2010-06-02 / Sports

Archbold Softball Wins Regional Championship

Courtney Day appears to be tagged out between third base and home, but Milan Edison's pitcher, Susan Knight (11) dropped the ball. Day scored on a double to left field by Morgan Ducey to give AHS a 3-0 lead. The Streaks beat the Chargers in the regional semifinal 4-0.– photos by Mary Huber     Courtney Day appears to be tagged out between third base and home, but Milan Edison's pitcher, Susan Knight (11) dropped the ball. Day scored on a double to left field by Morgan Ducey to give AHS a 3-0 lead. The Streaks beat the Chargers in the regional semifinal 4-0.– photos by Mary Huber Archbold captured its eighth regional softball championship in school history with two hard-earned victories over Edison and Elmwood last week.

The Streaks defeated Milan Edison, 4-0, Wednesday, May 26, and Elmwood, 5-2, Saturday, May 29, to claim the Division III regional title at Ashland.

It’s the first time since 2004 AHS has advanced to the final four. Archbold won the state championship in 1982, 1984, and 1986; was the state runner-up in 1985; and was a state semifinalist in 1980, 1987, and 2004.

With the win over Elmwood, the Streaks upped their record to 26-4 and tied the school record for most victories in a season.

Elmwood's Emily Reynolds is out at second base for the Royals' third out of the third inning in the regional final. Whitney Striff hit a grounder to left field, which was scooped up by Stacy Wyse. She threw the ball to second baseman Devin Newman, who tagged out Reynolds. Elmwood's Emily Reynolds is out at second base for the Royals' third out of the third inning in the regional final. Whitney Striff hit a grounder to left field, which was scooped up by Stacy Wyse. She threw the ball to second baseman Devin Newman, who tagged out Reynolds. D-III Regional Semifinal AHS 4, Edison 0

The Streaks faced a tough Edison squad (24-5) in the semifinal and came out on top 4-0.

Archbold opened scoring in the third inning when Alyssa Schaub walked and scored on a Courtney Day double.

The same two players teamed up for another run in the fifth. Schaub doubled and moved to third on an error, and Day bunted to first base. The first baseman tried to tag Day, but Schaub bolted for home and beat the throw to raise the score to 2-0.

Day was also safe and advanced to second on the play at home.

Jenna Nofziger (3) is called out after attempting to steal second base in Archbold's regional semifinal against Edison. Jenna Nofziger (3) is called out after attempting to steal second base in Archbold's regional semifinal against Edison. Morgan Ducey hit a clutch two-out double to score Day for a 3-0 lead.

Day also scored in the top of the seventh after walking and advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt and an error.

Sarah Wyse put the clamps on the Edison offense, surrendering only one hit while striking out eight and walking one.

The Streak defense was solid as it committed only one error and made plays behind Wyse the entire game.

Jenna Nofziger led the eight-hit attack with a single and a double.

“We played a very solid game against a good Edison squad and came up with a huge victory,” said Joe Frank, AHS head coach.

“We played some ‘small ball’ today, and the bunt by Courtney ended up leading to two runs.

Shortstop Mindy Wyse catches a pop fly for the first out of the fifth inning in Archbold's regional final with Elmwood. Shortstop Mindy Wyse catches a pop fly for the first out of the fifth inning in Archbold's regional final with Elmwood. “Sarah was outstanding on the mound and was ahead of hitters all day long.”

D-III Regional Final AHS 5, Elmwood 2

Schaub jump-started the Streaks with a home run on the second pitch of the game to lead off the bottom of the first inning, and the Streaks never trailed.

The Streaks upped the score to 2-0 thanks to a runbatted in double by Sarah Wyse in the third.

Archbold made it 4-0 on a double steal, which led to Day scoring and a Morgan Cody RBI single.

The Royals struck back with two runs in the sixth. Archbold answered with a run of its own thanks to an RBI single by Nofziger, which scored Abbey Graber after she had reached base on a single.

Graber had alertly gone from first to third on a sacrifi ce bunt by Devin Newman before Nofziger’s single.

Catcher Morgan Ducey gets instructions for the next pitch. –photo by Mary Huber     Catcher Morgan Ducey gets instructions for the next pitch. –photo by Mary Huber The Royals (19-10) put two runners on base in the seventh before a ground ball to third base led to a force-out to end the contest and give the Streaks a regional championship.

Sarah Wyse led the way at the plate, going 3-3 with two doubles and a single. Graber had two hits as Archbold had nine in the game.

Wyse pitched the complete game victory, scattering nine hits while striking out five and walking three.

“This was a great game, and we had to fight for every run we scored,” said Frank. “We battled in all phases of the game.

“I am just so happy for this group of young ladies. They have taken extra batting practice and ground balls on a consistent basis this year, and deserve all of the accolades they are receiving.

Mindy Rupp scores Archbold's fourth run of the game in the Blue Streaks' regional final with Elmwood. AHS won the championship 5-2.–photo by  Mary Huber Mindy Rupp scores Archbold's fourth run of the game in the Blue Streaks' regional final with Elmwood. AHS won the championship 5-2.–photo by Mary Huber “This is truly a ‘team’ with every single player contributing throughout the lineup this year.

“I am confident we will represent our school and community in a positive way next week in the state tourney.

“As I have stated earlier, I am blessed to work with such a dynamic group of young ladies and outstanding assistant coaches. This has been a great ride and we hope it continues two more games.”

State Tournament

The Hillsdale Falcons (27-5) play the Piketon Redstreaks (25-2) in the first Div. III state semifinal, Friday, June 4, 3 p.m., at Firestone Stadium, Akron.

The Falcons were ranked 10th and the Redstreaks, second, in the final Ohio High School Fastpitch Coaches Association poll.

Archbold (26-4) plays West Liberty-Salem (26-3) in the other D-III state semifinal, Friday, June 4, 5:30 p.m. The Tigers were ranked fourth.

Winners play for the state championship, Saturday, June 5, 7 p.m.

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