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Pirates blank Perry to clinch NWCC crown


Riverside’s softball team claimed the outright Northwest Central Conference championship Friday for the first time in four years after dropping host Lima Perry 12-0 in five innings.


Riverside’s Christyn Wietholter, shown in a game against
Fairbanks last week, was the winning pitcher Friday as
the Pirates wrapped up the Northwest Central Conference
title with a victory over Perry. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO | AARON LaBATT

The Pirates finish league play perfect at 5-0 and are 15-7 overall.

“The girls came out hitting the ball,” said RHS head coach Andy Phelps. “It has been four years since we have won the league title and this group of girls wanted this bad.

“We racked up 14 hits and never looked back. Christyn (Wietholter) had another great night (and allowed just) four hits and no runs.”

Riverside took control early and led 8-0 after the second inning. The Pirates plated four more runs in the top of the fourth inning and were never threatened by Perry.

Wietholter recorded the win for RHS in the pitching circle with six strikeouts. She gave up just four hits.

Offensively, Taylor Anderson went 2-4 with a triple and an RBI, Abby Proffitt went 2-3 with a double and two RBI, Taylor Nichols went 2-4 with two RBI, Karli Castle went 2-4 with a double, Taylor Goings had a double and two RBI, while Monica Hurley and Wietholter each added an RBI.

Riverside hosts Northeastern on Thursday.


(five innings)

Pirates    620    40    —    12    14    2

Commodores    000    00    —    0    4    6

Wietholter and Anderson; Patton and Turman. WP—Wietholter; LP—Patton.

Tigers take two from Pleasant

West Liberty-Salem’s softball team swept visiting Marion Pleasant on Saturday in a non-league doubleheader.

The Tigers dropped the Spartans 12-6 in the first game and then held on to win the second game 3-2. The wins improve their record to 14-9 on the season.

Rachel Loffing picked up the win in the first game with 10 strikeouts.

Offensively, Karlie Wilbur went 2-3 with three RBI, Taylor Day went 2-4 with a double and Loffing added a double.

The second game saw Melany Ward earn the win in the pitching circle.

Autumn Klinger went 2-3 with two RBI, while Ward and Addie Kendall each had a double.

WL-Salem hosts Northeastern on Wednesday in Ohio Heritage Conference action.



Spartans    000    310    2    —    6    10    5

Tigers    050    250    X    —    12    8    2

WP—Loffing; LP—Corbin.



Spartans    000    101    0    —    2    8    2

Tigers    020    001    X    —    3    4    3

WP—Ward; LP—Slob.

Chiefs fall to Wapak

Wapakoneta’s softball team grabbed a 6-2 win over host Bellefontaine on Saturday in a non-league contest.

The Chiefs fall to 11-11 overall and the Redskins improve to 13-8.

“We did not play well,” said BHS head coach Katie Buffkin. “Defensively, we committed untimely errors on which Wapakoneta was able to capitalize. Offensively, we were unable to string hits together to push runs across the plate.”

Wapak led 3-2 after the fourth inning and secured the win with three more runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Jenna VanHoose led the BHS offense by going 2-4 at the plate.

Bellefontaine travels to Stebbins today for Central Buckeye Conference action.


Redskins    000    303    0    —    6    8    2

Chieftains    101    000    0    —    2    8    3

WP—Lovett; LP—Dew.

Gophers split with Tree of Life

Catch more softball coverage in Monday's Examiner.


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