Crestview right fielder Lauren Schmid slaps a base hit during a game versus Allen East in this file photo. Schmid went 1-for-3 and scored the only run for the Lady Knights in a 5-1 defeat to Bath on Wednesday. (TB file photo)
Crestview right fielder Lauren Schmid slaps a base hit during a game versus Allen East in this file photo. Schmid went 1-for-3 and scored the only run for the Lady Knights in a 5-1 defeat to Bath on Wednesday. (TB file photo)
By Jim Cox
Times Bulletin Correspondent
CONVOY — If a softball coach could ever be happy after a defeat, that would be Crestview’s Carl Etzler after Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to Lima Bath. The Wildkittens are ranked fifth in Division II and are now 14-1, their only loss being a one-run defeat to Archbold, which is ranked fourth in Division III. The Lady Knights, ranked tenth in Division IV, are now 10-6 after having their eight-game winning streak snapped.
Crestview right hander Kirstin Hicks pitched well against the hard-hitting Kittens, and the Knights defense was solid, committing no errors behind her. Even though the home team scored only one run, they had seven hits, which is saying something against Bath senior Kimmy Reynolds, who has thrown a number of no-hitters and perfect games in her career. Reynolds was an all-Ohio first-teamer and the Western Buckeye League Player of the Year in 2013.
Bath got on the board first. In the top of the third with one out, fleet-footed center fielder Jenna Hollar beat out a slow roller to short, stole second, moved to third on a ground out, and came in on a line single to center by catcher Julia Miller.
After Reynolds faced the minimum number of batters in the first three innings, the Knights mounted some offense in the fourth. Right fielder Lauren Schmid, a speedy left handed slap hitter, led off with a bunt single. Third baseman Brooke Bowen bunted Schmid to second and reached when her bunt was bobbled. Hicks made the first out by flying to left, but catcher Mackenzie Riggenbach smacked a single to right, plating Schmid. Bowen went to third and Riggenbach to second when the throw-in went awry. However, Reynolds thwarted that threat by getting left fielder Brady Guest on a soft liner to the first baseman and fanning first baseman Terra Crowle. It was 1-1 after four.

The Wildkittens broke it open in the the sixth. Hicks plunked Miller to start the inning, and Reynolds bunted courtesy runner Tara Herr to second. Hicks struck out third baseman Courtney Helming for the second out, but four straight hits then spelled the Knights’ doom. Shortstop Kara Dienstberger came up with the game-winner, an opposite-field flare that found the right field grass, scoring Herr. First baseman Ellie Dackin smoked a single through the left side, moving Dienstberger to third, with Dackin taking second on the throw. Leftf ielder Cassie Best drove in both runners with a double to the gap in left-center, then Best scored the fifth run on a sharp single to left by right fielder Carly Frey.
“For five innings, we matched them pitch for pitch and hit for hit,” said Etzler. “They got the four in the sixth. We came back and got base runners (two in the seventh), but she (Reynolds) closed it out. She’s just an outstanding pitcher. I’m overall pleased. You like your team facing that level of competition because it’s only gonna make you better down the road as we move toward the tournament run.”
During her seven innings of work, Hicks gave up five runs, all earned, on 11 hits, striking out three, walking nobody, and hitting one batter. She threw 105 pitches, of which 71 were strikes. Reynolds also went the distance, yielding one run, earned, on seven hits. She struck out eight and walked none, throwing 82 pitches, 58 strikes.
Bath got two hits apiece from Miller, Dienstberger, Dackin, and Frey. No Knight had more than one hit.
Coach Etzler got some good news over the weekend. An MRI revealed that Crowle has no tear, but only severe tendonitis in her shoulder, and therefore may be phased back into her normal pitching role, beginning in a week or so. Crowle pitched Crestview to the state championship in 2012.
Lima Bath 001 004 0- 5 11 2
Crestview  000 100 0- 1 7 0
Bath (ab-r-h-rbi)
Hollar cf 4-1-1-0, Manley 2b 4-0-0-0, Miller c 3-0-2-1, Herr cr 0-1-0-0, Reynolds p 3-0-1-0, x- Roob cr 0-0-0-0, Helming 3b 3-0-0-0, Dienstberger ss 3-1-2-1, Dackin 1b 3-1-2-0, Best lf 3-1-1-2, Frey rf 3-0-2-1
Crestview (ab-r-h-rbi)
Schmid rf 3-1-1-0, Brooke Bowen 3b 2-0-0-0, Hicks p 3-0-1-0, x- Mallory Bowen cr 0-0-0-0, Riggenbach c 3-0-1-1, Guest lf 3-0-1-0, Crowle 1b 3-0-1-0, Grote 2b 3-0-1-0, Rager ss 3-0-1-0, Millay cf 2-0-0-0
2B- Best (LB)
WP-Reynolds LP- Hicks