Jackets rout Wildcats, 11-1, advance to district final


CLYDE — Perrysburg softball pieced together a 13-hit attack, including three triples and two doubles, to rout Sylvania Northview, 11-1 in a five-inning mercy-ruled Division I district semifinal at Joe Wilson Field in Clyde Tuesday.

In the district final, Perrysburg advances to play Springfield Friday at Wilson Field, first pitch slated for 5 p.m. with the winner advancing to the regional tournament.

It was the second day in a row Perrysburg recorded a double-digit mercy-win over Northview.

“This was the third time we played Northview this season — we actually played them yesterday for our league game (15-4 Perrysburg win), and we knew when we came in here that we had to just stay disciplined at the plate so we can make good contact,” Perrysburg coach Ryan DeMars said.

“If we let the ball travel, like we did, then we are going to get good contact, and if we don’t, then we are going to be out in front, so I thought the girls did a good job of staying back and letting the ball get deep and getting good contact and driving in runners.”

The Yellow Jackets scored three runs in the first inning, four in the second, one in the fourth, and walked off the mercy win with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Perrysburg junior Hayley Griggs led the hit parade, going 3-for-4 with a triple and RBI, senior Ella Leonard was 2-for-3 with a triple, and sophomore Yesenia You was 2-for-4 with a triple, stolen base, and RBI.

Senior Maison Gerrard was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, sophomore Aly Seuberling was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI, and senior Jessica Miller and sophomore Ky Thomas had base hits.

Junior Alyssa Bradford had a sacrifice fly, junior Gracie Perry had a stolen base and scored twice, and also scoring twice for the Jackets were Griggs, You, Leonard, and Seuberling.

Gerrard got the win in the circle, striking out one, walking none, and spreading out eight hits over five innings. She threw 66 pitches, including 49 for strikes, to 23 batters.

For Northview, freshman Brooklyn Reinbolt was 2-for-3 with the Wildcats’ only RBI, and getting hits for the Wildcats were sophomore Kaitlyn Eckel, junior Cailyn Hoel, freshman Kyra Ervin, sophomore Sophia Delsignore, sophomore Kallie Eckel, and sophomore Emily Bueschen. Ervin also reached after getting hit by a pitch.

Junior Kennedy Omey started in the circle, striking out two, walking none, allowing seven hits and seven runs over 1.2 innings, but only three were earned.

Hoel pitched the final 2.2 innings, striking out two, walking two, allowing six hits and four runs.

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