2009-05-13 / Sports

Streaks Beat Delta, PH; Fall To Evergreen

Andrea Allan gets thrown out at second base in Archbold's non-league contest with Anthony Wayne, Tuesday, April 28. The Streaks, top-seeded in the Div. III sectional tournament at Archbold, open tournament play Thursday, May 14 against Tuesday's Swanton-Tinora winner.-  photo by Scott     Schultz       Andrea Allan gets thrown out at second base in Archbold's non-league contest with Anthony Wayne, Tuesday, April 28. The Streaks, top-seeded in the Div. III sectional tournament at Archbold, open tournament play Thursday, May 14 against Tuesday's Swanton-Tinora winner.- photo by Scott Schultz The Archbold softball team, tied for third in the rankings in Division III by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association, sandwiched a pair of wins around their first loss in Northwest Ohio Athletic League play last week.

The week began with an 8-0 win over Patrick Henry, Monday, May 4.

The Streaks suffered their first league loss, a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Evergreen, Tuesday, May 5.

AHS bounced back with a 7-0 league win over Delta, Thursday, May 7 to up its record to 18-2, 6-1 NWOAL.

AHS 8, PH 0

The Streaks exploded out of the gate by scoring five runs in the first inning and cruised to an 8-0 whitewashing of the Patriots.

Andrea Allan led off with a single, and Lauren Kern followed with an infield single. After Courtney Day lined out to third, Stacy Wyse walked and Alyssa Schaub hit a bases-loaded single to drive in two runs.

Lex Campos followed with a two-run triple and Morgan Ducey scored Campos with a single.

Day singled home a run in the second inning while Allan doubled home the last two Streak runs in the contest. Allan led the way with a single and a double at the plate.

Kern shut down the Patriots as they mustered only two hits. Tiffany Ehlers had both PH hits, a single and a double. Kern also struck out 11 while walking none.

"We got off to a great start today, and that was the key," said Joe Frank, AHS coach. "Scoring five runs in the first inning takes the pressure off and allows us to play relaxed. Lauren threw well and we played solid defensively behind her."

Evergreen 2, AHS 1

The Streaks saw their 15- game win streak snapped by the Vikings as two unearned runs allowed the Vikes to deal the Streaks their first league loss.

Trailing 1-0 headed into the fourth inning, AHS responded with its only run. A Day double was followed by a Stacy Wyse single, which tied the game at 1. Schaub singled to right field to put Streak runners on first and third.

Two pop-ups followed, and the threat was ended by Viking pitcher Nicole Natter.

The game remained tied going into the bottom of the seventh. A lead-off single, sacrifice bunt with the runner advancing all the way to third on the bunt, and a single scored the winning run for Evergreen.

"Tonight just wasn't our night," said Frank. "We played very tentatively, which is not at all like we usually play. The Vikings played a great game and deserved to win the contest.

"We still control our own destiny in the league, and I think this loss will only help us in the long run. We will see how the team responds after a tough loss, but I am confident that we will perform well in the coming games."

AHS 7, Delta 0

Archbold again jumped out to a big 4-0 lead after one inning and cruised to a 7-0 win over Delta.

Allan led off the game with a double and Kern followed with an infield single. Day then drove in two runs with a single, and Stacy Wyse doubled to drive in Day. Schaub then scored Wyse, who had advanced to third on a wild pitch, with an infield ground-out.

Schaub also drove in two more runs in the second with a two-out single.

AHS scored its final run in the fifth on a run-batted-in single by Ducey. The Streak defense and Kern took care of the rest.

Kern put on an impressive performance on the mound; she struck out 15 Panthers while walking none as Delta collected only three hits.

"The difference between today and Tuesday was remarkable," said Frank. "The focus that we played with today was something I was hoping to see.

"After Tuesday's loss, we challenged the team to come out and show everyone what kind of team we are capable of being. These young ladies took the advice to heart and played one of our best games of the season.

"Lauren Kern pitched as well as she has all season today.

"We have one league game left (Monday, May 11), and it will be for the NWOAL championship. Wauseon has a good team and we will have to play well to win."

Div. III Sectional

Archbold, top-seeded in the Division III sectional tournament at AHS, plays last night's Swanton-Tinora winner in a sectional final, Thursday, May 14, 5 p.m.

Evergreen, seeded second, plays last night's Delta-Liberty Center winner in the other sectional final.

Thursday winners play in the district semifinal, Tuesday, May 19, 5 p.m. at AHS. The winner advances to the district final, Thursday, May 21, 5 p.m., at Lima Bath High School.

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