Lady Panthers run-rule Wildcats
— Paulding invaded Delphos Monday night and the Lady Panther softball
team evened their league record at 1-1 and raised their overall record
to 3-6 with a 14-0 5-inning win over the host Wildcats.
Jefferson drops to 2-9 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
Andrews had three hits for the Panthers, Allison Rice had two hits —
including a double — Kayla Lucas had a triple and Hannah Dominique had a
Abby Parkins, Kailyn Hartsock and Audrey North had hits for Delphos.
Jefferson hosts Continental Tuesday.
On Saturday, Delphos split a doubleheader at the Lima Senior Spartans, winning the first one 11-7 and dropping the second 10-9.
Recker fans 19 as Kalida dispels Pirates
— The Kalida baseballers — behind the 19-strikeout performance by Owen
Recker — handed visiting Continental a 4-1 Putnam County League loss
Monday night at Historic Holy Name Ballpark.
Recker went the distance for the host Wildcats (6-5, 3-0 PCL), giving up one hit and no earned runs.
Dockery went the distance for the Pirates (1-6, 0-3 PCL), surrendering
four hits, four runs (2 earned), four walks, one hit batter and four
Kevin Hamburg went 2-for-3 for Kalida.
Kalida 4, Continental 1
Continental: 000 400 0 : 1 1 2
Kalida: 000 004 X: 4 4 1
WP: Owen Recker (3-2), LP: Brady Dockery. 2B: Derek Buss (K).
Polar Bears sweep BU in baseball twin-bill
— The Bluffton University baseball team limited local rival Ohio
Northern to just seven runs in two games but the Polar Bears parlayed
them into a non-conference sweep at Wander Field on Monday.
luffton fell to 11-16 with its eighth straight loss, while ONU improved to 15-14 following the victories.
Austin Prosser (Galion) RBI groundout in the third plated Dennis Szalai
(LaGrange/Keystone) for a 1-0 lead over the Polar Bears.
Northern took advantage of a Bluffton error in the home half, scoring
three unearned runs for a 3-1 lead and ending the scoring as the home
team took game one.
Senior Corey Johnson (Waverly) was superb,
tossing a complete game 7-hitter. He allowed three runs, none earned, in
six innings of work. Johnson fanned four and allowed just one free
Freshman Luke Kail (Waynesfield/Sandy Valley) put Bluffton
up 2-0 with his first collegiate home run, a shot to left field in the
third inning. An RBI fielder’s choice for Tanner Hodges (Taylor,
Mich./John F. Kennedy) made it 3-2 visitors midway through the fifth but
ONU put together three straight 1-out hits in the bottom of the sixth
for two runs and what turned out to be the final 4-3 margin.
Golden (Findlay) went 3-of-4 with a run scored. Senior Blake Merrill
(Toledo/Whitmer) finished with two hits and Kail drove in two runs.
A.J. Phillimore (Old Fort) turned in a solid start for the Beavers,
allowing just two runs on four hits in four innings of work. He struck
out one and walked two but did not factor in the decision. Freshman Cam
Clark (Cairo/Bath) dropped his first collegiate decision despite
limiting ONU to two runs on three hits in three innings of relief.
Beavers will be back at it on Tuesday when they make the short trip to
rival Defiance College for a Heartland Conference showdown. The first
pitch is slated for 4:15 p.m.