Lake softball gets first NBC win


By Nicholas Huenefeld

Special to the Sentinel-Tribune

MILLBURY — The Lake softball team produced 12 hits, including a game-best three from Sophia Gruetter, to register a 16-1 victory over Fostoria in five innings at home on Wednesday.

“It felt great,” Gruetter said of her team’s performance. “It felt like we came together as a team because we have struggled in the past finding our groove, and we really showed up tonight.”

The Flyers (6-9, 1-4 NBC), who rescheduled a game at Genoa for Thursday, picked up their first league win behind just one extra base hit — a first inning double from Diem Isbell – as they peppered Fostoria with 11 singles, six walks and four hit batters.

A passed ball in the first gave Fostoria (0-8, 0-5 NBC) a 1-0 lead.

Lake responded with five in the bottom half, with the rally starting on an RBI groundout from Lucy Boos after Isbell’s double and advancement on a wild pitch.

From there, Fostoria’s Makenna Clouse struggled to find her footing in the circle as three consecutive Flyers were hit by the pitch, which spurred a delay of game where additional dirt was added to the circle.

A wild pitch, an error and an RBI single to right field from Alivia King provided the rest of the scoring in the inning.

Kylee Pietrzak’s RBI single with one out continued Lake’s offensive onslaught in the second. Additional RBI singles from King, Addy Boehm, Kali Bedford, Gruetter and Alayna Meadows highlighted the rest of the inning.

“It was definitely important,” Rymers said of seeing his offense succeed after a 1-0 loss to Genoa on Tuesday. “I thought we had some good at bats, some good swings against Genoa, but to have a little success in terms of our swings today was important for us in terms of getting back where we need to be.”

Gruetter rounded out the scoring in the fourth with another RBI single.

Bedford tossed the first four innings for Lake, picking up the win as she has now allowed just two runs over the past 11 innings. On Wednesday, she allowed four hits and a walk while striking out six.

Maddison Ankney pitched.a 1-2-3 fifth for the Flyers.

“I’m just happy we got a game in,” Rymers said. “With the weather around and some of the rain we’ve had, getting an opportunity to play a game was important for us. Now we look forward to going to Genoa tomorrow.”

In addition to Gruetter, who finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a pair knocked in, Meadows and King each tacked on multi-hit efforts. King led the way with three RBI while Meadows scored twice. Isbell scored a game-best three runs.

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