|Panthers knock out Lady Green in tournament|
|Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:26 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
RURAL MIDDLE POINT — Ottoville stayed within reasonable striking distance of Parkway’s fast-pitch softball unit.
That is, until the seventh inning when the Lady Panthers put it away with six runs to pace a 12-1 Division IV sectional final triumph on a windy Wednesday at Lincolnview Field.
The Lady Panthers (17-5) advance to take on Patrick Henry 5 p.m. Tuesday at Elida.
“We stayed with them for six innings; it was only 5-1 entering the sixth. We told Kenzie (Martin) to just keep them there because anything can happen,” Ottoville coach Joe Modica explained. “They just caught up to her in the seventh inning and started to hit ropes all over the place; I visited the mound and told her she had to adjust and she did, getting the last three outs. We played good defense behind her; we made them earn their runs and I can live with that. At the plate, we put the ball in play pretty well; they had to make plays.”
Parkway mentor Mark Esselstein was somewhat pleased with his group.
“We started out hitting the ball well, especially the first inning, then we went into a lull offensively. We kept adding to the lead with a run here or there but got on our front foot too much and popped it up,” he added. “We caught up to their pitcher in the seventh inning. Kylie is our number two pitcher but she’s a good pitcher of her own; she only really had one mistake. I give a lot of credit to Ottoville because they played good defense against us.”
With the wind blowing out of the west toward the right-field line, the Panthers got three runs in the top of the first against Ottoville starter Martin (2-9) on four hits, including a run-scoring triple by Rachel King (scoring Kayla Walls — 2-for-3, 2 steals) and a one-out two-run inside the park home run to right by Sierra Fent; the ball hit in front of Robyn Turnwald and then took a wicked hop toward the corner, allowing the batter to circle the bases.
The Lady Green answered with one in the home half against Panther right-hander Kylie Snyder (6-2) on a one-out single to left by Megan Risner, a two-out error on a pickoff play and a double to left by Martin. After Snyder got the final out, that began a run of 16 straight outs (9 by strikeout).
The Panthers made it 4-1 in the third on three hits, an error and a fielder’s-choice groundout by Lindsey Walls (plating Snyder).
Parkway added a tally to its edge in the fourth courtesy of a leadoff triple by number nine hitter Olivia Smith and a 1-out sacrifice fly by King.
In the Panther sixth, they made it 6-1 on a 1-out free pass (Kayla Walls), a steal and a 2-out misplayed fly ball off the bat of Snyder.
In the Parkway seventh, the Panthers sent 11 to the dish, including several pinch-hitters, in putting together six hits and two free passes. The big hit was a 2-run single by Snyder (3-for-5), an RBI double by Tara Walls (3-for-4) and run-scoring singles by Zoey Pond and Smith (2-for-4). As well, Kayle Heckler knocked in the last tally with a ground ball.
Ottoville got a leadoff single to left by Alena Horstman and she advanced on a wild pitch. Martin fouled out down the right-field line and Horstman went to third but was ruled to have left early and was doubled up.
Ottoville hosts Wayne Trace Friday, visits Continental Saturday and closes the regular season in a makeup game versus Kalida, hopefully Tuesday.
Parkway picked up Fairview at home Friday before continuing its tourney trail.
Kayla Walls cf 3-2-2-0, Abby Stephenson ph 1-0-0-0, Rachel King lf 3-1-1-2, Kayla Stephenson ph 0-1-0-0, Kylie Snyder p 5-0-3-2, Kayle Heckler cr 0-1-0-0, Sierra Fent 1b 3-1-1-2, Madison Roehm ph 0-0-0-0, Lindsey Walls 2b 4-1-1-1, Kayle Heckler ph 1-0-0-1, Tara Walls 3b 4-0-3-1, Halle Beougher pr/ph 1-1-0-0, Selena Burtch 3b 0-0-0-0, Ashlynn Henderson ss 4-1-2-0, Zoey Pond c 4-0-1-1, Whitney Rollins cr 0-1-0-0, Olivia Smith rf 4-2-2-1. Totals 37-12-16-11.
Paige Lucas 2b 3-0-0-0, Megan Risner cf 3-1-1-0, Alena Horstman lf 3-0-1-0, Kenzie Martin p 3-0-1-1, Alexa Marlow cr 0-0-0-0, Nikki Burgei 1b 3-0-0-0, Courtney Von Sossan c 2-0-0-0, Morgan Beining ss 2-0-0-0, Robyn Turnwald rf 2-0-0-0, Alexa Marlow rf 0-0-0-0, Stephanie Horstman 3b 2-0-0-0. Totals 23-1-3-1.
Score by Innings:
Parkway 3 0 1 1 0 1 6 - 12
Ottoville 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1
E: Fent, Von Sossan, Turnwald; DP: Parkway 1; LOB: Parkway 9, Ottoville 1; 2B: King, T. Walls, Martin; 3B: K. Walls, T. Walls, Smith; HR: Fent; SB: K. Walls, Snyder 2, Beougher, Rollins, Smith; SF: King.
IP H R ER BB SO
Snyder (W, 6-2) 7.0 3 1 1 0 11
Martin (L, 2-9) 7.0 16 12 11 4 4
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