ARLINGTON — Arlington built a 5-0 lead, weathered Arcadia’s comeback bid, and took a huge step toward what could be a third straight Blanchard Valley Conference softball championship with a 5-2 victory over the Redskins in a matchup of BVC unbeatens on Wednesday.
Arlington, which shared the BVC title with Liberty-Benton in 2012 and won it outright a year ago, improved to 10-2 overall and 5-0 in the league.
The Red Devils travel to Hardin Northern (6-2 overall, 4-0 BVC) on Monday in a backyard showdown that will go a long way in deciding this year’s conference champion.
Megan Johnson did not hit a home run for the third straight game. But the sophomore second baseman did single, double, triple and drive in a run to headline Arlington’s offense.
Courtney Stultz had two hits for the Red Devils, and winning pitcher Britnee Johnson added an RBI single.
Megan Hill and Courtney Cramer had two hits each for Arcadia (8-2, 4-1 BVC).
One of Hills’ hits was an RBI single during Arcadia’s two-run rally in the top of the sixth inning.
Britnee Johnson eventually pitched her way out of trouble, though, and Arlington locked down the win.
Arcadia 000 002 0 — 2 7 3
Arlington 103 100 x — 5 8 2
WP — B. Johnson (9-2). LP — As. Baird. top hitters: (Arc) Cramer 2-1B; Hill 2-1B, RBI. (Arl) Stoltz 2-1B; M. Johnson 1B, 2B, 3B, RBI; B. Johnson 1B, RBI.
records: Arcadia 8-2 overall, 4-1 Blanchard Valley Conference; Arlington 10-2, 5-0.
VAN BUREN 12
VAN BUREN — Nichole Miller twirled a no-hitter and faced one batter over the minimum as Van Buren rolled to a 12-0 Blanchard Valley Conference softball win over Leipsic on Wednesday.
Miller struck out 10 of the batters she faced and walked one in five innings of work. She also starred at the plate with a pair of singles, a triple and an RBI.
Kila Fultz homered and tripled driving in four, Brylie Rampe had two singles and a double with an RBI and Olivia Sattler chipped in a double and single with an RBI for the Black Knights (5-9 overall, 2-2 BVC).
Leipsic fell to 4-10 and 1-3 with the loss.
Leipsic 000 00 — 0 0 4 Van Buren 362 1x — 12 14 0
WP — Miller. LP — Gerten. top hitters: (VB) Miller 2-1B, 3B, RBI; Sattler 2B, 1B, RBI; Fultz HR, 3B, 4 RBI; Rampe 2-1B, 2B, RBI; Jenna Gallello 2-1B.
records: Van Buren 5-9 overall, 2-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; Leipsic 4-10, 1-3.
HARDIN NORTHERN 11
VANLUE — Hardin Northern’s Addy Bame had a big night at the plate, hitting a home run, two singles and driving in four runs, and the junior picked up the win in the circle to lead the Polar Bears past Vanlue 11-1 in five innings in a Blanchard Valley Conference softball game Wednesday.
Lea Rowe had two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs for Hardin Northern (6-2, 4-0 BVC), which scored four runs in the first inning.
Sami Hausserman singled twice and drove in a run for Vanlue (4-8, 2-3 BVC). The Wildcats had more errors (six) than hits (four).
The Polar Bears will face Arlington (5-0) in a key BVC contest on Monday.
Hardin Northern 420 32 — 11 8 0 Vanlue 100 00 — 1 4 6
WP — Bame. LP — Kliesch (4-6). top hitters: (HN) Bame HR, 2-1B, 4 RBI; Rowe 3B, 1B, 2 RBI. (Van) Hausserman 2-1B, RBI.
records: Hardin Northern 6-2 overall, 4-0 Blanchard Valley Conference. Vanlue 4-8, 2-3.
Two eight-run rallies turned a close game into a run-away as Liberty-Benton run-ruled McComb 17-0 in Blanchard Valley Conference softball play on Wednesday.
Samantha Johnson had a double, two singles and drove in two runs. Mica Terrian knocked in three runs with a double and a triple for the Eagles (4-7, 3-2 BVC).
Maddi Pape pitched a two-hitter for the win.
McComb 000 00 — 0 2 4
Liberty-Benton 108 8x — 17 13 1
WP — Pape. LP — Gomez. top hitters: (L-B) Johnson 2B, 2-1B, 2 RBI; Terrian 2B, 3B, 3 RBI; Rodesky 1B, RBI.
records: McComb 2-11 overall, 0-5 BVC; Liberty-Benton 4-7, 3-2 BVC.
PANDORA — Pandora-Gilboa put five runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning on Wednesday and never looked back in rolling to a 13-3 Blanchard Valley Conference softball win over Cory-Rawson.
Hunter Hermiller drove in three runs with a triple and Britany Riegle plated three runs with a pair of base hits. Megan Maag also tripled and Vivian Nofziger added two hits for P-G (2-7, 2-4).
Cory-Rawson 100 11 — 3 4 5
Pandora-Gilboa 503 14 — 13 7 5
WP — M. Maag (2-7). LP — Henry. top hitters: (C-R) Marsall 1B; Ricksecker 1B. (P-g) Hermiller 3B, 3 RBI; M. Maag 1B, 3B, RBI; Nofziger 2-1B; Reigle 2-1B, 3 RBI.
records: Cory-Rawson 0-7 overall, 0-3 BVC; Pandora-Gilboa 2-7, 2-4 BVC.