Archbold, OH

Streak Softball Picks Up The Pace With 3 Wins

The Archbold softball team had a good week on the diamonds, going 3-1 last week.

The Streaks defeated Swanton 12-2, Monday, April 14 before losing to Springfield 2-1 in nine innings, Tuesday, April 15. AHS was victorious over Pettisville 14-4, Friday, April 18 and Lima Bath 12-5, Saturday, April 19.

The Streaks are 5-5, 1-0 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League.

AHS 12, Swanton 2

Archbold jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead and went on to a 12-2 six-inning win. Collecting 10 hits, AHS was led by Alyssa Schaub and Stacy Wyse with two each.

Lauren Kern pitched all six innings and gave up two unearned runs while striking out 10 and walking none.

“We hit the ball well at the beginning and the end but took a few innings off in the middle of the game,” said Joe Frank, AHS coach. “We have to learn to value every at-bat and make each one a meaningful trip into the box.

“We played fairly well defensively, except for the two errors that led to the Bulldog runs.”

Springfield 2, AHS 1

The Streaks dropped their fourth one-run game and the third extra-inning loss of the year.

The Blue Devils jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third after a home run by Alexander. AHS tied the game in the third when Kern singled home Abbey Graber after Graber singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Andrea Allan.

The game remained tied until the ninth when a double, bunt, and single against the drawn-in AHS infield scored a run.

Streak hits were hard to come by as they collected only five for the day.

Kern was the losing pitcher, scattering eight hits while striking out 11 and walking one.

“Even though we lost I felt that we really competed with everything we had today,” said Frank. “A loss is a loss, but we can take some positives from this game and build upon them for the rest of the season.

“Lauren (Kern) is really starting to pitch well right now. We just have to find a way to score a few runs.

AHS 14, Pettisville 3

The Streak bats were awakened in a big way with the win over the Blackbirds. Archbold used the long ball to key the win as Lex Campos, Adi Lange, Dani Newman, Katie Miller, and Devin Newman all homered.

The Newman sisters had a big day at the plate, as Dani was 4- 4 and Devin, 2-2. Courtney Day also had a big game as she went 3-4.

Allan and Lange added two hits each. The Streaks collected 18 hits while holding the Birds to five.

Kern pitched the first three innings; Campos finished the game on the mound. The two combined to strike out 12 while walking four.

“I was extremely happy to see us swing the bats the way we did today,” said Frank. “We have seen some very tough pitching and have struggled at the plate, but not today.

“Hopefully we can use this to build some confidence at the plate in the future.”

AHS 12, Lima Bath 5

The Streaks remained hot as they collected 14 big hits.

AHS had two huge innings that keyed the win as they scored five runs in the second and six in the seventh.

Lima Bath had narrowed the difference to 6-3 after six when the Streaks erupted with the seventh-inning barrage.

The key to the contest was Archbold’s balance as eight of the nine hitters collected at least one hit.

Kern had a huge day at the plate, going 4-5 with a double and a triple. Allan, Laura Wyse, and Schaub each collected two hits.

Campos picked up the win as she pitched a complete game seven-hitter, striking out six while walking three.

“I am thrilled with the way we are swinging the bats,” said Frank.

“We took great swings against some Bath pitchers today that are pretty good.

“I really like how the team has stuck together during some tough early-season losses. I think this team had its character tested with the four losses by one run, but we weathered the storm.

“It has been a total team effort to get this thing going in the right direction; hopefully we can keep it going.

“Every single person on this team contributed in a positive way this week, and that was rewarding to see as a coach.”

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