Findlay High School’s baseball team got clutch two-out RBI hits from Nolan Rodman and Wesley Breitigam in back-to-back innings and the Trojans held on for a 5-3 nonlegaue win over Marion Harding on Friday.
Rodman’s RBI single put Findlay up 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning. After Marion Harding tied it in the top of the third, Nick Kiffemeyer walked leading off the bottom half of the inning, Ryan Golden singled, and Dillon Ortman reached on a passed-ball third strike to load the bases. Two pop-ups — one to the pitcher, one to the catcher — threatened to kill the rally, but Breitigam came through with a two-run single to make it 4-2.
Michael Roche doubled and Clay Rice singled him home for an insurance run in the fifth.
Desmond Lino (1-1) went the distance for the win, allowing seven hits and striking out seven in seven innings. Findlay also capitalized on seven Marion Harding errors in winning for the third time in its last four games and improving to 4-5 overall.
Findlay will host Celina today in a nonleague doubleheader beginning at noon at the Flag City Memorial Field.
findlay 5, marion harding 3
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Findlay 112 010 x — 5 6 0
WP — Lino (1-1). LP — Endsley. top hitters: (Mar) Lawrence 2B; Endsley 1B, RBI. (Fin) Rodman 1B, RBI; Rice 1B, RBI; Breitigam 1B, RBI; Rche 2B.
records: Findlay 4-5.
findlay jv 12, marion harding 1
Marion Harding 100 00 — 1 2 8
Findlay JV 203 7x — 12 6 0
WP — Volpp (2-0). LP — Sayre. top hitters: (Fin) Martin 1B, RBI; Distel 1B, RBI; Berry 1B, 2 RBI; Cosiano 1B, RBI; Rinebolt 1B, RBI.
records: Findlay JV 5-3.
BASCOM — Alex Brock tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing four hits and striking out five as Hopewell-Loudon topped Arcadia 6-0 in nonconference action on Friday.
Bryan Scherger singled, doubled and drove in two runs, Tyler Rohe added a double and an RBI and Ryan Depinet finished with a single and two RBIs for the Chieftains (6-4).
Sawyer Kieffer, Dylan Conine, Tyler Reamer and Alex Pessell each singled once for Arcadia (1-5).
Arcadia 000 000 0 — 0 4 2 Hopewell-Loudon 100 311 x — 6 6 1
WP — Brock (1-1). LP — Enders. top hitters: (H-L) Scherger 1B, 2B, 2 RBI; Rohe 2B, RBI; Depinet 1B, 2 RBI.
records: Arcadia 1-5; Hopewell-Loudon 6-4.
PICK. CENTRAL 2
AKRON — Friday’s 3-2 softball win over Pickerington Central won’t help Elmwood win any league, sectional or district championships.
But in the bigger, broader, state-wide picture, that win should earn the Royals a ton of recognition.
Rebecca Harvey, Madison Arnold and Lindsay George drove in a run each and Miranda Benschoter allowed six hits but no earned runs in the contest, part of the Spring Showcase Tournament hosted by the Akron Racers, a women’s team that competes in the National Pro Fastpitch League.
Harvey had an RBI double, George an RBI single, and Arnold two base hits. Elmwood scored twice in the bottom of the third inning, then answered Pickerington Central’s two-run rally by scoring what turned out to be the winning run in bottom of the fifth.
Alex Kidwell and Kallie Boren had RBI doubles for Pickerington Central, a strong Division I team that started the season 6-0. The Tigers return eight starters from a 21-9 team that reached the regional semifinals last season.
Elmwood, which dropped a 10-3 decision to Highland earlier Friday, will face North Ridgeville today at 8 a.m.
Pickerington Central 000 020 0 — 2 6 0 Elmwood 002 010 x — 3 8 1
WP — Benschoter. LP — Gilkey. top hitters: (PC) .Boren 2B, RBI; Kidwell 1B, 2B, RBI. (Elm) Harvey 2B, RBI; Arnold 2-1B, RBI; George 1B, Marsh 1B, 2B.
records: Elmwood 6-2.
NEW RIEGEL 11
VAN BUREN 1
NEW RIEGEL — New Riegel rebounded from its first loss in a big way, scoring nine times in the first two innings of Friday’s game and run-ruling Van Buren 11-1 in a nonleague softball matchup.
Lauren Zoeller drove in five runs with two doubles, Leah Bouillon belted a solo home run, and Taylor Kirian and Brittany Gillig had two hits each as New Riegel improved to 11-1. Hailey Theis got the win, scattering five singles among five Van Buren (4-8) players.
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New Riegel 452 0x — 11 10 3
WP — Theis (1-0). LP — Fultz. top hitters: (NR) Kirian 2-1B; Scherger 1B, 3 RBI; Zoeller 2-2B, 5 RBI; Gillig 2-1B, 2 RBI; Bouillon HR, RBI.
records: Van Buren 4-8, New Riegel 11-1.
UPPER SCIOTO VALLEY 2-9
MCGUFFEY — Vanlue pounded out 19 hits, including 13 in the second game, and split a pair of five-inning nonleague contests with Upper Scioto Valley on Friday.
Haley Bonham singled and doubled, while Chelsi Hartman and Courtney Keeney each doubled and drove in a run as Vanlue (4-4) won the first game 4-2.
In the nightcap, Bonham singled and doubled and Jackie Kloepfer added a single and three RBIs as the Wildcats fell 9-8.
USV 002 00 — 2 2 1 Vanlue 011 2x — 4 6 1
WP — Kliesch (4-2). LP — Hites. top hitters: (Van) Bonham 1B, 2B; Hartman 2B, RBI; Keeney 2B, RBI.
records: Upper Scioto Valley 2-7; Vanlue 4-4.
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WP — Hites. LP — Hausserman (0-2). top hitters: (Van) Bonham 1B, 2B; Hausserman 2-1B; Clymer 2-1B; Kloepfer 1B, 3 RBI; Kohl 1B, 2B; Fletcher 2-1B, RBI.
records: Upper Scioto Valley 2-7; Vanlue 4-4.
COLUMBUS GROVE 12
COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove blew open a close game with a seven-run sixth inning to run rule Spencerville 12-2 in a six-inning Northwest Conference game on Friday.
Hope Schroeder (4-1) allowed two earned runs on seven hits in six innings of work to earn the victory in the circle, and helped her own cause with a home run at the plate.
Kyrah Yinger smacked a triple, while Monica Delgado and Brianna Glass each added a double for the Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1 NWC).
Cait Propst and Megan Miller each doubled for Spencerville (4-5, 0-3).
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Columbus Grove 410 007 — 12 14 2
WP — Schroeder (4-1). LP — Shumate. top hitters: (Spe) Propst 2B; Miller 2B. (CG) Delgado 2B; Glass 2B; Yinger 3B; Schroeder HR.
records: Spencerville 4-5, 0-3 NWC; Columbus Grove 4-1, 2-1 NWC.
BASCOM — Arcadia’s Alisha Baird slammed a pair of home runs to power the unbeaten Redskins past Hopewell-Loudon 18-2 in a nonconference softball game on Friday.
Baird also added a single to lead Arcadia’s 20-hit attack. Megan Hill had two doubles and two singles, Molly Glick doubled and singled and Skylar Conley and Abbie Dauterman both added two singles for the Redskins (7-0).
Kelsey Coppus and Abby Park had singles for Hopewell-Loudon.
Arcadia 221 032 8 — 18 20 0 Hopewell-Loudon 000 100 0 — 1 2 7
WP — As. Baird. LP — Coppus. top hitters: (Arc) Al. Baird 2-HR, 1B; Hill 2-2B, 2-1B; Dauterman 2-1B; Peters 2Bl Glick 2B; Keefe 2B. (H-L) Coppus 1B; Park 1B.
records: Arcadia 7-0, Hopewell-Loudon 1-10.
LIMA SENIOR 6
LIMA — Ada complemented a strong outing from sophomore pitcher Ashley Sumner with a 14-hit attack in steamrolling Lima Senior 15-6 in nonleague softball action on Friday.
Sumner allowed six hits, four earned runs and struck out 12. Megan Simon had three hits, Alexis Amburgey and Haley Wyss added two each and Ashley Windle had a three-run double as Ada improved to 5-2.
Emily Nance drove in four of Lima Seniors six runs with two singles and a double.
Ada 051 080 1 — 15 14 3
Lima Senior 103 020 0 — 6 6 4
WP — Sumner (2-0). LP — Daglio. top hitters: (Ada) Amburgey 2-1B, 2 RBI; Windle 2B, 3 RBI; Spangler 2B; Guagenti 1B, 2 RBI; Gonzaga 3B, RBI; Simon 3-1B, RBI; Wyss 2-1B, RBI; Pinks 2B. (LS) Twining 1B, 2B; Nance 2-1B, 2B, 4 RBI; Nuckles 1B, RBI.
records: Ada 5-2.