(Updated 9:15 p.m.) BGHS softball edges Perrysburg, 2-1, to win sectional title (5-16-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Thursday, 16 May 2013 19:24
Bowling Green’s Kelsey Parker is safe at home with the eventual game-winning run Thursday in the Division I sectional final against Perrysburg. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green and Perrysburg were both looking for that small window of opportunity to score a run Thursday afternoon in a Division I sectional softball championship game at BGHS.
After five scoreless innings, each team scored in the sixth inning.
The Bobcats then scored the eventual game-winning run on a wild pitch in the top of the seventh inning to slip past the Yellow Jackets, 2-1.
The next tournament action for the Bobcats, now 5-17, is Tuesday at 5 p.m. against Fremont Ross at the Tiffin University sports complex.
‘‘We just had a good feeling about tonight,’’ said BG’s Hanna Williford. ‘‘It feels great to win this game. We have had a hard season.
‘‘We just keep saying when it gets to tournament time, we can really win some games, we believe in ourselves. To just come out and actually do it, it was really exciting.’’
In the seventh, BG’s Lily Murnen singled to start the inning, stole second and then stayed at second when Reagan Morman reached on an error, After a strikeout, Williford singled to right field to load the bases. Murnen then scored on a wild pitch.
‘‘We went crazy in the dugout, we were so happy,’’ said Williford, who had been replaced on the bases by a courtesy runner.
In the bottom of the seventh, Williford got two strikeouts and a pop up in front of the plate to close things out and finish off a solid pitching performance.
‘‘Hanna did a phenomenal job pitching,’’ BG head coach Jim Cress said. ‘‘She doesn’t have a lot of pitches, but she is able to put the ball in different locations.
‘‘She has gotten stronger as the season has progressed and a lot more confident.’’
Williford had a no-hitter for 5 2/3 innings before Perrysburg bunched together its only three hits of the game. In the first five innings, Williford allowed only two base runners to reach, one on a walk and the other on an error, She needed only 51 pitches to get through the first five innings.
BG had hits in three of the first five innings, but could not score.
In the sixth, BG’s Anna Szabo reached on an infield single, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a ground ball to the pitcher.
Kelsey Parker got a suicide squeeze bunt down in front of the plate, but Szabo was called out attempting to score, with Parker reaching first base.
Kristi Eikenbery responded with an RBI triple to center to score Parker.
Perrysburg shortstop Katie Dunphy made a nice play on a bid for a hit up the middle to end the inning.
Williford retired the first two batters in the sixth inning before Raegan Vickers lined a double into center field.
Vickers then scored on Tylah Remaley’s base hit to center field. Kayleen Jurski followed with a single to center, but Williford got out of trouble when Murnen tracked down a long fly ball in center field.
‘‘I do get really nervous,’’ Williford said. ‘‘It’s nerve-wracking when the score stays the same, especially when it gets closer to the end of the game. In the seventh inning, I was very nervous.
‘‘That’s good, nerves help me focus more.’’
Williford struck out seven and walked one.
‘‘Williford did a tremendous job. She pitched great and her defense played very well,’’ Perrysburg head coach Ryan DeMars. ‘‘They scored the runs they needed to and we didn’t do what we needed to do.’’
Cress said the team worked on its defense and moved some players to different positions for the tournament game and it paid off. Each team had only one error in the game.
‘‘The bottom line was the defense was real solid tonight,’’ Cress said. ‘‘It was a great win for the girls. It’s a confidence builder for them.’’
Jurski went the distance for Perrysburg, 9-15, allowing seven hits while striking out seven and not walking a batter.
‘‘Our girls battled. It was a tough game. They made a lot of big plays. We played hard,’’ DeMars said. ‘‘After BG scored that first run, we came back and tied it up. It was clutch out of Tylah getting that run in and with Raegen starting it off with a double to give us an opportunity.
‘‘The bottom line is, that we just don’t make the adjustments (mostly at bat) we need to make,’’ he continued. ‘‘That’s been the story of the year ... and it hurt us here.’’

BGHS    000    001    1—2    7    1
PERRYSBURG     000    001    0—1    3    1
HITS — (BG) Szabo, Parker, Eikenbery, Sidle, Murnen, Morman, Williford; (P) Vickers, Remaley, Jurski. 2B — (BG) Sidle; (P) Vickers. 3B — (BG) Eikenbery. RUNS — (BG) Parker, Murnen; (P) Vickers. RBI — (BG) Eikenberg; (P) Reamley. SB — (BG) Murnen, Morman. SAC — (P) Remaley, Gerding. LOB — BGHS 6. Perrysburg 4.

IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Williford (WP)    7    3    1    1    1    7
Jurski (LP)    7    7    2    2    0    7
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 12:51

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