The U12 Gold softball team (5-3) played its league tournament last weekend. Eight teams participated in the double elimination tournament at Memorial Park in Archbold.
Archbold faced Wauseon in its first game, Friday, July 11. The Gold had beaten the Indians twice this season. Archbold scored five runs in the first inning and added six in the third and fourth.
Winter Fricke and Hannah Kern, Gold pitchers, limited Wauseon to one run for a 17-1 final. Fricke pitched the first four innings, giving up three hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Kern pitched the last inning with one walk and two strikeouts.
Jesse Fidler hit a grand slam home run. Desi Newman also homered and hit a single for three runs batted in. Other hitters were Cassidy Wyse, triple, single; Alexa Coressel, single, double; Jennifer Gerken, Becca Gerig and Hannah Hesterman, two singles each; Shannon Neuenschwander and Kern, singles.
Archbold 13, LC 0
The Gold faced Liberty Center, Saturday, July 12, at 12 noon. Batting first, Archbold scored five runs and never looked back, adding single runs in each of the next three innings and five more in the fifth to mercy rule LC 13-0.
Kern pitched four strong innings, giving up three hits, one walk, and six strikeouts. Fricke pitched the last inning, giving up one hit with two strikeouts.
Leading hitters were Kern, Fidler, Gerig, Coressel, and Krista Leupp with one single each; Gerken, two singles; Newman, three singles; Ciara Burris, single, double; Wyse, two doubles, single.
Archbold 7, Delta 4
Archbold’s next opponent in the finals of the winners bracket was undefeated Delta. In an earlier matchup, Delta beat the Gold 12-4.
Archbold scored once in the first inning and another run in the third, but Delta roared back with four in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. The Gold had a big sixth inning, scoring four. Archbold held Delta in the seventh to win 7-4.
Fricke went the first five innings, giving up seven hits and one walk while striking out two.
Kern pitched the last two innings, giving up no hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Once again the Gold hitters showed their strength. Fidler hit a home run; Gerig, triple; Wyse, single and double; Hesterman, two singles; Kern, Newman, Neuenschwander, Fricke and Burris, one single each.
The win put Archbold in the finals on Sunday, July 13. Delta battled through the losers bracket to set up a rematch. Finals Archbold 5, Delta 3
Delta came out swinging and scored two runs in the first. The Gold answered in the second with two of its own.
Delta scored in the third, but that was all they mustered and the Gold took control as Archbold scored one in the fourth and two more in the fifth for a 5-3 win.
Delta put its leadoff batter on base in the seventh, but the next batter lined out to third. The final Delta batter hit a line drive to second baseman Cassidy Williams, who fired to first, picking off the base runner to end the game.
The Gold outscored its opponents 43-8 in the tournament.
Fricke pitched the first four innings, giving up eight hits, no walks and five strikeouts. Kern pitched the final three innings with no hits, four walks, and two strikeouts.
Leading hitters were Newman and Gerig, two singles; Fidler, Coressel, Neuenschwander and Hesterman, singles. Leupp had two RBIs and Gerken, one. Great defense was played by the Gold throughout.
Cassidy Wyse, catcher, threw out many runners and held many more on base.
The Gold (9-3) team was coached by Kendra Stahl and Kara Buehrer.