|(updated 9:05 p.m.) Elmwood softball blanks Gibsonburg 7-0 in district semifinal (5-21-13)|
|Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Tuesday, 21 May 2013 18:10|
One day after winning the Northern Buckeye Conference championship, the Royals were back on the diamond Tuesday in a Division III district semifinal softball game against Gibsonburg at Bowling Green High School. PHOTO GALLERY
Behind the strong pitching of sophomore Miranda Benschoter, Elmwood posted a 7-0 shutout to advance to the district championship game Saturday at noon at BGHS. The Royals face the winner of Wednesday’s Eastwood-Evergreen game.
‘‘We were ready to play. We knew they would be coming at us because we beat them earlier this season,’’ Elmwood senior Brittany George said.
George said that head coach Matt Hoiles did not say anything about a possible letdown and that the seniors and captains made sure everything was upbeat before the game.
Benschoter allowed only two hits and one walk while striking out 11 in recording the shutout.
‘‘Miranda is growing up in front of us,’’ Hoiles said. ‘‘As a sophomore, she is getting pretty dominating. She was hitting her spots, inside-outside.
‘‘We didn’t throw a lot of change-ups today because she was hitting her spots on the inside so well,’’ he continued. ‘‘When she hits her spots, it brings me back to several pitchers we have had before that tease hitters inside-outside, up-and-down.’’
Eight of Benschoter’s strikeouts were swinging and the Golden Bears did not have more than one runner on base in any inning.
‘‘My rise ball was really working; it was moving a lot,’’ Benschoter said. ‘‘(The home plate umpire) was really calling my outside pitch.’’
Benschoter walked the first batter she faced, but quickly shook off any nervousness.
‘‘When I came back and struck the next girl out, I was ready,’’ Benschoter said. Seven of her 11 strikeouts came in the first three innings.
Seven different players had hits for Elmwood with George going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Benschoter and senior Ragan Yarnell each added one RBI.
The Royals had only one extra-base hit, but manufactured runs with their aggressive base running and putting the ball in play against Gibsonburg’s Danielle Fisher. Of Elmwood’s eight hits, five came in the last two innings.
‘‘We saw her last year and we kind of struggled against her early and we had to make adjustments. We had to do the same thing this year,’’ Hoiles said. ‘‘The hitting team that I have, I knew they would made adjustments.’’
Elmwood’s first run came in the fourth inning when Madison Arnold scored on an illegal pitch.
The Royals made it 2-0 in the fifth inning on George’s two-out RBI double to score courtesy runner Jenilee Meyers.
The Royals scored five runs in the sixth inning.
‘‘It really helps Miranda out on the mound; insurance runs are always key,’’ George said. ‘‘That gives her the confidence that we can put up runs ... She was pitching great today; she was hitting every spot that she needed.’’
Arnold reached on an error to start the inning. Arnold moved to second on Rebecca Harvey’s hit, then to third on a passed ball. She scored on a throwing error on the passed ball as the Gibsonburg catcher attempted to throw her out at third.
Harvey would score on Benschoter’s fielder’s choice grounder to make it 4-0.
Chelsie Schmitz walked with two out, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball. Schmitz scored on Yarnell’s single to make it 5-0.
Then, George singled and Olivia Myers walked to load the bases. Katie Bottesch’s fly ball to left hit off the fielder’s glove with Yarnell and George scoring on the play to push Elmwood’s lead to 7-0. Myers was thrown out at home to end the inning.
‘‘We’re going to take advantage of little miscues, even little bobbles; we’re going to take off and go,’’ Hoiles said. ‘‘That put them on their heels when we did that a couple of times to get runners in scoring position. A defense that knows we can hit is going to get a little tight. We prey on that a little bit.’’
Elmwood is 22-5, while Gibsonburg is 20-7.
ELMWOOD 7, GIBSONBURG 9
GIBSONBURG 000 000 0—0 2 3
ELMWOOD 000 115 X—7 8 1
HITS — (G) Perales, Alvarado; (E) B. George 2, Myers, Bottesch, Harvey, Tori Hillard, Benschoter, Yarnell. 2B — (G) Alvarado; (E) B. George. RUNS — (E) Arnold 2, B. George, Harvey, Schmitz, Yarnell, Meyers. RBI — (E) B. George, Benschoter, Yarnell. SB — (E) Harvey, Arnold. SAC — (E) Schmitz. HBP — (E) Arnold (by Fisher). Double play — Gibsonburg 1. LOB — Gibsonburg 4. Elmwood 5.
IP H R ER BB SO
Fisher (LP) 6 8 7 2 4 0
Benschoter (WP) 7 2 0 0 1 11
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