BATH TOWNSHIP ‚?? Even snowflakes couldn‚??t cool off the Bath bats.
The Wildkittens just kept hitting the ball.
And once they had the pitching and defense to go with it, they were able to come away with a split for the day.
Archbold knocked off Bath 12-9 in eight innings in the first game, but Bath came back with an 11-1, five-inning win over Findlay in the third game of the day.
Archbold (12-1) went 2-0 on the day when it rolled past Findlay 9-2. Bath (11-1) finished 1-1 for the day, while Findlay (1-8) went 0-2.
The three games were played in brisk high 30-degree temperature with a 25 mph wind. Snowflakes made a few appearances to the ‚??delight‚?Ě of the parka and blanket-wearing crowd.
The Wildkittens finished the day with 20 runs on 25 hits. Leading the way was sophomore catcher Julia Miller, who went 6 for 8 with a double, a home run and five RBIs.
‚??Julia has had a super solid season and is very aggressive at the plate,‚?Ě Bath coach Laura Ford said. ‚??She hit the ball well last year, but there‚??s a big difference between last year and this year and I think it‚??s confidence.‚?Ě
In the second game, Bath‚??s Camille Martin fired a two-hitter against Findlay. She went five innings and gave up one run, earned, on two hits. She struck out seven and walked one.
Martin carried a no-hitter into the fourth. Then, after getting the first two hitters in the fourth, Findlay catcher Shelby Roether hit a home run to left.
‚??This is her (Martin‚??s) third or fourth start and this was by far her best,‚?Ě Ford said. ‚??Her pitches were moving and she did a good job staying ahead of batters.‚?Ě
Martin said, ‚??It‚??s difficult pitching in the cold, but you have to overcome that. I kept sticking my hand in my back pocket getting it warm.‚?Ě
Martin threw 70 pitches, 45 for strikes.
Miller went 3 for 3 with an RBI in the second game, while Alyssa Manley was 2 for 3. Miller‚??s double went to right, while her fifth home run of the year flew over the left-field fence.
‚??I was just trying to put it in play and help my team out,‚?Ě Miller said. ‚??Coach Ford stresses going with this outside pitches.‚?Ě
Bath scored four in the first, then added four more in the second to pull out to an 8-0 lead.
In Bath‚??s first game, the Wildkittens made three errors behind staff ace Kimmy Reynolds (9-1), who didn‚??t have her best control.
Reynolds went eight innings and gave up 12 run, seven earned, on nine hits. She struck out 10 and walked seven. Martin threw 169 pitches, 103 for strikes.
Archbold did plenty of slugging of its own. Becca Gerig went 2 for 4 with a triple, a home run and four RBIs.
Bath held a 9-8 lead entering the seventh. Archbold tied the game at 9 when Jessie Fidler hit a solo home run to left with one out in the seventh.
In the eighth with one out, Archbold leadoff slap hitter Natalie Beck saw the Bath outfield cheating way in. She drilled a shot over the left fielder‚??s head for a triple. Reynolds then walked Gerig and C.J. Wyse to load the bases.
Blue Streaks pitcher Hanna Allison hit a three-run double to right-center field to give Archbold the lead to stay 12-9 in the eighth.
Julia Miller was 3 for 5 with a home run and four RBIs. Ellie Dackin went 3 for 5 and was 4 for 7 on the day. Heather Miller and Alyssa Manley were both 2 for 5.
Getting back on track after the Wildkittens‚?? first loss of the year was a big plus.
‚??We regrouped after the first one,‚?Ě Ford said. ‚??That‚??s the sign of a good team, picking yourself up after you fall. ‚?Ľ That break in between games, we just refocused and we were ready.‚?Ě
Bath softball splits