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Knight, Edison too much for Port Clinton

Fandy.com Staff • Apr 30, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Another day, another victory for Edison over Port Clinton, albeit much closer than Thursday's contest.

The Chargers beat the Redskins 6-0 on Friday, right on the heels of an 18-3 Edison victory over P.C. on Thursday.

Edison's Susan Knight, batting a team-leading .600 and slugging 1.022, hit her fourth home run this season. Over the last six games, Knight is hitting .777 (14 for 18) with two home runs and four walks drawn.

"I can't explain it," Edison coach Dale Dawson said. "To her, I think she's hitting a beach ball. It's definitely bigger than a softball. She's seeing the ball real well right now.

"I've had coaches ask me, 'Hey, what did you do? How did you get her hitting up?' I'm not touching anything. I'm not going to screw anything up."

Edison (13-4, 5-1 Sandusky Bay Conference) scored half of their runs in the third inning. Knight led off with a home run, followed by a single and a stolen base by Madison Cheek. Tasha Lonabarger singled to drive in Cheek and stole second base herself. Morgan Schaeffer drove in Lonabarger with a single.

Knight (9-4) struck out 11 and walked two in the win.

Dawson said the second game in two days against Port Clinton affected the way that the Chargers approached this game.

"We won last night going away, and it's really tough from our standpoint to get the players to understand that it's a new game, 0-0," he said. "We're not up 18-3. We've got to play again."

Second-year Port Clinton (3-10, 1-4) coach said that the back-to-back contests affected her team, including their pitching substitutions in Game 1.

"We kind of went into the game with that in the back of our minds. We didn't have any bounce-back time from that," Kline said. "I think the girls played well considering they didn't have that time."

For Edison, Karyn Schmidt was 3 for 4 and Danielle Wilhelm and Lonabarger were each 2 for 4.

Wilhelm stole two more bases, bringing her to 31 this season and just two behind the Edison school record.

Hope Thorbahn hit a double for Port Clinton.

Kline said she saw a positive in freshman pitcher Paige Culver's (2-2) handling of situations with runners on base, paired up with another freshman in Thorbahn behind the plate.

"I was happy seeing that, Paige being condfident and getting out of those situations," Kline said.

The Redskins host Margaretta for an odd doubleheader today with games at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The first game counts as an SBC match, while the second is not. Port Clinton travels to Margaretta for their second SBC game on Tuesday.

Margaretta's Keegan steps up again

Makenzie Keegan's second key RBI triple in two days lifted the Polar Bears to a 5-2 victory over the Panthers.

Ali James, Erica Dickman and Kendra Gast led off the bottom of the first with singles, as James scored on Gast's hit. Liz Kidd hit into a fielder's choice to score Dickman.

SMCC responded with a pair of runs in the top of the second, as Hannah Green's single brought Christa Widman and Natalie Colavincenzo home.

Margaretta's James and Dickman led off the fifth with back-to-back singles, scoring on a triple by Keegan. Keegan scored on a single by Sierra Protzman to give the Bears a 5-2 lead.

Cortney Hansen struck out seven and walked none for Margaretta after struggling in a narrow victory over Oak Harbor Thursday.

"I told her after the game yesterday to keep her head up and (that) we still had faith in her," Margaretta coach Matt Johnson said. "She fell off the horse yesterday, but didn't hesitate getting right back on today."

James and Dickman finished with three hits apiece.

Margaretta (8-2, 6-0 SBC) is tied atop the conference with Perkins (6-0 SBC). The Pirates and Bears are (re-)scheduled to meet for the first time May 11 in Perkins Township, and again on May 16 in Castalia.

Margaretta plays a doubleheader today in Port Clinton (3-10, 1-4), with only the first game counting as a conference game.

The Panthers gear up for five conference games in five days next week: Monday at Huron, Tuesday hosting Perkins, Wednesday hosting Clydem Thursday hosting Port Clinton and Friday at Port Clinton.

Napoleon 5, Sandusky 3

At Napoleon, the Blue Streaks failed to capitalize on their offensive chances in a loss to the Wildcats, their last trip to a distant Greater Buckeye Conference opponent.

"We don't like the bus rides. The kids go a long time without eating," Sandusky coach Tom Garard said, "but competition-wise, we're going to miss it. We're going to miss the teams, but not the trips."

Sandusky (10-9, 4-2 GBC) spoiled a bases-loaded opportunity with one out in the sixth inning with two straight bouncers back to the pitcher.

"It was just one of (those) games where we didn't get the hit," Garard said. "We made some mental errors."

Kylie Neer was 2 for 3, while Jena Meggitt doubled and scored for Sandusky. Caroline Estel and Bailey Smith recorded RBIs.

Tiffin Columbian 7, Norwalk 0

At Norwalk, the Tornadoes got a six-hit shutout win in a Northern Ohio League game.

With the loss, the Lady Truckers fall to 7-10 and 2-4 in the league. They host Shelby on Monday.

Norwalk coach Frank Maire said the team adjusted its lineup Friday, attempting to play small-ball and use speed to its advantage.

He said the team made good contact, striking out just twice, but couldn't put any runs together. The Lady Truckers managed just six hits.

"They (Columbian) played good defense," Maire said. "We kind of fell apart defensively when they scored four runs in the fourth inning. Then we had two errors in the sixth inning when they scored three runs."

N. London 10, W. Reserve 0 (6 inn.)

At New London, the Wildcats shook off a cold start for a 10-0 run-rule victory over the Roughriders on Friday.

New London held a slim 2-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.

"I thought we were coasting, so I scolded them a little bit," New London coach Randy Ruggles said. "I told them we didn't want it to come down to a two-run game."

The Wildcats (10-1, 6-0 Firelands Conference) responded to the talk with five runs in the bottom of the fifth, adding three more in the sixth.

Cassidy Wise (9-1) held Western Reserve to two hits, including a triple by Theresa Jackson in the first inning.

Josie Hall was 3 for 3 with a double, while Marissa Saley and Lauren Scruggs each singled and doubled. Haley Parrott and Olivia Held both singled twice.

St. Paul 19, St. Peter 0 (5 inn.)

At Norwalk, the Lady Flyers batted around twice during a 13-run first inning that led to a 19-0 run-rule victory over Mansfield St. Peter.

During the first-inning rush, the Flyers recorded 11 hits, with Erin Kramer, Mikayla Coe, Sarah Rhoad and Lexi Hipp with two apiece.

Colleen Corrigan (2-10) earned the win, combining with Kristen Moore and Elise Nickoli for a one-hitter with five strikeouts.

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