(updated 4 p.m.) AW blanks BGHS softball, 2-0 (5-25-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 25 May 2013 15:41
TIFFIN — Bowling Green’s softball team had the pitching and defense working Saturday, but the timely hits never came.
The Bobcats (6-21) lost 2-0 to Northern Lakes League rival Anthony Wayne in the Division I district final at Tiffin University’s Paradiso Athletic Complex.
BG’s Hanna Williford turned in a solid performance. She scattered six hits, struck out four and walked none. Her counterpart, freshman pitcher Kaitlyn Ray had 11 strikeouts, walked two and gave up only four hits.
“We knew coming in we had an opportunity to win, if we played our best game,” BG coach Jim Cress said. “We just needed to get a couple of timely hits and we weren’t able to do that.”
BG’s best opportunities for scoring came in the fourth and sixth innings.
In the fourth, Kelsey Parker smacked a triple down the right field line. Kristi Eikenbery was walked two batters later and stole second.
But with two runners in scoring position, BG was unable to convert.
In the sixth, BG had the top of its order up. Anna Szabo drew a leadoff walk. Two batters later, Parker got her second hit of the game, but Szabo was thrown out sliding into third. Parker took second on the play, but BG was again unable to score.
AW’s Ray was able to work herself out of several jams. She kept Bobcat hitters off-balance using a variety of pitches.
“She is a great pitcher,” Cress said. “She mixed her pitches well and she was up and she was down in the zone.”
Anthony Wayne scored its first run in the top of the fourth inning on back-to-back doubles by Haley Olvera and Cassie Kaptur.
The Generals second run came in the seventh inning on a throwing error.
“We had split with them during the season and we have total respect for them,” Anthony Wayne coach Carolyn Vogtsberger said. “We knew they had picked it up in the last third of the season. We did not overlook them.”
Cress credited Williford with keeping BG in the game.
“Her pitching is what has brought us this far and that is not to take away from what we have done defensively and offensively,” he said.
Williford doesn’t have an arsenal of pitches, but she throws hard and can pinpoint location. She also was able to throw out the runner at first after being hit with a line drive in the torso in the top of the seventh inning.
“She has come along really strong at the end of the season,” Cress said.
While disappointed with the loss, Cress said his squad, who won only four regular season games, has nothing to hang their heads about.
“The girls came in positive, enthusiastic and confident,” Cress said.
Parker led the way at the plate for BG with a single and a triple. Szabo and Reagan Morman had BG’s only other hits.
Anthony Wayne will play Oregon Clay Wednesday in the regional semifinal game at Clyde High School.

ANTHONY WAYNE   000     100     1—2     6       0
BGHS                    000     000     0—0     4       1

HITS — (AW) Olvera 2, Kistner 2, Rhodes, Kaptur; (BG) Parker 2, Szabo, Morman. 2B — (AW) Olvera, Kaptur. 3B — (BG) Parker.  RUNS — (AW) Olvera, Kistner. RBI — (AW) Kaptur. SB — (BG) Eikenbery; (AW) Olvera. SAC — (AW) Rupp. LOB — Bowling Green 5, Anthony Wayne 5.
IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Ray (WP)    7    4    0    0    2    11
IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO     
Williford (LP)    7    6    2    1    0    4
Last Updated on Saturday, 25 May 2013 16:00

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