WEEK 8 SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
*Miranda Benschoter, Elmwood
Junior led off the sixth inning with a triple that would eventually become the winning run in a 1-0 win over Archbold in a D-III district final. Was also the winning pitcher, firing a complete-game three-hit shutout.
WEEK 8 SOFTBALL TEAM OF THE WEEK
The Wildcats won their first district title in 10 years and just second overall with a 2-1 win over Hamilton Ross in a D-II final. Ross beat Franklin in last year’s District final.
NOTE: Winners receive personalized awards, which will be sent in June.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
*Tara Trainer, Lebanon
Junior pitcher struck out the first 14 batters she faced and 18 total in a 4-1 win over Greenville. Trainer also struck out the side to end the game in the seventh. She added a sac fly RBI in the sixth, part of a three-run Warrior inning. In a 5-0 win over Fairfield, Trainer threw a complete game one-hitter and K’d 15.
*Ashlee Dahman, Amherst Steele
Went 4-for-4 with a HR, three doubles and seven RBIs in a 9-0 win over Avon.
*Sarah Miller, Amherst Steele
Freshman hit two HRs and had a triple and five RBIs in an 8-4 win over Medina.
*Laura Stubbs, Akron Springfield
Had two doubles, a HR, five RBIs and two runs scored in a 12-7 win over Mantua Crestwood.
*Lexi Falde, Mansfield Christian
In two wins over East Knox (6-0 and 9-1), allowed two hits (one each game) and K’d 29. Followed that with a one-hit shutout of Central Christian (K’d 12) and then teamed with Rachel Pfeiffer to no-hit CC in the second game of the doubleheader.
*Payton Kuenzli, Ontario
Threw a perfect game and K’d 14 in a six-inning 10-0 win over Tiffin Columbian.
*Addy Bame, Hardin Northern
Junior standout K’d 10, allowed five hits, hit two HRs and knocked in all three runs in the Polar Bears 3-0 shutout win over Ada in the D-IV sectional final.
TEAMS OF THE WEEK
Pitchers Maddie Borchers and Katie Schwartz combined for a no-hitter as the Raiders provided head coach Michelle Baker with a win (15-0 over Botkins) in her debut.
Improved to 5-0 by winning its four games (over Sycamore, Oak Hills, Middletown and Hamilton) by the combined score of 36-2.
The Vikings handed nationally-ranked Bloom-Carroll its first loss of the season, 2-0, in Mid-State League Buckeye Division play. B-C, which entered ranked No. 10 in the country by MaxPreps and No. 15 by USA Today, was held to three hits.
A day after notching a big Midland Athletic League victory over New Riegel (then-ranked No. 2 in the state), the Warriors run-ruled 10-win Arlington 11-0. Swept a doubleheader with Arcadia 11-8 and 12-1 thanks in part to six HRs and 24 hits. Mohawk has won 11 straight.
Big Red captured the first OVAC 4A title in program history with a 4-2 win over Harrison Central.
Arrows wrapped up the OHC title with a 4-2 win over Mansfield Madison.
The Aces set a school record for wins in a season by improving to 15-3 with an 11-1 victory over Edon in a D-IV sectional final.