VAN WERT – It’s been a good year so far for Van Wert softball, but Friday’s game against Shawnee was an exception. The Lady Cougars struggled in all aspects of the game – hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning – in a 12-4 loss to Shawnee. Van Wert is now 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the Western Buckeye League. The Lady Indians are 7-3 and 2-3.
Shawnee smacked the ball all over the field – 14 hits, 12 runs, only 7 earned, coutesy of four Cougar errors – and they left 10 runners on base. Meanwhile, Van Wert scored all four of its runs in the third inning, and none of them were earned, thanks to three Indian errors.
The Cougs also had would-be rallies in the fourth and seventh innings stuffed when runners were picked off by the arm of Shawnee catcher Chloe Wohlgamuth.
Shawnee pitcher Olivia Musser wasn’t overpowering – she struck out only two batters while walking three (all three to Van Wert second baseman Alexis Metz) – but with the exception of the third inning, the Indian defense was excellent.
Van Wert starter Laine Spoor struggled with control in her 4 1/3-inning stint – 113 pitches, 60 strikes – and her defense wasn’t much help. Lauren Moore came in from centerfield to work the last 2 2/3 innings and didn’t yield a run. Neither Cougar pitcher registered a strikeout.
Eight Indians had at least one hit, led by rightfielder Molly Bollinger (3 for 4, including a double, three runs), Wohlgamuth (2 for 5, three RBI), shortstop Morgan Golden (3 for 5, three runs, three RBI), and leftfielder Megan Spoonhower (2 for 4, one RBI).
For Van Wert, Spoor went 2 for 4 and hit the ball hard in all four of her trips to plate.
Molly Bollinger rf 4-3-3-0, Laken George cf 3-2-1-0, Chloe Wohlgamuth c 5-0-2-3, EmmaTippie cr 0-1-0-0, Morgan Golden ss 5-3-3-3, Alissa Stahler 3b 4-1-1-0, Megan Spoonhower lf 4-0-2-1, Maddie Brunner lf 1-0-0-0, Morgan Altenbach rf 3-0-1-2, Allie Hutchins rf 1-0-0-0, Raegan Wheeler 1b 4-0-0-0, Kayla Seitz 2b 3-2-1-0, Olivia Musser p 0-0-0-0. Totals 37-12-14-9.
Van Wert (ab-r-h-rbi)
Laine Spoor p/cf/dp 4-0-2-0, Ashlynn Dicke cr/3b 0-1-0-0, Alexis Metz 2b 1-0-0-0, Lauren Moore cf/p 3-0-0-0, Katlyn Dickson c 4-0-1-0, Jaden Wagner cr/rf 1-1-0-0, Adrianna Grothause lf/cf 3-1-1-1, Katie Coplin ss 3-1-1-0, Grace Kline rf/lf 3-0-0-0, Drew Kennedy dp 2-0-0-0, Olivia Kline 1b 3-0-1-0, Reagan Priest 3b 0-0-0-0. Totals 27-4-6-1.
Errors – Coplin, Spoonhower, Golden, Bollinger, Priest 2, Metz. Sac Bunts – George 2. Double Plays – Metz to Olivia Kline, Wheeler unassisted. HBP – Moore (by Musser). LOB – Shawnee 10, VW 6. Doubles – Bollinger, Olivia Kline.
Shawnee 104 340 0 - 12 14 3
Van Wert 004 000 0 - 4 6 4
Musser (W) 7-6-4-0-3-2.
Spoor (L) 4.1-13-12-7-3-0.
Wild Pitches – Musser 1, Spoor 2.
Pitches/Strikes – Musser 99/64, Spoor 113/60, Moore 43/26.