SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – It began as an offensive explosion but ended as a pitching gem.
Ottawa-Glandorf scored eight runs in the first two innings on its way to an 8-0 Western Buckeye League softball win at Shawnee on Tuesday afternoon.
But the Titans weren’t content just to run the bases. They kept Shawnee off them, too, behind a no-hitter by pitcher Megan Kitchen.
Kitchen struck out seven and walked three in her no-hitter, which came one night after she threw a two-hitter in a win over Kalida.
Kitchen has had enough no-hitters that she wasn’t sure how many she has thrown. And, if she had been asked before the game, she might not have predicted she’d get another on Tuesday.
“In my warm-up I was kind of getting little nervous because I didn’t think it looked too good. But then I came out there and it worked pretty good,” she said. “I’ve had a few (no-hitters), but this is a big one, playing Shawnee.
She called her screwball her best pitch, but all of them seemed to cause problems for Shawnee, which got only one ball out of the infield – an third-inning fly out to center field.
Before the focus of the game turned to pitching, though, O-G (8-2, 2-1 Western Buckeye League) sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs in the first inning, then got four more in the second inning.
Tasha Cass had big hits in both innings and Michelle Sdao, who finished the day 3 for 4, singled ahead of her both times. Cass drove in two runs with a triple in the first inning, then brought in two more runs with a second-inning single.
The Titans put pressure on Shawnee (8-4, 2-3 WBL) with aggressive base-running and their hitting.
“We wanted to be little more aggressive,” Ottawa-Glandorf coach Troy Yant said. “The last couple games we’ve had trouble getting runs until the third or fourth inning. So we thought we’d take some chances, try to rattle the defense and put some pressure on them.”
Shawnee co-coach Eric Truxal said O-G’s aggressiveness was something the Indians lacked.
“They came out hitting the ball. We made some mistakes that helped them and little things turned into big things. They were aggressive on the bases and we let them be aggressive,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of seniors. We’re a young team and it showed.”
Ottawa-Glandorf got all eight runs off Shawnee starter Kay Shick, a University of Toledo recruit. Sophomore Alyssa Windau’s work in relief over the last five innings was one of the few bright spots for Shawnee.
Windau allowed one hit the last five innings and struck out seven, including six of the first eight hitters she faced.
“She has only pitched a couple games. That’s as well as she has pitched all year. She’s a sophomore and has a lot of heat. That’s the future there,” Truxal said.