COLUMBUS GROVE — The weather turned wintry — minus snow — again Thursday night for the Jefferson at Columbus Grove Northwest Conference softball outing at the home of the Lady Bulldogs.
Hope Schroeder threw a two-hit shutout versus the Lady Wildcats and the Grove offense garnered 12 hits to grab a 9-0 win.
Schroeder (8-2) threw a complete game 89-pitch outing (55 for strikes), fanning six and walking two.
“What we’re struggling with is doing the little things consistently. We constantly preach to the girls about doing so and we have had moments where they can see how we can compete against good teams when we do so,” Jefferson (1-12, 0-4 NWC) coach Josiah Stober explained. “At times today, we had four freshmen in the lineup and even sophomores that didn’t have a lot of varsity experience coming into this season, so those growing pains are still there. It’s as much the mental part as the physical right now.”
For Grove (8-4, 5-1) head man Travis Gallmeier, it was just another solid outing all the way around.
“We knew before the season that how well we did this year was based on what Hope did in the circle. She put in a lot of extra time in the off-season, coming to our open sessions and such, and has really been solid,” Gallmeier added. “Defensively, outside of a couple of games where we got off the track, we have been solid there. We focus on getting up on teams in the early innings because you never know what will happen when you get the lead lik ethat.”
The Bulldogs put a three-spot on the board in the first against Jefferson starter Claire Thompson (1-7).

Kyrah Yinger bunted her way aboard, took second on a throwing error, stole third and scored on Brooke Hoffman’s dribbler back to the pitcher (late cover). In turn, she stole second and scored on Schroeder’s hard double off the glove of third sacker Shayla Rice. Micah Stechschulte bounced out to advance Schroeder to third, from where she scored on Katie Roose’s single for a 3-0 edge.

The Red and White got a two-out free pass to Thompson in the top of the second but Schroeder got the final out, commencing a string of 12 straight outs.
With one down in the Bulldog third, Schroeder got aboard via an error, took second on Stechschulte’s bunt and came in to score on an error. Roose walked and courtesy runner Sammi Rosengarten stole second. Delgado walked but both runners were anchored.
The hosts made it 7-0 in the fourth. With one gone, Deanna Kleman grounded a knock into right, stole two bases and scored on a throwing error as Yinger walked, allowing the batter to garner second. Hoffman beat out an infield hit to short to put runners on the corners and Yinger scored on a wild pitch for 6-0 lead — with Hoffman scooting to third. She touched the dish on Schroeder’s bloop to right center. Back-to-back knocks by Stechschulte (left) and Roose (center) loaded the bases before Delgado forced Schroeder at home and Brianna Glass was retired.
The visitors finally broke their string in the sixth with a two-out ground single through the box and into center by Hannah Sensibaugh for their first hit of the game. She advanced on a wild pitch but went no farther.
Grove scored their final two runs in the sixth as Hoffman bunted to open the frame, took second on a bounce out from Schroeder and scored on a throwing error on Stechschulte’s grounder; she took second on the throw home and touched the dish on Roose’s infield hit up the gut that glanced off Parkins’ glove.
Rice walked to lead off the Jefferson seventh and Kaylin Hartsock blooped a single to right. However, Danielle Harman’s attempted bunt was caught in foul territory on a diving catch by catcher Roose and she alertly doubled Hartsock off first. Thompson then bounced to short but Rice was called out for runner interference to end the contest.
Both units return to action tonight: Jefferson at home versus Ottoville (postponed from Tuesday) and Grove entertaining Pandora-Gilboa in PCL action.
Hannah Sensibaugh ss 3-0-1-0, Samantha Branham c 3-0-0-0, Shayla Rice 3b 2-0-0-0, Jessica Pimpas lf 2-0-0-0, Kaylin Hartsock lf 1-0-1-0, Danielle Harman 1b 3-0-0-0, Claire Thompson p 2-0-0-0, Maddie Jettinghoff dp/c 2-0-0-0, Kimber Kill flex/rf 0-0-0-0, Abby Parkins 2b 2-0-0-0, Sarah Thitoff cf 2-0-0-0. Totals 22-0-2-0.
Kylah Yinger ss 3-2-1-0, Brooke Hoffman rf 4-3-3-2, Hope Schroeder p 4-2-2-2, Micah Stechschulte lf 3-1-1-0, Katie Roose c 3-0-3-2, Sammi Rosengarten cr 0-0-0-0, McKenzie Bame pr 0-0-0-0, Monica Delgado dp 2-0-0-0, Mackenzie Wurth flex/3b 0-0-0-0, Brianna Glass 2b 4-0-0-0, Kara Birkemeier 1b 3-0-1-0, Deanna Kleman cf 2-1-1-0. Totals 28-9-12-6.
Score by Innings:
Jefferson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
Col. Grove 3 0 1 3 0 2 x - 9
E: Branham, Rice, Thompson; DP: Jefferson 2, Columbus Grove 1; LOB: Jefferson 3, Columbus Grove 7; 2B: Schroeder; SB: Kleman 2, Yinger, Hoffman, Rosengarten; Sac: Stechschulte, Delgado.
                                IP H R ER BB SO
Thompson (L, 1-7) 6.0 12 9 7 3 3
Schroeder (W, 8-2) 7.0 2 0 0 2 6
WP: Thompson 2, Schroeder.