|Heckel, Lady 'Dogs survive vs. Kalida|
|Thursday, May 09, 2013 12:28 AM|
By DAVE BONINSEGNA
The Delphos Herald
COLUMBUS GROVE — The Columbus Grove Lady Bulldogs were trying to stay alive in the Putnam County League fast-pitch softball race, while the Kalida LadyCats were trying to play the role of spoiler.
In the end, behind Bulldog ace Bobbi Heckel, Grove fulfilled its end of the bargain in a 2-0 victory.
The hosts escaped as despite the LadyCats loading the bases in three of the final four innings but couldn’t score.
Kalida left runners on the corners in the second.
The hosts scored a run in the bottom of the second when Micah Stechschulte hit a 1-out single and scored on a Briana Glass base hit to make it 1-0 after two.
In the Kalida fourth, Kaylynn Verhoff (2-for-4), Kayla Siefker and Lanie Laudick all reached to load the bases with none out; that is when Heckel reared back and struck out the next three batters she faced to get out of the inning unscathed.
“I just wanted to get outs; I was nervous because I let them on. It was just awesome; I had to keep my head up. They are a good team and I know that my team is back there to defend me,” Heckel commented.
Grove used that momentum in their half of the fourth. Katie Roose led off the inning with a walk and scored on a Stechschulte fielder’s choice, giving the home team a 2-0 lead.
“That was the difference tonight; neither team was able to get the key hits but we were able to get the outs when we needed it. We ended three innings that way so that was good for us,” Grove head coach Brian Schroeder stated.
Nevertheless, the LadyCats were not going quietly. For the second inning in a row, they loaded the bases, this time after two were out. Amy Smith, Verhoff and Siefker reached on consecutive hits but again, Heckel got a clutch out, getting Laudick to bounce right back to the center circle to retire the side.
Grove had a small threat in its half of the fifth but Emily Schnipke was pitching a gem herself and got out of the inning without another run scoring.
Kalida had two more shots and were making the most of their at-bat in the sixth by loading the bases again. Skylar Basinger and Schnipke were retired to account for the first two outs but Andrea Bellman, Nichole Recker and Summer Holtkamp all followed by getting on base to again give the LadyCats a chance to score. As in the previous two innings, Heckel and the Lady Bulldogs got out of the inning without a Wildcat runner crossing the plate.
The seventh inning was much easier for Heckel as she retired the side in order, preserving the win and keeping the PCL hopes alive for the home team.
“That was one of our main goals this year when we started out; I just hope that we can do it,” Heckel added.
Both teams are in action today: Kalida at Hardin Northern and Columbus Grove at Lincolnview in NWC action.
Nichole Recker ss 3-0-1-0, Summer Holtkamp lf 3-0-1-0, Amy Smith 2b 4-0-1-0, Kaylynn Verhoff c 4-0-2-0, Kayla Siefker cf 3-0-1-0, Laine Laudick dp 4-0-1-0, Skylar Basinger rf 3-0-0-0, Emily Schnipke p 2-0-0-0, Andrea Bellman 1b 3-0-0-0. Totals 29-0-6-0.
Columbus Grove (2)
Deanna Kleman cf 3-0-1-0, Kyrah Yinger ss 3-0-1-0, Hope Schreoder 3b 2-0-0-0, OVERSET FOLLOWS:Kara Birkemeier 1b 3-0-1-0, Katie Roose c 3-1-0-0, Micah Stechshulte lf 3-1-1-1, Bobbi Heckel p 3-0-1-0, Briana Glass 2b 2-0-1-1, Haley Grigsby rf 2-0-0-0. Totals 24-2-6-2.
Score by Innings:
Kalida 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 6 1
Grove 0 1 0 1 0 0 x - 2 6 3
story created on Wednesday 5/8/2013 at 10:00:56 pm by Jim Metcalfe
story modified on Wednesday 5/8/2013 at 11:09:24 pm by Sarah Burnheimer
|Last Updated on Thursday, May 09, 2013 9:31 AM|