WAPAKONETA — Key ingredients to winning in softball is to get plenty of hits, play solid defense and get good pitching.
Marion Local mixed that all together in Tuesday’s Division IV district semifinal game against Perry at Wapakoneta.
The Flyers pounded 12 hits, did not make an error in the field and received a solid pitching performance from Allison Rosenbeck, en route to an 8-0 victory over the Commodores.
Marion Local (13-14) now awaits the winner of today’s other district semifinal game between Minster and Hardin Northern. The winner of that matchup will face Marion Local on Friday for a district title at 5 p.m. at Wapakoneta.
Rosenbeck went the distance in the circle for the Flyers. She scattered six hits, while striking out six and walking one. For the game, Rosenbeck threw 86 pitches. She had a stretch in the game when she retired 10 consecutive batters.
Seven Marion Local players recorded hits off Perry pitcher Abbie Patton. Kristi Moorman led the way for the Flyers with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate. Moorman also drove in four runs.
Mindy Puthoff and Brianna Bragg both had two hits for Marion Local.
Patton pitched all six innings for Perry (13-8). The senior left-hander struck out four and walked two, while tossing 116 pitches.
Haley King led Perry at the plate, going 2 for 3.
“It was great to put eight runs up on the board,” Marion Local coach Russ Puthoff said. “Going in, we knew we were going to have to hit the ball. It was good to see our girls get on her early and get confidence built up. We had some baserunning mistakes that we’re going to have to work on. But, there’s always something to work on.”
Rosenbeck appeared to get stronger as the game progressed. She retired the side in order in the third, fourth and fifth innings. During that stretch, Rosenbeck threw just 25 pitches.
“Allison was changing some speeds there to keep them off-balance a little bit,” Puthoff said. “To start the game, she had a little bit of trouble controlling the ball, but she settled in and did a nice job for us.”
Marion Local scored two runs in the first inning on three hits. Megan Kuether led off with a double. Puthoff followed with an RBI single. Two batters later, Moorman drove Puthoff in with a single to center field.
The Flyers added two more in the third, on three more hits. Moorman had a double to right that scored both runs.
With Marion Local leading 4-0, heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Flyers then scored four more runs to put the game out of reach. Katie Elking had the big hit for Marion Local, a double to deep left that plated two runs.
“They did a good job of selecting pitches,” Puthoff said of his team. “We like to see them go a little deep in the count, to try to get the good pitch and they were able to do that. They’re just finding a nice groove right now.”
The Flyers managed to get at least one hit in each inning.
“They (Marion Local) hit the ball pretty good,” Perry coach Paul Patton said. “They put the ball in play. I thought, defensively, we could not have played any better. I just think they wanted it a little more than we did.”