|Lady Green pummels Wildcats in last game before tourney|
|Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:17 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
OTTOVILLE — Jefferson was making its final preparations for the second season in fast-pitch softball Friday afternoon at Ottoville.
The Lady Wildcats continued their season-long struggles as the Lady Green jumped all over them with a 10-run first frame and went on to a 15-0 five-inning rout.
Lady Green (2-9) senior Kenzie Martin (2-7) tossed a 1-hitter in her five-inning complete game, facing only one over the minimum (47 pitches, 38 strikes), walking none and fanning eight.
The only hit for the Lady Wildcats (0-14) came on a solid 1-out single down the left-field by senior Taylor Branham in the second frame.
In the Ottoville first against junior starter Hannah Sensibaugh, they sent 14 to the dish. They compiled six stolen bases, five free passes, five wild pitches, three errors and four hits, including a two-run double by Martin (2-for-4, 4 runs batted in) and run-scoring knocks by Morgan Beining and Stephanie Horstman. In the end, Sensibaugh had thrown 64 pitches as the Lady Green led 10-0.
In the Ottoville second, they added five more tallies in sending 11 to the plate. This time, they amassed one error, a hit batter, two free passes — one a bases-loaded one to Elena Horstman (2 walks) — and three hits, including a two-run single by Martin and a run-producing base hit by Paige Lucas (2-for-3, 3 runs), to grab a 15-0 edge.
Robyn Turnwald added two free passes for the hosts.
“We tried to save our ace, Taylor, for the first tournament game (today) and also give Hannah some time on the mound. She needs the time because she is only a junior and the only way you get better is to play,” Jefferson coach Josiah Stober noted. “Overall, it just wasn’t a good day. We didn’t get anything going at the plate and we struggled in the field. At the same time, these girls continue to play hard and work to get better. We need to come out mentally ready for our tourney game and I think if we do, we will play well.”
Branham came on in relief for the Wildcats in the third and retired all six batters she faced.
“We have been a lot closer than our record indicated. We’ve been hitting the ball all season; it just seems like it’s right at someone,” Ottoville coach Joe Modica explained. “At Pandora-Gilboa the other night, we were hitting liners right at them; tonight, they dropped in. We were having fun; it’s a lot easier to pitch like Kenzie tonight when you get a big lead.”
Jefferson takes on Parkway in the second game round of the Division IV sectionals at Lincolnview today (1 p.m.). Ottoville, which will take on that winner 5 p.m. Wednesday, hosts Spencerville in regular-season play 5 p.m. Monday.
Fallon Van Dyke cf 2-0-0-0, Hannah Sensibaugh p/3b 2-0-0-0, Samantha Branham c 2-0-0-0, Jasmine McDougall 1b 2-0-0-0, Taylor Branham dp/p 2-0-1-0, Caitlin Landwehr rf 0-0-0-0, Kamie Pulford ss/3b 2-0-0-0, Sarah Thitoff ss 2-0-0-0, Kimber Kill lf 1-0-0-0, Alexis Cook 2b 1-0-0-0. Totals 16-0-1-0.
Paige Lucas 2b 3-3-2-1, Emma Eickholt 2b 0-0-0-0, Megan Risner lf 2-2-1-0, Alexa Marlow lf 1-0-0-0, Elena Horstman cf 2-3-0-1, Ali Eickholt cf 0-0-0-0, Kenzie Martin p 4-0-2-4, Ali Eickholt cr 0-1-0-0, Nikki Burgei 1b 2-1-0-0, Jenny Burgei 1b 0-0-0-0, Courtney Von Sossan c 1-1-0-0, Morgan Beining ss 3-1-1-1, Robyn Turnwald rf 1-2-0-0, Beth Burgei rf 0-0-0-0, Stephanie Horstman 3b 3-1-1-1. Totals 22-15-7-8.
Score by Innings:
Jefferson 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
Ottoville (10) 5 0 0 x - 15
E: Thitoff 2, Van Dyke, S. Branham; LOB: Jefferson 1, Ottoville 4; 2B: Martin; SB: Lucas, Risner, N. Burgei, Beining, Turnwald, S. Horstman.
IP H R ER BB SO
Sensibaugh (L, 0-3) 2.0 7 15 11 8 1
T. Branham 2.0 0 0 0 0 2
Martin (W, 2-7) 5.0 1 0 0 0 8
WP: Sensibaugh 5; HBP: Von Sossan (by Sensibaugh).
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