|Grote, Lady Knights shut out Lady ’Cats|
|Tuesday, May 06, 2014 8:10 PM|
DELPHOS — Jefferson stayed on even terms against Crestview for four innings Monday afternoon at Wildcat Field, battling to a 0-0 draw.
Unfortunately for the Lady Wildcats, the Lady Knights finally broke me through in the fifth frame and rode to the 3-hit shutout of Courtney Grote to a 9-0 Northwest Conference softball shutout.
Grote (4-1) walked one and fanned five in her 94-pitch (69 for strikes) effort.
The Lady Knights (12-6, 7-0 NWC) compiled 11 safeties, led by a 3-for-4 performance by Terra Crowle (2 runs batted in, 1 run) and 2-for-4 by Lauren Schmid (1 run, 1 RBI) and Tianna Rager (1 run).
Claire Thompson (2-9) threw 109 offerings in her complete game (72 for strikes), walking one and striking out three. Hannah Sensibaugh (double), Shayla Rice and Kaylin Hartsock (triple, BB) had the knocks for the Lady Wildcats (2-13, 0-6).
“I am so proud of the effort we gave today. The girls had intensity and focus for all seven innings,” Jefferson coach Josiah Stober explained. “For us to be 0-0 after four innings against a great program like Crestview is impressive. We had a chance to win even down 2-0 in the fifth but you just know that a team like this is going to be hard to hold down the whole way. Claire did a nice job today and continues to improve every time out; she is around the plate and has really gotten better not giving up walks. Our defense made some nice plays behind her and that’s what we’re seeking. We put the ball in play and that’s a good sign, too.”
First-year Crestview coach Carl Etzler — stepping in for the retired Owen Pugh — talked about the pressure his offense applies.
“They’re pitcher did a nice job early on but when we started seeing more pitches as the game wore on, we timed her better. We really played good small-ball, especially using the bunt to apply pressure on their defense,” Etzler added. “It took us time to get going offensively but we did. Courtney is a senior pitcher and she is our number 3 — Terra is our ace but she is nursing an injury, though she batted well today. She won’t strike out 15 and we don’t ask her to do that; she does what she does and that is to throw strikes and let her defense work for her.”
Crestview challenged right off the bat by getting its first two batters — Schmid and Rager — on board via a bunt single (steal) and a half-swing blooper just over the drawn-in Danielle Harman at first. However, Hicks hit a laser to third sacker Rice, who tagged out Schmid at third for a twin-killing.
Sensibaugh led off the Jefferson first with a double to deep left but a perfect Brady Guest-Rager-Kirstin Hicks relay nailed her at third.
The visitors again got two runners on with two outs in the second: an error on Grote’s grounder and an infield hit (Nicole McClure); but they remained where they were.
Hicks got on with two down in the guest third (error) but stayed put.
Hartsock walked with one down in the Wildcat third but remained there.
Crowle blooped a hit to left with one down in the Crestview fourth and a wild pitch got her to second. However, Thompson again pitched out of the jam.
Rice blooped her hit to right to commence the home fourth.
In the Crestview fifth, they used small-ball to a “T”. Cora Millay singled solidly to right, stole second, reached third on a wild pitch and scored on Schmid’s bunt single down the third-base line. Schmid moved to second on a wild pitch, to third on a Rager comebacker and scored on a Hicks sacrifice fly to leftfielder Jessica Pimpas for a 2-0 edge.
Hartsock tripled to deep right center with two gone in the home fifth but could not score. The final out of that inning commenced a game-ending string of seven straight outs.
The Red, White and Blue made it 5-0 in the sixth on a leadoff walk to Guest, a double to right center by Crowle, a run-scoring knock to left (that hit off the third-base bag on the way) by Grote, a safety-squeeze by McClure — Crowle scoring on the throw to first and courtesy-runner Mallory Bowen hustling all the way to third — and Millay’s groundout plating Bowen.
The guests finished it in the seventh. The lefty-swinging Rager slapped one to short for an infield hit and Hicks doubled down the left-field line. Mackenzie Riggenbach loaded the bases on an error. An error on a pitch plated Rager and moved the others up. Guest walked and Crowle blooped a 2-run hit to right center (Hicks/Riggenbach) for 8-0. An out later, McClure bounced out to get Guest to touch the dish for the last run but Harman’s relay to third nabbed Crowle trying to advance to third.
Jefferson visits Ada Thursday.
Crestview hosts LCC Thursday.
Lauren Schmid 2b 4-1-2-1, Tianna Rager ss 4-1-2-0, Kirstin Hicks 3b 3-1-1-1, Mackenzie Riggenbach c 4-1-0-0, Brady Guest lf 2-2-0-0, Terra Crowle 1b 4-1-3-2, Courtney Grote p 4-0-1-1, Mallory Bowen cr 0-1-0-0, Nicole McClure rf 3-0-1-2, Cora Millay cf 3-1-1-1. Totals 31-9-11-8.
Hannah Sensibaugh ss 3-0-1-0, Shayla Rice 3b 3-0-1-0, Jessica Pimpas lf 3-0-0-0, Danielle Harman 1b 3-0-0-0, Claire Thompson p 3-0-0-0, Maddie Jettinghoff c 3-0-0-0, Samantha Branham 2b 2-0-0-0, Kaylin Hartsock dp 1-0-1-0, Sarah Thitoff cf 0-0-0-0. Totals 23-0-3-0.
Score by Innings:
Crestview 0 0 0 0 2 3 4 - 9
Jefferson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
E: Sensibaugh, Rice, Harman. DP: Jefferson 2. LOB: Crestview 5, Jefferson 3. 2B: Sensibaugh. 3B: Hartsock. SB: Schmid, Rager, Millay. Sac: McClure. SF: Hicks. BB: Guest 2, Hartsock.
IP H R ER BB SO
Grote (W, 4-1) 7.0 3 0 0 1 5
Thompson (L, 2-9) 7.0 11 9 7 1 3
WP: Thompson 4. PB: Jettinghoff.