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Eastwood beats Elmwood to win NBC softball title (5-29-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Sports Staff   
Thursday, 29 May 2014 20:30
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Eastwood's Mackenzie Albright (11) is congratulated by teammate Cassidy Rolf (9) after scoring a run during a league championship game against Elmwood. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
LUCKEY — Eastwood’s softball team won the Northern Buckeye Conference championship Thursday with a 6-3 win over fifth-ranked Elmwood.
Sam Shirling allowed just three hits over the first 5 2/3 innings, and the Eagles put the game away during the first five innings with a 6-0 lead.
Cassidy Rolf and Marissa Tudor each had two hits for Eastwood, including a home run by Rolf to open the scoring in the bottom of the first.
The Eagles finished the season 27-2 overall and 13-1 in the NBC. Elmwood is 24-4 overall and was 12-2 in the NBC.  PHOTO GALLERY
The  arch-rivals entered the game with 12-1 records in the NBC, setting up a winner-take-all meeting for first place.
Every other team in the NBC had at least four losses.
Eastwood avenged a 9-4 loss at Elmwood May 1.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 08:46
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Elmwood softball regional final moved to 2 p.m., game at Fostoria or Bellefontaine (5-29-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Sports Staff   
Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:12
COLUMBUS — The starting time for Elmwood’s regional championship game on Saturday in the Division III state softball tournament has been moved to 2 p.m.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the change Thursday afternoon.
The Royals will face Bloom-Carroll or Ottawa-Glandorf for the regional title and a spot in the state semifinals.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:30
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Updated 9:45 p.m., Elmwood softball edges New London, advances to regional final (5-28-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 20:13
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Elmwood's Rebecca Harvey tags out New London's Rylee Haswell at second base Wednesday evening during their game at Fostoria High School. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
FOSTORIA — Elmwood’s Lindsay George made her 15-pitch at-bat count in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday night as she helped the Royals advance to Saturday’s Division III regional final.  PHOTO GALLERY
The sophomore third baseman fended off fastballs on the outside corner, riseballs and changeups, but found a way to put the ball in play.
Her fielder’s choice to third base scored teammate Rebecca Harvey to give Elmwood (24-3) a 2-1 victory over New London (21-5).
“I knew I had to get it in play so the run could score,” said George, who admitted nerves were a factor. “Miranda pitched a great game ... and I just needed to get that run in so we could win.”
The Royals play Saturday at noon, at a location to be determined, against the winner of Friday’s Bloom-Carroll/Ottawa-Glandorf matchup for the regional championship and a spot in the state semifinals.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:37
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Ackerman's homer gives Lake baseball NBC title (5-28-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by NICK HUENEFELD, Sentinel Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 21:52
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Lake's Brad Ackerman reacts after his game finishing three-run homer. Lake overtook Eastwood 12-10 in the bottom of the 8th inning. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
MILLBURY ­— Brad Ackerman gave Lake’s baseball team the outright Northern Buckeye Conference championship in stunning fashion Wednesday.
He delivered a three-run, walk-off home run with none out in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Lake a 12-10 win over Eastwood.  PHOTO GALLERY
The Flyers improved to 27-3 overall and finished 13-1 in the NBC. Had Lake lost, it would have shared the championship with Genoa. Eastwood finished  7-18, 6-8.
“It felt great,” Ackerman said. “I’ve been struggling this entire year hitting-wise. Finally, I came through.”
Each team battled back throughout the game, which featured zero 1-2-3 innings, eight pitchers, 26 hits, 10 errors and 18 men left on base.
In the end, Lake had the final answer.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:31
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Prep Roundup: Elmwood softball beats Otsego, plays Eastwood for NBC title (05-28-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Sports Staff   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 08:00
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Elmwood's Kristi Reiser (41) slides safely home as Otsego catcher Emma Perry (middle) reaches for the ball. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Elmwood's softball team earned a chance to play for the outright Northern Buckeye Conference championship Monday.
The Royals posted a 15-5 five-inning win at Otsego to move into tie for the NBC lead with Eastwood with one game remaining.  PHOTO GALLERY
Elmwood and Eastwood both are 12-1 and they finish the conference season with a head-to-head meeting Thursday at Eastwood.
The Royals are 23-3 overall, including a 9-4 win against Eastwood at home May 1 in their first meeting.
Against Otsego, Elmwood's leading hitters were: Miranda Benschoter, 2-for-3, two RBI; Olivia Myers, 2-for-4, two runs, two RBI;  Rebecca Harvey, 2-for-2, triple, two runs, three RBI; Lindsay George, 2-for-4, double, two RBI; Kristi Reiser, 3-for-4, triple, three runs; and Chelsie Schmitz, 1-for-4, double, RBI.
Benschoter pitched a five-hitter, striking out four and walking two.
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