Archbold, OH

AHS Softball Wins Three Nailbiters, Moves To 12-1

The Archbold softball team won three straight close decisions and defeated Findlay 9-2 to cap off a 4-0 week on the diamond last week.

Archbold defeated Northwest Ohio Athletic League rival Evergreen 4-3 at Evergreen, Monday, April 15, and beat Springfield 2-1, Tuesday, April 16, at Archbold.

The Streaks beat previously undefeated Lima Bath 12-9, Saturday, April 20 and finished Saturday with a 9-2 win over Findlay.

AHS 4, Evergreen 3

The score was tied at 3 headed into the fifth inning when Becca Gerig, who singled earlier, was driven home by a single off the bat of Hanna Allison.

The 4-3 lead stood up as the Vikes were held scoreless the last three innings to give AHS the victory.

Gerig led the Streaks at the plate, going 2-4. Cassidy Wyse, Madison Kohler, and Payton Robinson all drove in a run as AHS collected eight hits.

Allison was the winning pitcher. She gave up three runs, only one of which was earned. She struck out three while walking four.

“This was a huge NWOAL victory for us,” said Joe Frank, AHS head coach.

“We got a good win against a very solid Evergreen squad, which keeps us in the hunt in the NWOAL.”

AHS 2, Springfield 1

Archbold faced undefeated Springfield and won in a pitcher’s duel 2-1.

Both Archbold runs scored in the first as Natalie Beck walked and Gerig doubled to put runners on second and third. With one out, Allison hit a single that drove in both runs.

The Blue Devils narrowed the gap to 2-1 with a solo homer in the fifth, but scored no more as the Streaks prevailed.

Allison and Cassidy Williams both went 2-3 at the plate to lead the Streaks.

Allison pitched a four-hitter while striking out four and walking two.

“This was a quality win against a very good Division I program that will win a lot of games this year,” said Frank.

“Both teams played errorless softball, and it was a great game to watch. Playing these games under pressure will help us down the road as we prepare for upcoming NWOAL and tourney contests.”

AHS 12, Lima Bath 9 8 innings

Trailing 8-5 in the sixth, Archbold rallied for three runs, two of which scored on a Wyse two-run homer.

LB scored once in the bottom of the sixth to take a 9-8 lead.

The Streaks tied the game on a solo homer off the bat of Jesse Fidler with one out in the seventh.

After holding the Wildkittens scoreless in the seventh, AHS scored three runs in the eighth for a 12-9 lead.

Beck, who was 3-3 in the contest, led off with a triple. Gerig and Wyse both walked to load the bases and Allison delivered the key hit with a three-run double to make it 12-9.

Bath failed to score in the bottom of the inning as the Streaks knocked off the undefeated Wildkittens in a slugfest.

Gerig was 2-4 with a triple and home run while driving in four runs along with Beck’s perfect 3-3 day at the plate.

Allison picked up the victory, giving up nine runs, five of which were earned, while surrendering 16 hits.

“We battled back against a very good Bath team and were fortunate enough to pick up the win,” said Frank.

“Our team showed a lot of character in coming back from some mistakes we made during the game. It was a hard-fought victory and gives us a lot of confi- dence that we can come back against a quality team.”

AHS 9, Findlay 2

Archbold jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings and cruised to a 9-2 victory over Findlay.

Wyse led the attack, going 3-4 with a double, three-run homer, and four runs batted in. Beck was 2-2 with a walk, reaching base all eight at-bats in the two games on Saturday.

Allison also homered.

Archbold collected 13 hits, while Robinson limited Findlay to just four. She struck out nine while walking three in the victory, which raised the season mark of AHS to 12-1.

“We played a solid game against Findlay, which capped off a great week for us,” said Frank. “We beat three quality teams this week, and we hope to continue our improvement in all aspects of the game.

“We haven’t played our best game yet, but will continue to work hard to attain that goal.”

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