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Bowling Green beats Sandusky in district semis, 3-0

Michael Truax • May 21, 2011 at 7:00 AM

In Sandusky softball's elimination game, the Blue Streaks were plagued by the same problems they've seen all season: defensive errors and stranded runners.

The Blue Streaks fell in the Division I district semifinal to Bowling Green, 3-0, at the Paradiso Athletic Field at Tiffin University. Two errors led to two unearned runs for the Bobcats as the Blue Streaks stranded seven.

Sandusky senior Ashley Gilbert's mixed-speed pitches confused Bowling Green early in the game, earning her 10 strikeouts in the first 12 outs. She struck out the sides in each of the first two innings. In the second inning, she sat down the Bobcats in order. In the fifth and sixth innings, however, all six of Bowling Green's outs were in the field.

"The Bowling Green coach said that when he saw the stat sheet on her for district nominations that he knew they were up against a good pitcher," Garard said. "She didn't disappoint him. She was on today."

Gilbert, a four-year starter, pitched her final game and finished the 2011 season with 263 strikeouts. Gilbert will play for Muskingum University, a Division III school, next year.

"To have that talent pitching, that's everything in fastpitch," Garard said. "I think she has inspired the younger ones, and I have a younger one coming up that's going to be good."

Sandusky finished the season 14-14, 6-4 in the Greater Buckeye Conference for third place behind Napoleon and Fremont.

Bowling Green opened scoring in the third. Shannon Joseph singled to left field to open the inning. Two batters layer, Haley Williford singled to right-center field to score Joseph from second.

Bowling Green added two insurance runs in the fifth. A throw away on a pickoff attempt allowed BG's Casey Akenberger to score from second for the first run of the inning.

"That kind of aggressiveness on the bases, that's been good," BG coach Jim Cress said. "We made them make the plays and sometimes they did, sometimes they didn't to our advantage. That was a key, too."

A passed ball later, the Bobcats brought in Lily Murnen with a sacrifice fly.

Sandusky missed a chance to score in the first inning, with runners on first and third with two outs. The Blue Streaks also missed opportunities in the third and fourth, with two on and two out in each inning.

"That's something that we're going to have to figure out," Garard said. "We're getting the kids there, we just need to get them in. Whatever that entails, we're going to try to get that done in the offseason."

Caroline Estel led the Blue Streaks at the plate with singles in her first two at bats. Bailey Smith hit a two-out double in the fourth inning, but the Streaks could not capitalize on the hit.

Bowling Green advances to play Northern Lakes League opponent Anthony Wayne. The Bobcats and General split the regular-season meetings.

Sandusky 000 000 0 -- 0 4 2

Bowling Green 001 020 0 -- 3 5 0

WP: Casey Akenberger. LP: Ashley Gilbert.

2B: Sandusky 1 (Bailey Smith)

New London 6, Crestview 2

At New London, the Wildcats clinched the Firelands Conference outright with a 6-2 victory over Crestview on Friday, their fifth consecutive outright title.

New London is 18-2, 11-0 in the FC, while Crestview and Western Reserve sit four games back apiece.

Cassidy Wise held Crestview scoreless until the seventh, when two walks and an error led to two runs for the Cougars.

Taylor Moody tripled and singled for the Wildcats with an RBI and a run scored. She had a pair of singles against Western Reserve on Thursday.

"She's hitting the ball real well right now," New London coach Randy Ruggles said. "I think it's just better decisions at the plate. She's just a freshman. I said by the end of the season, you're no longer a freshman. I think she's coming through now."

New London plays a 9 a.m. game today against the Eagles in Monroeville. They finish up their season with a doubleheader at home against South Central at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

St. Paul 9, Monroeville 3

At Monroeville, St. Paul scored four runs in the top of the third inning on their way to a 9-3 win over the Eagles on Friday.

Sheridan Conney had two hits and three RBIs to lead the Lady Flyers at the plate. Erin Kramer added two hits and two RBIs. Annie Conway hit a pair of doubles.

Also for the Flyers, Colleen Corrigan, Kelsey Bama and Lexi Hipp each singled twice.

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