STREAKS IN FINAL FOUR!
Alyssa Schaub, leadoff hitter for Archbold, hit a home run to open the bottom of the first inning in the Division III regional softball final between the Streaks and Elmwood (20-10), Saturday, May 29 at Ashland.
A Sarah Wyse double to right field scored Schaub in the bottom of the third for a 2-0 lead.
The Streaks extended the lead to 4-0 in the fifth when a wild pitch allowed Courtney Day to score and Morgan Cody hit a single to center field, which scored Mindy Rupp.
The Royals climbed back in the sixth, scoring two runs with two outs to close the gap to 4-2.
But Archbold widened the gap back to three runs in the bottom of the inning when a Jenna Nofziger single to center field scored Abbey Graber.
Elmwood left two runners on base in the seventh when Vanessa Schwind hit a grounder to Schaub, who tagged out the runner at third for the third out, giving Archbold a 5-2 regional final victory.
Archbold (26-4) plays West Liberty Salem (26-3) in a state semifinal, Friday, June 4, 5:30 p.m. at Firestone Stadium in Akron. Salem was ranked fourth in D-III by the Associated Press, and won its regional final at Fairborn 2-0 over Sparta Highland.
In the other D-III state semifinal, Jeromesville Hillsdale (27-5 AP #10) plays Piketon (24-2, AP #2), the Lancaster regional winner. Piketon defeated Lucasville Valley 2-1 in their regional final. Hillsdale defeated North Lima South Range 7-0 to win the Massillon Regional.–Updated 5.29, 11 p.m.