Close Encounters for Eagles and Oilers On Softball Diamond

Kourtney Yarnall
Kourtney Yarnall

            Rules of society frown on those who invade personal space. The softball teams from Ashland and Findlay weren't concerned about manners as they played two, close, up-and-personal GLAC games on Saturday (Apr. 6) in Findlay.

            The teams split two one-run contests on Saturday. The Eagles prevailed in the first game, 4-3 and the Oilers claimed the second game, 5-4 in nine innings. Ashland is 14-13, 8-4 in the GLIAC. The Oilers are 15-9 and 3-7 in conference play.

            In the first game, sophomore pitcher Amber McDermott (Creston, Ohio/Norwayne) gave the Eagles a solid performance. McDermott was coming off a superb effort on Wednesday against Lake Erie. Against the Oilers, she toiled for seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits. Only one of those runs was earned. McDermott walked two and struck out four. She is 3-3.

            AU had seven hits and four of those went for extra bases. Kourtney Yarnall (Canton, Ohio/Perry) and Jerrica Young (Loundonville, Ohio) slugged solo homers. Carly West (Ashland, Ohio/Hillsdale) tripled and Jen Moore (Jeromesville, Ohio/Hillsdale) doubled.

            AU led, 4-2 after five innings. The Oilers scored once in the sixth inning, but could not break through against McDermott in the seventh.

            In the second game, UF went ahead to stay in the top of the ninth inning on a two-out double by Brittany Dauterman. That two-bagger scored Jenna Motuza, who had singled and reached second via a stolen base. Those two Findlay players caused trouble for AU all game. Dauterman was 3-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs and Motuza was 3-for-5 and scored three runs.

            Outfielder Taylor Menhart (Twinsburg, Ohio) was 2-for-4 with a double. West was 2-for-3 and shortstop Jamie Weber (Orient, Ohio/Teays Valley) had a triple.

            The loss went to Sarah Alley (Milford, Ohio), who went the distance and allowed five runs (three earned) on 10 hits. She walked one and struck out three.

            Findlay's Tawna Whited continued her fine season. She also pitched a complete game and improved to 7-2 by holding AU to four runs (one earned) on six hits. Whited walked five and struck out nine.

            The Eagles will play a twinbill at Hillsdale on Sunday (Apr. 7).