NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore, looking to repeat as Blanchard Valley Conference softball champion, gained a little cushion in the league standings on Wednesday with a 6-1 win over Liberty-Benton.
Solid pitching by Katelyn Weinandy and three two-run innings did it for North Baltimore, which remained unbeaten in BVC games (5-0) and improved to 10-3 overall. Liberty-Benton, a game out of first place entering the game, fell to 7-7, 4-2 in the league.
North Baltimore still leads Arcadia (6-5, 5-2) by a game in the standings. The Tigers and Redskins square off May 1 in Arcadia.
Makenna Ray had three singles, Jasmine McNett (2-1B) and Paige Hyatt (1B, 3B) had two hits each and all three drove in a run for North Baltimore. Weinandy went the distance, allowing four hits, one run and striking out six to up her record to 8-0.
Kacey Durliat had two hits and drove in the lone run for Liberty-Benton.
Liberty-Benton 001 000 0 — 1 4 0
North Baltimore 022 200 x — 6 10 1
WP — Weinandy (8-0). LP — Veenstra. TOP HITTERS: (L-B) Durliat 2-1B, RBI. (NB) Ray 3-1B, RBI; McNett 2-1B, RBI; Hyatt 1B, 3B, RBI.
RECORDS: Liberty-Benton 7-7 overall, 4-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; North Baltimore 10-3, 5-0 BVC.
ARCADIA — Hopewell-Loudon scored three runs in each of the first two innings and rolled past Arcadia 7-4 for a Blanchard Valley Conference softball win Wednesday.
Kyleigh Krupp doubled, homered and totaled three RBIs for the Chieftains who improved to 5-9 overall, 4-2 in the BVC.
Haley Kieffer was 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and two RBIs to lead the Redskins (6-5, 5-2) offensively.
Hopewell-Loudon 330 000 1 — 7 13 1
Arcadia 003 010 0 — 4 9 3
WP — Gosche. LP — Renz. TOP HITTERS: (H-L) Malagon 2-1B; Depinet 2-1B; Krupp 2B, HR, 3 RBI; Coppus 1B, RBI; Colley 3-1B, RBI; Kirby 2-1B, 2 RBI. (Arc) Kieffer HR, 1B, 2 RBI; Reinhart 2-1B; Peters 2B, 1B, RBI.
RECORDS: Hopewell-Loudon 5-9 overall, 4-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; Arcadia 6-5, 5-2 BVC.
VAN BUREN 5
LEIPSIC — Kila Fultz fired a one-hitter and Van Buren poured in five runs in the fourth inning in topping Leipsic 5-0 in a Blanchard Valley Conference softball game.
Fultz finished with seven strikeouts and two walks across seven frames to lead the Black Knights (8-4, 4-2 BVC), while Olivia Sexton (3-1B) and Leah Stall (2-1B) each tallied multi-hit games.
Summer Steingass took the loss for the Vikings (5-7, 2-4), but collected Leipsic’s only hit at the plate.
Van Buren 000 500 0 — 5 7 0
Leipsic 000 000 0 — 0 1 5
WP — Fultz. LP — Steingass. TOP HITTERS: (VB) Sexton 3-1B; Stall 2-1B; Fultz & Durliat 1B, RBI. (Leip) Steingass 1B.
RECORDS: Van Buren 8-4 overall, 4-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; Leipsic 5-7, 2-4 BVC.
MCCOMB — McComb cranked out 27 hits and hung a 15-spot in the second inning on winless Pandora-Gilboa en route to a 26-0 five-inning Blanchard Valley Conference softball win Wednesday.
Winning pitcher Shelby Steinbrook (6-5) threw a 59-pitch one-hitter with five strikeouts and also went 4 for 4 with a home run, a double and five RBIs to lead the Panthers offensively (6-8, 4-2 BVC).
Shaye Hemminger (2-2B), Hannah Davidson (2B) and Nora Hemminger (2-2B) each went 4 for 5 with Shaye Hemminger chipping in four RBIs.
Madi Dulaney had the only hit for the Rockets (0-7, 0-5).
Pandora-Gilboa 000 00 — 0 1 2
McComb 8(15)1 2x — 26 27 1
WP — Steinbrook (6-5). LP — Reigle. TOP HITTERS: (P-G) M. Dulaney 1B. (McC) Steinbrook 2-1B, 2B, HR, 5 RBI; Schroeder 2-1B, HR, 2 RBI; Seither 1B, RBI; Reigle 2-1B, RBI; S. Hemminger 2-1B, 2-2B, 4 RBI; Davison 3-1B, 2B, 2 RBI; N. Hemminger 2-1B, 2-2B, RBI; Herr 2-1B, 3 RBI; Dishong 2-1B; Simons 1B, RBI.
RECORDS: Pandora-Gilboa 0-7 overall, 0-5 Blanchard Valley Conference; McComb 6-8, 4-2 BVC.
BLOOMDALE — Claire Meyer doubled and drove in two runs to support Makenna Benschoter’s four-hit pitching as Elmwood downed winless Rossford 5-1 on Wednesday in a Northern Buckeye Conference softball game.
Kendra Stewart singled twice and knocked in a run to help the Royals improve to 11-2 overall and 2-1 in the NBC.
Benschoter allowed four singles, struck out three and walked three in the circle.
The Bulldogs slipped to 0-9 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
Rossford 001 000 — 1 4 0
Elmwood 031 01x — 5 8 0
WP — Benschoter. LP — Jarod. TOP HITTERS: (Ross) Murtha, Kitzler, Peters & Jarod 1B. (Elm) Kynard 2B, Stewart 2-1B, RBI; Meyer 2B, 2 RBI.
RECORDS: Rossford 0-9, 0-4 Northern Buckeye Conference; Elmwood 11-2, 2-1 NBC.
MILLER CITY 3
MILLER CITY — Bluffton outhit Miller City, but the Wildcats scored early and made the most of six walks and downed the Pirates 3-1 in nonconference action.
Miller City, which improved to 4-5 overall, was led by Tiffany Welty who finished a home run shy of the cycle. Megan Warnimont added two singles and earned the win in the circle going 4 2/3 innings and striking out three before a weather delay in the fifth inning. Taylor Roth allowed two hits and no runs in 21/3 innings of relief for a save.
Libby Schaadt walked six batters across two innings and took the loss for Bluffton (8-3), but tallied two singles at the plate. Averey Rumer and Aimee Ritter also singled twice.
Bluffton 100 000 0 — 1 8 0
Miller City 210 000 0 — 3 6 2
WP — Warnimont. LP — Schaadt. TOP HITTERS: (Blu) Rumer, Schaadt & Ritter 2-1B. (MC) Welty 1B, 2B, 3B, RBI; Warnimont 2-1B.
RECORDS: Bluffton 8-3 overall; Miller City 4-5.