Back on April 12 the Van Wert softball team edged Celina 11-10. In Tuesday’s Division II sectional semifinal, the two teams met again, and this one was totally different. While the 7th-seeded Lady Dogs pounded the ball again, the 6th-seeded Lady Cougars didn’t, and Celina advanced with a 13-2 five-inning run-rule win.
Celina (6-11) will play 2nd-seeded St. Mary’s at St. Mary’s Friday at 5:00. Van Wert is now 5-12. The Cougars are 5-3 in the WBL, the Dogs 3-5.
Although Van Wert struggled in every aspect of the game, it was the pitching of Celina’s Paige Kuehne that stood out. Kuehne held the Cougs to two runs (one earned) on three hits, striking out six, walking only one, throwing 66 pitches, including 41 strikes (62 percent).
Ten Bulldogs had at least a hit or a run. The Cougars helped the Celina cause with six errors, five walks, and four hit batters. Only one Bulldog batter struck out in the entire game.
Van Wert’s three hits came from starting pitcher Emilee Phillips (1 for 2, a double, one run), second baseman Alexa Gearhart (1 for 2, one run), and catcher Brenna Bollenbacher (1 for 2). Third baseman Lauren McHugh had an RBI via a safety squeeze bunt.
Box score (r-h-e)
Celina 306 22 - 13 8 1
Van Wert 010 10 - 2 3 6
Celina 13 (ab-r-h-rbi)
Karissa Frederick cf 2-1-1-2, Sara Giesige lf 2-2-1-0, Payton Bertke rf 3-1-1-2, Sydnee Davis dp 3-1-1-2, Haley Shaffer 1b 3-0-1-0, Carly Hathaway 3b 3-3-2-1, Sam Jacobs ss 2-2-0-0, Lucy Piper c 4-1-1-2, Jacci Felver cr 0-0-0-0, Paige Kuehne p 2-1-0-0, Harley Harris cr 0-1-0-0, Madi Whittaker 2b 0-0-0-0. Totals 24-13-8-9.
Van Wert 2 (ab-r-h-rbi)
Carlee Young ss 2-0-0-0, Sydney Savage cf 3-0-0-0, Emilee Phillips p/lf/p 2-1-1-0, Emma Kennedy 1b 2-0-0-0, Alexa Gearhart 2b 2-1-1-0, Brenna Bollenbacher c 2-0-1-0, Marissa Mottinger cr/p 0-0-0-0, Lauren McHugh 3b 1-0-0-0, Abby Marbaugh dp 2-0-0-0, Hope Blythe rf 2-0-0-0 Jordanne Blythe lf 0-0-0-0. Totals 18-2-3-1.
Errors: Phillips, Bollenbacher, Gearhart, McHugh 3, Whittaker. HBP: Frederick, Kuehne, Giesike, Shaffer (all by Phillips). Sac Bunts: McHugh, Jacobs. SB: Young. Doubles: Giesege, Davis, Phillips. LOB: C 8, VW 3.
Kuehne (W) 5-3-2-1-1-6
Phillips (L) 4-7-11-7-2-1
Pitches/Strikes: Kuehne 66/41, Phillips 80/48, Mottinger 35/18
Wild Pitches Phillips 2
Original Article Courtesy to Times Bulletin