VAN WERT – The Van Wert softball team came into Saturday’s
doubleheader against Paulding with some major momentum – consecutive
Western Buckeye League wins over St. Mary’s and Ottawa-Glandorf – and a
3-4 record. The Cougars were hoping that a couple of wins over a
struggling one-win Paulding team would put the red-and-gray over .500
and keep the momentum going.
The Panthers, however, had other
ideas, taking advantage of some shoddy Van Wert fielding for an
eight-inning 7-4 win in the opener and coming within one pitch of a 7-6
win in the second game before succumbing to a last-ditch Cougar rally
and falling 8-7.
The opener was an even battle between pitchers
Haylee Dominique for Paulding and Laine Spoor for Van Wert. Dominique,
however, struck out eight (to Spoor’s one) and had a better defense
With the score 4-4 going into the top of the eighth,
the Panthers took advantage of a Dominique single and three Van Wert
errors to take a 7-4 lead, which Dominique held onto in the bottom half.
and right fielder Daleigh Davis led Paulding’s hitters, each of them
going 2 for 4, including a double. Catcher Katie Dickson led Van Wert’s
hitters – 2 for 4 and two RBI – while shortstop Lauren Moore was 2 for 3
and scored twice. Moore was to play an even bigger role in the second
The visitors piled up a 7-0 lead in the top of the first
before Cougar starter Katie Coplin could record an out. Coplin walked
four and gave up three singles (pitcher Audrey Manz, third baseman Mya
Andrews, and left fielder Davis). Leona Aldred bounced out to short for
the first out, and Coplin threw one pitch to second baseman Ashlynn Rice
before Coplin and shortstop Moore traded places. Moore went the rest of
the way without allowing a run. She gave up only two hits, although she
struck out just one batter and walked four.
In the bottom of the
first inning, the first six Van Wert batters all singled to close the
gap to 7-3, but left the bases loaded. This was to be a recurring theme
for the remainder of the game – the Cougs pounding the ball (17 hits)
but leaving a lot of runners on base (11).
Trailing 7-6 in the
bottom of the seventh with one out, right fielder Dickson lined a single
to center field. Manz struck out centerfielder Okuly and was one strike
away from the win with a 2-2 count on left fielder Spoor. Spoor,
however, smacked a double to the gap in left center to put runners on
second and third, bringing up Moore with a chance to win her own game.
freshman bounced an opposite field single through the right side,
scoring both Dickson and, on a very close play at the plate, Spoor –
There were big hitters aplenty for the Cougars in this
game. Third baseman Olivia Profit was 4 for 4, including a double, and
drove in one. Okuly, Spoor and Moore had three hits apiece. Moore drove
in three, Okuly two. Manz had two hits for Paulding. Andrews was 1 for
3, scored one, and drove in two.
Contrary to the first game, Van
Wert’s defense, led by sub shortstop Coplin, was flawless in the second
game. Paulding’s defense was excellent in both games – one error in each
Paulding 7 Van Wert 4
Arellano lf 4-0-1-1, Audrey Manz cf 5-1-0-0, Haylee Dominique p
4-0-2-0, Morrissa Rue cr 0-1-0-0, Mya Andrews 3b 5-0-0-0, Bailey Pieper
1b 3-1-1-0, Daleigh Davis rf 4-2-2-0, Karissa Lucas ss 3-1-1-1, Brianna
Gorrell c 4-0-1-0, Ashlynn Rice 2b 2-1-0-1. Totals 34-7-8-3.
VAN WERT (4)
Spoor p 4-0-1-0, Katie Coplin lf 3-0-0-0, Lauren Moore ss 3-2-2-0, Alli
Kennedy 1b 3-1-1-1, Olivia Profit 3b 4-1-1-0, Katie Dickson c 4-0-2-2,
Peyton Okuly cf 3-0-0-0, Allie Hall 2b 3-0-1-0, Olivia Kline dp 2-0-1-0,
Grace Kline rf 1-0-0-0. Totals 30-4-9-3.
Errors – Andrews,
Dickson, Hall 2, Okuly, Profit. LOB – P 10, VW 5. Doubles – Dominique,
Davis. Sacrifice Bunts – Lucas, Rice. Sacrifice Fly – Kennedy. SB –
Lucas, rice, Moore 2, Okuly, Kennedy.
Paulding 030 010 03 - 7 8 1
Van Wert 003 010 00 - 4 9 5
Dominique (W) 8-9-4-3-2-8.
Spoor (L) 8-8-7-3-2-1.
Pitches/Strikes – Dominique 109/69, Spoor 109/71.
Van Wert 8 Paulding 7
Arellano cf 3-1-0-0, Audrey Manz p 3-1-2-0, Haylee Dominique 1b
2-1-0-0, Mya Andrews 3b 3-1-1-2, Jen Stahl c 3-1-1-0, Bailey Pieper cr
0-0-0-0, Karissa Lucas ss 4-1-0-1, Daleigh Davis lf 3-1-1-1, Leona
Aldred dp 2-0-0-1, Morrissa Rue rf 0-0-0-0. Totals 25-7-5-5.
VAN WERT (8)
Okuly cf 4-2-3-2, Laine Spoor lf 5-2-3-0, Lauren Moore ss/p 5-1-3-3,
Allie Kennedy 1b 3-0-1-2, Olivia Profit 3b 4-0-4-1, Katie Coplin p/ss
3-1-1-0, Allie Hall 2b 2-0-0-0, Drew Kennedy 2b 1-1-0-0, Olivia Kline c
4-0-1-0, Grace Kline dp/lf 3-0-0-0, Katie Dickson rf 1-1-1-0. Totals
Error – Lucas. LOB – P 5, VW 11. Doubles – Spoor,
Profit. Sacrifice Bunts – Olivia Kline. SB – Rice, Coplin, Okuly. HBP –
Andrews (by Moore), Allie Kennedy (by Manz). Double Plays – Lucas to
Dominique, Olivia Kline to Alli Kennedy.
Paulding 700 000 0 - 7 5 1
Van Wert 300 120 2x - 8 17 0
x - Two outs when winning run scored.
Manz (L) 6.2-17-8-8-3-8.
Moore (W) 6.2-2-0-0-4-1.
Pitches/Strikes – Manz 140/87, Coplin 43/16, Moore 88/49.