A day after downing Montpelier 13-3 in five innings in NWOAL softball, Wauseon fell at home against Bryan Friday, 14-1, in six.
“Bryan played extremely well. We had a difficult time containing their offense,” said Wauseon mentor Shelly Borton of the loss. “We knew they were going to be aggressive at the plate. We didn’t make plays to limit the big hits and we extended innings which allowed their momentum to carry.”
The Golden Bears sealed it with six runs in the bottom of the sixth to which the Indians did not respond.
Starting the rally was Grace Voigt with a one-out infield single, followed by April Rickenberg who got to second on a dropped ball in the outfield. A Kenzie Andrews bloop single plated Voigt to increase Bryan’s lead to 9-1, while Whitney Whetro was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Bryan’s Trista Savage added a two-run double, Bailee Speelman a two-run single, and Emily Gorzelanczyk’s single brought home another as the Bears led 14-1 midway through the sixth. Ally Tefft flew out to left to begin the next half inning for Wauseon, and the Golden Bear starting pitcher, Savage, got the next two hitters to strike out ending the inning and the game.
The other big inning for the Bears was a four-run second after getting a run in the first.
Savage led off the frame with a walk, and after a fly out, Kelsee Terrell got an infield single and Speelman a single to score Savage which put it at 2-0. Gorzelanczyk’s bunt single loaded the bases, making Voigt’s fly out good enough to score Terrell from third.
Rickenberg followed with an RBI-single to plate Savage, making the Bryan advantage 5-0 through two.
The Bears failed to score in the third, but got back on track in the fourth. They did their damage with only two hits, as Terrell led off the frame with a single and then Speelman homered to straight away center to put the margin at 7-0.
Wauseon would get on the scoreboard in the home half of the fifth. The first two reached as Erin Douglass pegged an infield single and Maddy Martinez was hit by a pitch. Then, Wauseon’s Christina Norman hit into a fielder’s choice in which Douglass was out at third, but a throw over to first in an attempt to still get Norman was off to bring in a run and make it 8-1.
Speelman led the Bryan offense as she was 3 for 4 with five RBIs. Tefft and Douglass had the lone hits for Wauseon.
Savage struck out eight hitters in getting the win, while Tefft took the loss after going 5 1/3 innings.
However, the Indians were victorious Thursday when they hosted Montpelier. They scored 13 runs on 12 hits, including scoring nine runs in the second.
Reagan Spadafore paced the offense by going 3 for 3 with five RBIs. Tefft was the winning pitcher, allowing three runs on five hits while walking just one batter.
“We played well,” said Borton. “We attacked early in the game and gave Ally (Tefft) a lead to work with. She pitched an excellent game and the defense played well behind her.”
Wauseon is in action on Tuesday when they host Toledo Central Catholic at 5 p.m. in the Division II sectional semifinal.
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