Baumle blanks Blue Jackets, sends WT to regional final
Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:00 AM
By Kevin Wannemacher
Wayne Trace junior Addison Baumle delivers a pitch in this file photo. Baumle has thrown 28 innings in the D-IV tournament without allowing an earned run. (dhi MEDIA file photo)
dhi MEDIA Correspondent
FINDLAY — Libby Stabler doubled with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to score Mackenzie Swary for the game’s only run as Wayne Trace captured a 1-0 win over New Riegel in Division IV regional semifinal action in Findlay on Wednesday night.
The Lady Raiders, who move to 21-7 on the season, will now play in the regional championship game at noon on Saturday against either Patrick Henry (20-3) or Lakota (19-7). The Patriots and Raiders play their regional semifinal game Thursday at 5 p.m.
Wayne Trace’s run was the lone dent on the scoreboard in a classic of a contest. Raider junior Addison Baumle and New Riegel senior Taylor Kirian each limited their opponents to three hits in the contest. The difference came down to a big two-out hit that eluded the Blue Jackets.
Scoreless into the bottom of the sixth, Swary led off with a single to left field. A sacrifice bunt by Emilie Linder moved Swary to second before the junior catcher advanced to third on a deep fly to right field by Brenda Feasby. With a 2-2 count, Stabler then came up with hit of the night, roping a double down the left field line to plate Swary.
“It was a senior who came up with a clutch hit,” noted Raider head coach Jack Baumle. “Libby had swung at a pitch that was low there before that, but she came back and battled before delivering that big hit.”
The Blue Jackets would make things interesting in the top of the seventh.
Junior Kara Scherger opened the inning with a single and stole second. Lauren Zoeller then reached on an infield single to put runners on first and second with no outs.
However, junior Haley Theis popped-up her bunt attempt and Bergman was able to record the out. Sophomore Leah Bouillon hit a line drive that was caught by Feasby in center field for the second, out but the drama wasn’t over.
Scherger and Zoeller executed a double steal that would put runners at second and third with two outs. With senior pinch-hitter Lauren Ladd at the plate, Baumle threw a ball on the first pitch before three consecutive strikes sent the Raiders to Saturday’s regional championship.
“We didn’t throw a lot of fastballs, but we did mix it up location-wise and threw a lot of rise balls and curve balls,” noted the Raider mentor. “I think we were able to keep them off balance a little bit.”
New Riegel came into the contest on a roll, having won 13 straight games while averaging ten runs a game in that stretch. However, that offense never was able to get into any type of rhythm against Baumle and the Raider defense.
“They didn’t make solid contact a lot tonight,” commented the elder Baumle. “When they did, our defense stepped up and made plays. We knew coming in we would have to play good defense and we did tonight.”
Baumle struck out eight in running her streak of innings in tournament play without an earned run allowed to 28. The junior hurler scattered three hits and walked none. Kirian, who will pitch at the University of Akron next season, struck out two while allowing three hits and no walks in six innings of work.
“It was a classic high school softball game,” continued the Raider coach. “It’s too bad either team had to lose because this was high school softball at its best.”
NOTES – The contest moved along at a good pace, finishing in one hour and nine minutes. With yesterday’s victory by the Raider softball team, Wayne Trace became the first school in the 2013-2014 school year to put at least one team from a team sport in each of the fall, winter and spring sports seasons into the regional finals. Four other schools in the state have a chance to do it today with their baseball teams participating in regional semifinal action. Those schools are Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Cincinnati Moeller, Fort Loramie and Lakewood St. Edward.
New Riegel 000 000 0- 0 3 1
Wayne Trace 000 001 x- 1 3 2
Winning Pitcher - Baumle (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K)
Losing Pitcher - Kirian (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K)
New Riegel hitters - Morgan Noftz (single), Kara Scherger (single), Lauren Zoeller (single)
Wayne Trace hitters - Carley Wright (single), Mackenzie Swary (single), Libby Stabler (double, RBI)