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Sunday, May 12, 2013 11:40 PM


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BATH TOWNSHIP — Van Wert put up a 10-spot in the top of the first inning versus Elida Saturday morning/afternoon and made it stand up for a 20-9 Division II 5-inning fast-pitch softball tourney victory over Elida at Bath High School.

The Lady Cougars (10-9) took advantage of seven Lady Bulldog (10-11) miscues in the field and other plays that needed to be made but weren’t that opened the door for 17 unearned runs.


“We had a lot of errors and you don’t beat a junior high team by making so many. However, this has been the story of our season,” Elida coach Mike Eilerman said. “We’ve had good moments and then we turn around and have moments like this. It snowballs, too. I felt we had two good days of practices but since we beat Van Wert earlier, we might not have come out with the intensity we should have; Van Wert did. We’d given up only one home run before today and Bigham hits two. Credit Van Wert for putting the ball in play.”


Senior Brittany Bigham had the big bat out of the third spot in the Cougar lineup, hitting 3-for-4 with a pair of round-trippers in that 10-run first inning (knocking in five runs) and a 2-run double, adding a bases-loaded free pass to account for eight runs batted in. Sophomore Emily Bair went 3-for-4 (3 runs) in the seventh spot, junior leadoff hitter Hannah Hulbert went 3-for-5 (3 runs, 3 RBIs, 2 stolen bases) and Melissa Roop was 2-for-4 (2 runs). Courtesy-runner Amanda Coplin scored three times.

Van Wert head man Mike McClure credited Bigham for setting the tone.

“We needed that kind of explosion today. She did a nice job of getting us going,” McClure explained. “Defensively, we were very shaky but that has been our pattern all year; we have a young infield. Our pitching was also a bit shaky today because we weren’t hitting our spots. Thankfully, we kept adding to our lead because of our offense.” Jessica Klausing, who started (2/3 of an inning) and came back in (4 IPs), and Brooke Brown (1/3 IP) gave up a combined 10 hits and nine runs (4 earned) for the Cougars, walking three and fanning two.

Elida also used two pitchers: senior starter (and reliever) Aryanna Brown and freshman Michaela Black, combining to yield 14 hits and three bases-on-balls, fanning five. Junior Caitlyn Shroyer (2 runs) and sophomore Sabrina Kline (2 RBIs) went 2-for-4 for the offense. Brown, Black and sophomore Jenna Halpern each scored twice.

The Cougars sent 13 batters to the plate in the first at-bat, chasing Aryanna Brown for Black. They took advantage of two big errors, two free passes and six hits, including 2-run and 3-run blasts by Bigham and run-producing hits by Bair, Hulbert and Melissa Roop. When the final out was recorded, Van wert led 10-0.

The ’Dawgs cut the deficit in half in the home half with two errors on the first two batters opening the door. Four hits, including a 2-run single by Kline (Black and Jenna Halpern) and a bases-clearing double to deep left center by Ericka Smith (scoring A. Brown, Shroyer and Kylee Makin) made it 10-5.

The Cougars added three more runs in the second, with another error proving prominent, two walks (one bases-loaded to Bigham) and two hits, one a run-producing knock by Hulbert. At the end, it was 13-5, Cougars.

Elida got within 13-7 in the home half on a double by Black, a run-producing hit by Halpern and a pair of fielder’s-choice groundouts (plating courtesy-runner Cheyanne Elsea).

Four more come home in the Van Wert third on two miscues (scoring Klausing, Bair and Hulbert) and four hits, with Hulbert’s single plating Coplin. in making it 17-7.

Elida got within 17-9 in the home fourth on two singles (A. Brown and Shroyer), a ground-out RBI by Makin and a run-producing bloop to right by Kiel. The Cougars tacked on their final three runs in the fifth on an error, a passed ball and two hits, including a 2-run double to center by Bigham.

Elida needed to score at least two runs in the home half to extend the game and got two runners on with one down but couldn’t tally again. Van Wert advances to battle Bath 5 p.m. Tuesday in tourney play.

Elida visits Kalida 5 p.m. Monday in regular play.



Hannah Hulbert cf 5-3-3-3, Melissa Roop rf 4-2-2-1, Brittany Bigham 1b 4-2-3-8, Maggie Almandinger lf 5-1-1-0, Claire White dp 4-2-2-1, Tiffany Ricketts ss 0-0-0-0, Jessica Klausing p 2-0-0-0, Brooke Brown p 2-0-1-0, Lisa Roop cr 0-2-0-0, Emily Bair 3b 4-3-3-1, Sydney Dull 2b 2-2-0-0, Lisa Roop 2b 0-0-0-0, Saige Royer c 4-0-0-0, Amanda Coplin cr 0-3-0-0. Totals 36-20-14-15.



Michaela Black 2b/p/ss 4-2-1-0, Jenna Halpern c 2-0-1-1, Cheyanne Elsea cr 0-2-0-0, Skylar Hurst ph/2b 2-0-0-0, Sabrina Kline ss/c 4-0-2-2, Aryanna Brown p/1b 2-2-1-0, Caitlin Shroyer 3b 4-2-2-1, Kylee Makin lf/cf 3-1-1-1, Erika Kiel cf/2b 3-0-1-1, Ericka Smith 1b/lf 3-0-1-3, Taylor Thompson dp 2-0-0-0. Totals 29-9-10-9.

Score by Innings:

Van Wert (10) 3 4 0 3 - 20

Elida 5 2 0 2 0 - 9

E: Bair 2, Black 2, Dull, L. Roop, Kline, A. Brown, Shroyer, Makin, Smith; LOB: Van Wert 5, Elida 8; 2B: Bigham, Almandinger, Black, Smith; HR: Bigham 2; SB: Hulbert 2, Coplin.



Klausing 0.2 4 5 0 1 0

B. Brown 0.1 2 2 2 1 0

Klausing (W) 4.0 4 2 2 1 2


A. Brown (L) 0.1 3 6 2 0 0

Black 2.2 9 11 1 3 5

A. Brown 2.0 2 3 0 0 1

WP: Black 2, A, Brown; PB: Royer, Halpern, Kline.

Last Updated on Sunday, May 12, 2013 11:42 PM

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