Lady Streaks win first-ever district softball title

TIFFIN It's been a fantastic 24 hours for Sandusky's softball team. One day after bre
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



It's been a fantastic 24 hours for Sandusky's softball team.

One day after breaking the school record for single-season wins, the Lady Streaks captured the school's first ever district title in softball, topping Perrysburg 2-0 at Tiffin University.

Mackenzie Rohrbacher pitched a complete game shutout and allowed a mere two hits while fanning a total of 12 batters, and Sandusky made key plays on defense to preserve the win.

"Lights out, that's all I can say," coach Tom Garard said of Rohrbacher's performance. "Perrysburg's a good hitting team. I think their team batting average is .3-something, and she shut them down."

"We knew coming in here these girls were good hitters, so it really means a lot," Rohrbacher said of the district title. "It's really good for the school, and it's really exciting."

Junior Jasmine Brown would provide all the offense the Streaks needed in the top of the sixth inning.

After Meredith Fogg singled to right field, Starr Sidoti followed with a sacrifice bunt that moved Fogg to second base. Alyssa Berger, pinch running for Fogg, reached third base on a wild pitch. Brown slapped an RBI double in the gap between center and left to bring Berger home, and then moved to third when the throw to the infield sailed into the Sandusky dugout.

"I watched the ball and stayed focused," Brown said. "We just came together as a team and played solid defense, and just played like we play."

Brown crossed home when a wild pitch went to the backstop, giving the Streaks an insurance run and a 2-0 lead.

"We knew one run could win the game," Garard said. "Meredith Fogg has led us all year, she's been the spark plug, and once she got on we knew something good was going to happen, and the kids came through. Jasmine Brown with that big hit, and they gave us one with that passed ball -- but we'll take it."

From there, the ladies in blue would turn to defense to close the door.

Rohrbacher struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth inning, setting the stage for the bottom of the seventh.

With one out and no runners, Fogg went to field a routine grounder between first and second base, but didn't field the ball cleanly. She scrambled to the loose ball and snagged it barehanded and flipped it to first base to barely nail the runner out.

After issuing a walk, Perrysburg hit a bloop shot over third base, but shortstop Miah Pearson was able to run it down and make the catch for the final out, sending Sandusky into an on-field frenzy.

"We had positioned (our defense) to take the blooper away 15 seconds before it happened," Garard said.

Brown finished the game going 3-for-3 and the game winning RBI, while Fogg, Pearson, and Megan Kimberlin all had singles. Rohrbacher's earned her 19 win this year, while Sandusky extends its record for vicotories to 21 on the season.

"The real Sandusky Blue Streaks showed up today," said Garard. " I'm so proud of these kids, and they should be proud of themselves."

Sandusky moves on to the regional semifinal and will play at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23 at Clyde High School.

WP -- Mackenzie Rohrbacher (19-6); LP -- Kim Bryson

2B -- (S) Jasmine Brown