By JIM METCALFE
SPENCERVILLE — Both fast-pitch softball crews from Spencerville and Ottawa-Glandorf were coming off extra-inning losses Friday night, so when they met up for a noon-time doubleheader Saturday at Spencerville, both were looking to rebound.
The Titans had the better of both contests on this bright and warm afternoon, totalling up 21 hits, 16 free passes and four hit batters to amass a 14-2, 19-3 sweep.
The first game ended after five innings; the second took six.
The Lady Titans (9-3) got nice pitching performances from Megan Kitchen (7-3; 5 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts; 84 pitches, 55 strikes) in game 1 and Steph Hempfling (2-0; 6 IPs, 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 5 Ks; 74 pitches, 54 strikes) in the nightcap.
The Titans got 13 hits in the opener, with Tasha Cass’s (3 runs) and Jessica Wehri’s (2 runs, 2 runs batted in) 3-for-4 each leading the way; Hempfling (2 runs, 2 stolen bases) and 2-for-2 and Selhorst going 2-for-3 also provided support.
An 8-run four frames, with 14 going to the dish, led the visitors.
Tori Johnston took the loss (0-6; 3 1/3 IPs, 11 hits, 13 runs, 12 earned, 6 BBs, 3 Ks).
She had the only multi-hit game for the Lady Bearcats, going 2-for-2.
The visitors went up 1-0 in the top of the first on a walk, a single, a hit batter and a groundout by Cass, scoring Hempfling.
The Bearcats tied it quickly on a 2-base throwing error, a fielder’s choice and a run-scoring single to left by Johnston, plating Alyssa Mulholland. The Black Attack left a pair of runners on. O-G made it 3-1 in the second on a walk, bunt single and error, scoring Kayla Leatherman, then a 2-out groundout by Molly Closson (Wehri).
The guests extended the lead to 5-1 in the third, putting together an error, a sacrifice and three singles, including a run-scorer by Wehri (Selhorst); Cass scored on the error.
The hosts got within 5-2 in the home half on a 1-out sharp singles to left by Johnston and Shumate and a double to left by Mackenzie Ringwald; a perfect Selhorst-Hempfling-Michelle Sdao relay nailed Shumate at home.
In the Lady Titan fourth, they used a sacrifice, a wild pitch, five walks — including three that were bases loaded (Leatherman, Brianne Closson and Hempfling) — and six hits, plus some aggressive base-running, to do the damage. RBI knocks came from Selhorst, Wehri and M. Closson. When the final out was recorded by Shumate, the score stood 13-2, O-G.
A double play ruined Spencerville’s chances after a leadoff error on Amber Hallard’s grounder in the fourth.
The guests tacked on the final run in the fifth on a triple by Cass and a 1-out bounceout by Leatherman.
The Bearcats loaded the bases with one out in the fifth (Haleigh Mull single, free pass to Johnston, error on Shumate’s grounder) but could not score as the run-rule came into effect.
In the nightcap, O-G got a 10-run fifth inning to put the game away.
Molly Closson led the Titans (2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs), along with Erin Basinger (2-for-4, 4 RBIs, 2 runs) and Kelly Selhorst (2-for-5, 2 RBIs).
Johnston had the only multi-hit game for Spencerville (3-11) with a 2-for-3 contest. After a scoreless first, O-G put up a 5-spot in the top of the second on an error, a wild pitch, a hit batter, a free pass and three hits, including an RBI single by Basinger (Cass) and a 2-run knock by M. Closson (Leatherman and Wehri).
The Titans made it 6-0 in the third on a walk, a sacrifice bunt and error and then a successful squeeze by Wehri, scoring Cass.
It became 7-0 in the Titan fourth: 1-out free pass) M. Closson), hit batter (Hempfling), a steal and then a bounceout by Sdao.
Spencerville got their only runs of the nightcap in the home half. Consecutive base hits by Johnston and Mull preceded a 2-run double by Shumate. Two 1-out errors on grounders by Abbie Lee and Hanna Keller plated Shumate for a 7-3 edge.
O-G pushed the lead to 9-3 in the fifth on a 1-out walk to Leatherman, an RBI triple by Wehri and a groundout by Brianne Closson.
The Titans sent 14 to the dish in the sixth, combining four free passes, a hit batter and five hits. The big blow was a bases-clearing triple by Basinger, along with back-to-back 2-run singles by Sdao and Selhorst that completed the scoring.
“We’ll chalk this up to one of those days. It seemed like we missed the wake-up alarm,” Spencerville coach Jeff Johnston explained. “We actually did decently on offense; we got girls on base but didn’t come up with the clutch hits enough to get them home. We gave up way too many walks to go with their hits and we didn’t play good defense to keep them from taking extra bases.”
Both return to action 5 p.m. today: Spencerville at Ada and O-G vs. Van Wert.
Molly Closson cf 2-0-1-2, Steph Hempfling ss 2-2-2-1, Michelle Sdao c 3-1-1-0, Kelly Selhorst lf 3-2-2-1, Tasha Cass 3b 4-3-3-1, Megan Kitchen p 3-0-0-0, Erin Basinger cr 0-1-0-0, Kayla Leatherman 1b 1-2-0-2, Jessica Wehri 2b 4-2-3-2, Brianne Closson rf 2-1-1-1, Erin Basinger rf 0-0-0-0. Totals 24-14-13-10.
Alyssa Mulholland ss 3-1-0-0, Haleigh Mull c 3-0-1-0, Tori Johnston p/3b 2-1-2-1, Alex Shumate 3b/p 3-0-1-0, Mackenzie Ringwald cf 3-0-1-1, Shelby Mulholland 1b 2-0-0-0, Caitlyn Probst 1b 1-0-0-0, Amber Hallard rf 2-0-0-0, Haley Calvelage dp 2-0-0-0, Hanna Keller lf 0-0-0-0, Alli Gilroy 2b 1-0-0-0. Totals 22-2-5-2.
Score by Innings:
Ott.-Glandorf 1 2 2 8 1 - 14
Spencerville 1 0 1 0 0 - 2
E: Hempfling 3, Kitchen, Shumate, Hallard; DP: Ottawa-Glandorf 1; LOB: Ottawa-Glandorf 6, Spencerville 7; 2B: Hempfling, Ringwald; 3B: Cass, SB: Hempfling 2, Cass 2, Selhorst, Mull, Johnston, Shumate; CS: Wehri (by Mull); Sac: M. Closson, Leatherman.
IP H R ER BB SO
Kitchen (W, 7-3) 5.0 5 2 1 2 4
Johnston (L, 0-6) 3.1 11 13 12 6 3
Shumate 1.2 2 1 1 1 2
WP: Johnston; HBP: Selhorst (by Johnston).
Molly Closson 3b 3-3-2-2, Steph Hempfling p 2-2-0-0, Michelle Sdao c 4-1-1-3, Kelly Selhorst cf 5-1-2-2, Tasha Cass 3b 2-3-0-1, Kayla Leatherman 1b 2-3-1-0, Jessica Wehri 2b 1-3-1-3, Brianne Closson rf 4-1-0-1, Erin Basinger lf 4-2-2-4. Totals 27-19-9-1.
Alyssa Mulholland ss 3-0-0-0, Maddy Hollar 2b 3-0-0-0, Alli Gilroy 2b 0-0-0-0, Tori Johnston c 3-0-2-1, Jenny Burnett cr 0-1-0-0, Haleigh Mull cf 3-1-1-0, Alex Shumate p 3-0-1-2, Alli Gilroy cr 0-1-0-0, Amber Hallard 2b 0-0-0-0, Mackenzie Ringwald 3b 2-0-0-0, Haley Calvelage ph 1-0-0-0, Abbie Lee lf 2-0-0-0, Jenny Burnett ph/rf 1-0-0-0, Hanna Keller dp 2-0-0-1, Jalyn Pickelsimer rf/pr 0-0-0-0, Shelby Mulholland 1b 2-0-0-0. Totals 25-3-4-3.
Score by Innings:
Ott.-Glandorf 0 5 1 1 2 (10) - 19
Spencerville 0 0 0 3 0 0 - 3
E: Cass 2, Wehri, Johnston, Ringwald; LOB: Ottawa-Glandorf 4, Spencerville 4; 2B: Shumate; 3B: Wehri, Basinger, SB: M. Closson, Hempfling, A. Mulholland; POB: Johnston (by Sdao); Sac: Leatherman, Wehri.
IP H R ER BB SO
Selhorst (W, 2-0) 6.0 4 3 2 0 5
Shumate (L, 3-5) 6.0 9 19 18 9 4
WP: Selhorst; HBP: Hempfling (by Shumate), Cass (by Shumate), Wehri (by Shumate).