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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

District Softball: Hopewell-Loudon outslugs St. Mary


FOSTORIA -- Balls were flying all around the field during Tuesday's Division IV district softball semifinal matchup between Hopewell-Loudon and Sandusky St. Mary at Fostoria High School.

The teams combined for 31 hits as Hopewell-Loudon outlasted the Panthers 16-8 in a slugfest to advance. Hopewell-Loudon (11-16) will face the winner today's semifinal meeting between Lakota and Fremont St. Joseph in the district final at 5 p.m. Friday at Fostoria High School.

The Chieftains plated three runs in the second, third and fourth innings to move ahead 9-2.

Abby Park and Aubrey Affholder each had a double, a single and an RBI during that stretch, while Lauren Trumpler and Makayla Wilson each added two singles and an RBI and Racquel Hossler and Shelbi Sauber recorded RBI doubles.

St. Mary (9-18) did not go away quietly, though.

With one out in the bottom of the fourth, the Panthers reeled off three straight hits, including RBI singles by Maddie Kreidler and Audrey Bourne.

After a groundout, Hannah Snow doubled to score Bourne and Julia Edinger reached on a error when the first and second basemen failed to communicate on a popup that would have ended the inning. Danielle Parish followed with a single and Natalie Colavincenzo tripled in Edinger and Parish to make the score 9-8.

"I'm proud of the way that the girls came back and made it a fight," Panthers coach Julie Simon said. "Regardless of what the score is, it was a great game. A lot of hits; great offensive duel."

The Chieftains added a run in the fifth and Hopewell-Loudon led 10-8 heading into the final inning.

Wilson led off the top of the seventh with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kassie Welly. Trumpler singled in Wilson, Kelsey Coppus reached on an error and Hossler drove in both runners with a single. Affholder's double plated Hossler and Park singled to score courtesy runner Raine Bertke.

Hopewell-Loudon coach Sarah Haynes said she was pleased with the way her team rallied after St. Mary moved within one run in the fourth.

"They kept coming back and we kept answering," Haynes said. "As long as that happens, we're all right. To their credit, they do hit the ball very well. They hit it hard."

Errors and mental mistakes have plagued the Chieftains at times and Haynes said it is a matter of understanding what a player did wrong but not allowing it to affect her moving forward.

"As long as you know what the mistake is and you can fix it, then it's done because it's not something that you have control over anymore," she said. "What's in the past is in the past."

Affholder worked five innings for Hopewell-Loudon, giving up three earned runs on 10 hits with one strikeout and one walk for the victory.

Cassandra Hohman added a single and two RBIs for the Chieftains, while Trumpler notched an RBI double and Park. Coppus and Wilson each drove in a run.

Hopewell-Loudon 033 310 6 -- 16 19 3 St. Mary 002 600 0 -- 8 12 5

WP -- Affholder. LP -- Edinger. top hitters: (H-L) 2B, 3-1B, 3 RBI; Hossler 2B, 1B, 3 RBI; Affholder 2-2B, 1B, 2 RBI; Park 2B, 3-1B, 2 RBI; Sauber 2B, RBI; Hohman 1B, 2 RBI; Wilson 3-1B, 2 RBI. (SM) Snow 2-2B, RBI; Parish 3-1B, RBI; Colavincenzo 3B, 2 RBI; Spadard 3-1B; Kreidler & Bourne 1B, RBI.

records: Hopewell-Loudon 11-16, Sandusky St. Mary 9-18.

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