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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

District Softball: Elmwood's Benschoter blanks Gibsonburg, 7-0


BOWLING GREEN -- Miranda Benschoter's arm and timely hitting propelled Elmwood over Gibsonburg 7-0 Tuesday in a Division III district semifinal at Bowling Green High School.

The sophomore right-hander pitched a two-hitter while fanning 11 and walking one in seven innings.

"My riseball was really working today," Benschoter said. "You can never let up. Even if it's not a close game, they could hit anything and you still have to keep going hard.

"We know we can come out strong every game. It's what we've been doing."

Elmwood (22-5) advances to Saturday's noon district final to face the winner of today's meeting between Eastwood and Evergreen.

The Royals' offense started slowly, but it didn't worry Elmwood coach Matt Hoiles.

"The hitting team that I have, I knew they would make adjustments," Hoiles said. "Miranda on the mound is definitely growing up in front of us. She is getting pretty dominant at points when she is hitting her spots inside and outside. As a team defense, we played well besides one error we had, but for the most part our defense was ready to go."

The game started as a pitcher's duel between Benschoter and Gibsonburg's Danielle Fisher. The game was scoreless in the first three innings before Elmwood drew first blood.

In the bottom of the fourth, Katie Bottesch singled to right and Madison Arnold was hit by a pitch. Rebecca Harvey grounded out to Fisher, who threw to get the force out at third.

Arnold then stole third and scored on an illegal-pitch call.

In the fifth, Brittany George hit a two-out double down the left-field line that scored Jennilee Myers, upping the score to 2-0 heading into the sixth.

The Royals then put the game away with a five-run outburst as runs scored on two errors, a fielder's choice and an RBI single by Ragan Yarnell.

"Our baserunning is going to be ready," Hoiles said. "We are going to take advantage of fielding miscues and we are going to take off and go. I think that put them on their heels. I've got a group of girls that can run the bases."

With the score 7-0 in the top of the seventh, Benschoter gave up a single to Lindsey Perales, but came back to retire the side.

Marisa Alvardo's double in the third inning gave the Golden Bears their only runner in scoring position.

"That game was closer than what the final score said it was," Gibsonburg coach Anthony Ruiz said. "It kind of got away from us late in the game. I think fatigue set in and we just didn't have enough today to affect the end of the game."

George led the Royals at the plate with a double, a single and an RBI, while Bottesch and Tori Hillard had a single with two RBIs. Olivia Meyers added a single.

Fisher went six innings, giving up seven earned runs on eight hits with four walks.

Gibsonburg 000 000 0 -- 0 2 3 Elmwood 000 115 x -- 7 8 1

WP -- Benschoter. LP -- Fisher. top hitters: (Gib) Alvarado 2B. (Elm) B. George 2B, 1B; Bottesch 1B, 2 RBI; Hillard 1B, 2 RBI; Benschoter 1B; Yarnell 1B, RBI.

records: Gibsonburg 20-7, Elmwood 22-5.

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