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Streak Softball Opens Season With Four Close Games




Lauren Kern opened the season with a win on the mound as the Blue Streaks beat Otsego 2- 0, Monday, March 31.- photo by  Mary Huber

Lauren Kern opened the season with a win on the mound as the Blue Streaks beat Otsego 2- 0, Monday, March 31.- photo by Mary Huber

The Archbold softball team (1-3) opened the season with a 2-0 win over Otsego, Monday, March 31.

The Streaks lost a 5-4 contest in eight innings to Defiance, Thursday, April 3, and dropped a Saturday, April 5 doubleheader at Napoleon, 5-4 and 4-3.

AHS 2, Otsego 0

With the game scoreless in the sixth inning, Adi Lange led off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch. Alyssa Schaub scored on an error after reaching base on a free pass.

Lauren Kern did her part to protect the lead by shutting out the Knights on four hits while striking out six and walking two.

The Streaks collected only four hits as Dani Newman also tripled while Kern doubled and Laura Wyse singled.

“This was a good win against a team that will win a lot of games this year,” said Joe Frank, AHS coach. “We played extremely well for the first time out this year defensively.

“Lauren also threw well. We will have to continue to play well defensively while improving at the plate.”

Defiance 5, AHS 4

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two innings. AHS scored single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to take a 3-2 lead into the seventh.

A walk, two errors, and a sacrifice fly put the Bulldogs on top 4-3.

Andrea Allan hit a one-out solo homer to tie the game at 4.

Defiance added a run in the eighth to win 5-4.

AHS collected eight hits with Allan, Newman, and Morgan Ducey collecting two hits each.

Kern took the loss on the mound, giving up five runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking two.

“This was a tough loss to swallow,” said Frank. “We failed to make the plays we needed to in the seventh inning and it cost us dearly.

“I’m confident that we will make those plays in future games and close games out the way we will need to as the season progresses.”

Napoleon 5, AHS 4

The Streaks dropped another tough contest as the Wildcats prevailed. Napoleon tied the game in the fifth and broke the tie in the sixth to pull off the win.

The Streaks mustered only three hits, but two were home runs by Lange.

She hit a solo homer in the first and a three-run homer in the third to give the Streaks a 4-3 lead.

Wyse collected the only other Streak hit, a single.

The Wildcats rapped out 11 hits.

Kern was the losing pitcher, giving up five runs on 11 hits while striking out seven and walking three.

“We continue to struggle at the plate,” said Frank. “Hitting is contagious, but it works both ways.

“Right now we are in a little bit of a funk, but we will get better.”

Napoleon 4, Archbold 3

Archbold dropped its third straight one-run game in the second game of the doubleheader. The Streaks held a 3-1 lead in the sixth, but the Wildcats rallied for two runs and then won the game in the ninth.

Lex Campos pitched a strong game for the Streaks. She threw all nine innings, surrendering only six hits, striking out six, and walking six.

AHS collected 10 hits but left 11 runners on base. Kern led the way at the plate, going 3-4. Schaub collected two hits.

“We had a tough week, but I think we can learn some good lessons from it as well,” said Frank. “It wasn’t any one area, but we made a few mistakes, both mentally and physically, that cost us.

“We will get better as long as we work hard and stick together as a team. I really like this group of young ladies, and I am confident that we will get it turned around.”

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