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PHS Softball Wins Share Of BBC Title




Kaija Blosser is safe on a fielding error in Pettisville's game with Archbold.– photo by Mario Gomez

Kaija Blosser is safe on a fielding error in Pettisville’s game with Archbold.– photo by Mario Gomez

Pettisville (12-6) won a share of its second straight Buckeye Border Conference softball title with league wins over Stryker and Fayette last week.

The Birds won the title outright in 2012, and share the 2013 title with Hilltop. Both finish with 8-2 league records.

“I’m proud of the girls for earning a part of another BBC title,” said Kendra Stahl, PHS head coach.

“We had a solid year last year, going 9-1 in the BBC. Then we lose six seniors and a key player from last year, and bring in nine freshmen on the team.

“You have to admit your doubts when playing inexperienced players.

“But expectation of winning another BBC title was still there, and hopefully that will never go away in the upcoming seasons.”

PHS 6, Stryker 0

The Birds led 3-0 after three innings and scored three runs in the fifth to finish with a 6-0 shutout at Stryker (5-12, 4-4 BBC), Monday, May 6.

Delaney Nofziger pitched a complete game for PHS, and allowed no runs on five hits, struck out eight, and walked two.

At the plate, Amber Klopfenstein, Emily Hubby, and Kenzie Riegsecker each hit a double and a single. Stephanie Hubby, Kaija Blosser, Andi Aeschliman, and Mallory Riegsecker each hit a single.

Delta 2, PHS 1

The Panthers (8-15) scored single runs in the second and third innings while the Birds managed only one run in the fifth in a non-league battle, Tuesday, May 7, at Delta.

All runs scored were unearned.

Nofziger was the losing pitcher. In six innings she allowed two runs on two hits, struck out five, and walked none.

At the plate, E. Hubby hit a double. Nofziger, Blosser, and K. Riegsecker each hit singles.

PHS 17, Fayette 1

Leading 8-0 after one, the Birds cruised to a 17-1 BBC win over the Eagles (0-13, 0- 10 BBC), Thursday, May 9, at Wauseon.

Nofziger was the winning pitcher. In five innings she allowed one run on one hit, struck out seven, and walked none.

Klopfenstein led PHS at the plate with a single and a double. Olivia Wright hit a double, and Hannah Hoops, Nofziger, Blosser, and M. Riegsecker each hit a single.

Archbold 16, PHS 1

The game report for Pettisville’s 16-1 loss to Archbold is elsewhere in this issue.

Tournament

Pettisville was scheduled to play Stryker yesterday, Tuesday, in a Division IV sectional final at Stryker.

The Panthers defeated Holgate 4-3 in their sectional semifinal on Saturday, May 11.

Last night’s Pettisville- Stryker winner advances to a district tournament semifi- nal, Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m., at Bryan.

The district final is scheduled for Friday, May 24, 5 p.m., at Bryan.


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