Softball: St. Marys, Shawnee to play for district title in Division II


Each starts off strong in semifinal victories

By Jim Naveau - jnaveau@limanews.com



St. Mary’s Karsyn McGlothen pitches during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH. See more softball photos at LimaScores.com.

St. Mary’s Karsyn McGlothen pitches during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH. See more softball photos at LimaScores.com.


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Shawnee’s Payton Modschiedler slides safely into third base against Bryan’s Scout Smith during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH.

Shawnee’s Payton Modschiedler slides safely into third base against Bryan’s Scout Smith during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Bath’s Abbie Dackin attempts to tag St. Marys’ Kelsey Poppe during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH.


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Shawnee’s Kaylee Grant pitches during a Thursday Division II district semifinal against Bryan at UNOH.


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Bath’s Dylan Grigsby bats during a Thursday Division II district semifinal against St. Marys at UNOH.


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Shawnee’s Allie Hutchins tags Bryan’s Breanna Long during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH.


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Once St. Marys and Shawnee took the lead they never looked back.

The two Western Buckeye League teams advanced to Saturday’s Division II softball district championship game at UNOH with semifinal wins on Thursday in which they each scored three runs in the top of the first inning.

No. 5 seed St. Marys defeated No. 1 seed Bath 4-3 and No. 3 seed Shawnee overwhelmed No. 2 seed Bryan 12-4 in the second semifinal game at UNOH.

The Bath-St. Marys game was a rematch of a regular-season game in which the Wildkittens won 1-0 in eight innings.

This time the Roughriders got more hitting to go with the pitching of Karsyn McGlothen, with the St. Marys pitcher delivering the biggest shot herself with a two-run home run in the first inning.

“This is really big for us because Bath has always been one of our biggest games, one of our biggest rivals,” McGlothen said. “They are always really good so this feels good.”

St. Marys coach Kendra Solomon said, “We wanted that second chance against these guys. I respect Bath and that program and I always have since I played. It just means a lot to see these girls put it together and put their heart into it and make something happen today.”

St. Marys leadoff hitter Kiley Tennant walked to start the game, moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Emma Birt and scored on a double by Renee Sweigert. The next batter, McGlothen, launched a home run over the centerfield fence for a 3-0 lead.

“It’s nice to set the tone from the get-go. But it was a battle back and forth,” Solomon said.

Bath answered with a run in the bottom of the first inning when Chandler Clark walked, moved up on a ground ball and scored on a single by Dylan Grigsby.

The Wildkittens cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth inning when Grigsby singled and pinch runner Claire Armentrout scored on a double by Ruby Bolon.

St. Marys got what would be the winning run in the sixth inning when McGlothen doubled and pinch runner Ashlyn Rush scored on a throwing error.

Bath cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh when Chandler Clark tripled and scored on a wild pitch with one out. But McGlothen got back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.

“We just didn’t get in a rhythm. They had a super strong first inning,” Bath coach Britt Lauck said. “We could have come back but we had some errors. But hats off to St. Marys.

“Karsyn is a really good pitcher. She deserves all the respect. You have to try to adjust to her and get her up in the count. She’s had a really good year.”

McGlothen allowed six hits, struck out five and walked two. “She (McGlothen) knows she can battle. I think throughout the season she has just gotten that confidence that no matter who she is pitching against she can battle right with them,” Solomon said.

Bath finished 19-6. St. Marys is 14-10.

Shawnee 12, Bryan 4

The Indians had 19 hits, led by Payton Modschiedler with four hits and five RBIs, Kayla Bishop with four hits and Shalon McNeal with three hits.

“I hope we can keep that going. I liked our intensity,” Shawnee coach Eric Truxal said.

Bryan pitcher Addie Arnold came into the game with a 19-1 record and 204 strikeouts in 131 innings this season.

But Shawnee scored eight runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings before she was replaced by Alexandra Vreeland and moved to first base for the rest of the game. The Indians’ hitters were patient, often going deep into the count.

“We knew she had a nice little rise ball so anything above the hands we were laying off,” Truxal said. “We knew she liked to work outside so we were protecting outside.”

Shawnee took control of the game with its three runs in the top of the first. Modschiedler’s three-run triple was the big hit in the inning.

“We’ve been the underdog all year. Nobody expected us to be any good in the league or anywhere else,” Truxal said. “We’ve used that to our advantage, I hope. We’re on a roll.”

Shawnee pitcher Kaylee Grant got a complete game win. She allowed eight hits, struck out seven and walked one.

St. Mary’s Karsyn McGlothen pitches during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH. See more softball photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/05/web1_Bath-vs-SM-RP-05-1.jpgSt. Mary’s Karsyn McGlothen pitches during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH. See more softball photos at LimaScores.com. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Payton Modschiedler slides safely into third base against Bryan’s Scout Smith during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/05/web1_Shawnee-vs-Bryan-RP-02-1.jpgShawnee’s Payton Modschiedler slides safely into third base against Bryan’s Scout Smith during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Bath’s Abbie Dackin attempts to tag St. Marys’ Kelsey Poppe during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/05/web1_Bath-vs-SM-RP-03-1.jpgBath’s Abbie Dackin attempts to tag St. Marys’ Kelsey Poppe during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Kaylee Grant pitches during a Thursday Division II district semifinal against Bryan at UNOH.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/05/web1_Shawnee-vs-Bryan-RP-03-1.jpgShawnee’s Kaylee Grant pitches during a Thursday Division II district semifinal against Bryan at UNOH. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Bath’s Dylan Grigsby bats during a Thursday Division II district semifinal against St. Marys at UNOH.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/05/web1_Bath-vs-SM-RP-04-1.jpgBath’s Dylan Grigsby bats during a Thursday Division II district semifinal against St. Marys at UNOH. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Shawnee’s Allie Hutchins tags Bryan’s Breanna Long during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/05/web1_Shawnee-vs-Bryan-RP-01-1.jpgShawnee’s Allie Hutchins tags Bryan’s Breanna Long during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Each starts off strong in semifinal victories

By Jim Naveau

jnaveau@limanews.com

Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.

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