Perrysburg’s title hopes dashed in the seventh


PERRYSBURG — As of Tuesday, Perrysburg still had a shot at sharing the Northern Lakes League Buckeye Division softball championship.

All they had to do was defeat Anthony Wayne Tuesday and hope that Toledo Whitmer can somehow find a way to defeat the Generals. As far as Whitmer taking down AW, that is mute now.

On Perrysburg’s field Tuesday, the Yellow Jackets and Generals were tied at 5-5 entering the top of the seventh, sod all seemed to be going as hoped if the Jackets can close out.

AW struck for 10 runs in the top of the seventh to pull away to a 15-5 victory.

“That was really tough,” Perrysburg coach Ryan DeMars said. “Anthony Wayne is a really great team obviously, and they are ranked No. 3 in the state for a reason.

“I just thought we battled throughout the game and then we got into the seventh inning and then we just sort of had little things, one after another.

“Obviously, they came up with some big hits as well so you tack on all of those things together — some walks, some hits, some errors, everything else that happened and that ended up with them getting a bunch of runs.”

The Generals only outhit the Jackets 13-9, but five Perrysburg errors contributed.

A similar scenario happened earlier in the game, but on a smaller scale. AW scored three runs in the top of the fifth to go up 4-1, but Perrysburg responded with four runs to actually take a 5-4 lead heading into the sixth inning.

“I’m super proud of the way we battled,” DeMars said. “I was telling them earlier we got down 4-1 and then we came right back with those runs. They were into it.

“This team is all about being able to hit and they’ve done a good job all year of being able to respond when they needed to respond.

“In this particular case, we just weren’t able to respond at the end, but I’m super happy with a lot of the things that we saw today and we’re going to work on the things we need to work on and be a better softball team for it.”

For Perrysburg, sophomore Aly Seuberling was 3-for-3 with a double, sophomore Yesenia You was 2-for-4, junior Hayley Griggs doubled, and senior Maison Gerrard, sophomore Morgan Hoverman, and senior Paige Riney had base hits. Riney had two RBIs and Hoverman laid down a sacrifice bunt.

Gerrard started in the circle, striking out four, walking two, allowing 11 hits and 10 runs, but only six were earned. She threw 116 pitches, including 71 strikes to 35 batters through 6.2 innings.

Sophomore Maddie Von Sacken came in for relief, but the Generals tagged her for two hits, five runs, including three earned, and she walked two batters in facing five batters as the seventh inning AW rally continued. Perrysburg junior Bella Click came in to the get the final out.

( — postgame interviews by Sentinel-Tribune photographer Scott W. Grau)

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