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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
COLUMBUS GROVE (9)
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
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.