Tippecanoe Valley Softball 21, John Glenn 3
Tippecanoe Valley 17, John Glenn 1
Valley (6-1) was clearly the better side against Glenn in a romp of both sides of a doubleheader Saturday in Walkerton.
In game one, Madi Smith had a solo homer, grand slam, five driven in and scored five runs. Corinna Stiles had a double, triple and four RBI, Abby Bowers also had a double, triple and knocked in three, and Macy Kirchenstien toed the rubber and allowed six hits and struck out four in the complete game.
In game two, Bowers had another triple and drove in three, Brayden Baney mashed a homer and drove in four, and Stiles took to the circle, giving up five hits and striking out seven in her complete game.
Elkhart Softball 11, NorthWood 4
The duo of Leeah Wade and Liberty Weiss were too much for NorthWood to handle Saturday in Nappanee.
Weiss and Wade combined for six runs and four RBI as Elkhart kept the pressure on NorthWood all game. The Lions were also credited with 10 stolen bases and rapped 14 hits in the game.
NorthWood (1-5) had Ashlyn Brooke record two hits and run, and Kailey Martin had two hits and an RBI.
Autumn Miller was touched up for the loss, allowing seven runs in three innings in the circle.
Wawasee Softball 7, Triton 1
Haylee Allen had a career day to lead Wawasee to its first win of the season.
Allen threw her first varsity no-hitter, allowing just one walk and one hit batsman, all in the first inning resulting in Triton’s only run. Otherwise, Allen struck out nine in shutting down Triton’s offense.
At the plate, Allen drove in two and had help from an RBI double from Casey Drake and a hit and two runs scored from Laney Gross as Wawasee (1-5-1) closed out its first win of the season.
Lena Doll struck out eight for Triton (3-4), but also walked seven, which the walks helped fuel a five-run Wawasee second inning.
Warsaw Softball 11, Fort Wayne Snider 6
The Lady Tigers put on a furious rally late in the contest to claim its second win of the week.
Trailing 6-5 in the sixth, Warsaw tied the game on a passed ball, then had a two-run single by Lauren Eastwood and two-run double by Tori Tackett. Kendyll Landis added an RBI single in the rally.
Makayla Holder and Lindsey Bradley each scored three runs for the Tigers (2-2), and Tackett struck out five in the complete game win.
Western Baseball 12, NorthWood 5
Western 7, NorthWood 3
Western became the first team to slow NorthWood down this season in a doubleheader in rural Kokomo.
Western emerged from game one after breaking out with 10 combined runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Mitchell Dean was in the middle of the mania, hitting a pair of homers and driving in five runs for the hosts. Gage Gongwer had a double, sac fly and an RBI for the visiting Panthers.
In game two, Western put together a pair of runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings to build enough of a lead to get the day’s sweep. Gongwer had a hit and RBI and Isaiah Yoder added two walks and a run scored for NorthWood, which dropped to 4-2 after the two losses.
Grace Baseball 8, Marian 7
Marian 5, Grace 4
Grace and Marian combined for a pair of memorable baseball games on Saturday in Crossroads League play.
Both games of the doubleheader were won in the final inning with each team coming from behind to win. Grace rallied in the first game to win 8-7 and lost the second game 5-4.
Grace pulled off a monumental comeback in the first half of the twin bill.
The Lancers trailed 5-0 after seven of the nine innings were complete. Grace had only one hit to its credit across the first seven innings, a second-inning single from Patrick Danforth.
The Lancers tried to start a rally in the bottom of the eighth when Alex Rich’s two-out, two-run single scored David Melendez and Danforth.
But the Knights countered with two more runs in the top of the ninth, giving Marian a seemingly comfortable 7-2 advantage.
But Grace was undaunted, securing the comeback with six runs to win via walkoff.
The rally started when Grace quickly loaded the bases. Jeff Pawlik had an RBI single for Grace’s first run of the inning, and Grant Buschman soon followed with a two-run double to cut the deficit to 7-5.
Collin Lytle drew a crucial walk to keep Grace’s rally alive, and Rich’s single trimmed Marian’s lead down to one.
On the next at-bat, Jarrett Faubion drew a bases-loaded walk to score Buschman and tie the game at 7-7.
Grace popped out on the next play, giving the Lancers two outs. Austin Carr then stepped up and hit a fly ball that Marian could not handle, allowing Lytle to score the game-winning run.
Rich hit 2 for 5 with three RBIs, and Danforth was 2 for 3 with two runs and a stolen base.
Bret Wilhelmi was Grace’s most effective pitcher, tossing two scoreless innings of relief. Braden Compton earned the win by throwing the final two innings.
In the second game, Kameron Koch largely kept Marian’s bats in check. Koch held Marian to two runs across the first six innings, allowing the Lancers to claim a 3-2 lead.
Buschman, Danforth and Sam Newkirk all had RBIs to give Grace a one-run lead. The Lancers could have increased their lead by more, but Grace left runners in scoring position in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
That proved to be a mistake as Marian seized the lead in the top of the seventh. Grace had an untimely error to extend the inning, and the Knights claimed a 5-3 lead with three runs.
Danforth led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, but Grace was retired on the next three batters to end the contest.
Koch threw 6.1 innings, allowing three earned runs with seven strikeouts.
Newkirk hit 2 for 4 with 1 RBI, 1 run and 1 steal, and Danforth was also 2 for 4. Lytle reached base twice.
The Lancers’ next series will be a four-game stint next weekend at No. 19 Indiana Wesleyan. Grace is down to its final two series in Crossroads League play (Goshen – April 30).