Softball: Bath prevents St. Marys repeat


Wildkittens to play Bryan for regional spot

By Jim Naveau - [email protected]



Bath’s Claire Armentrout slides safely into third base before St. Marys’ Ashlyn Ross can apply the tag during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH. See more high school sports photos at LimaScores.com.

Bath’s Claire Armentrout slides safely into third base before St. Marys’ Ashlyn Ross can apply the tag during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH. See more high school sports photos at LimaScores.com.


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Elida’s Cadence Miller safely slides into the base against Bryan’s Caitlyn DeWitt during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH.

Elida’s Cadence Miller safely slides into the base against Bryan’s Caitlyn DeWitt during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

St. Mary’s Azaia Murphy safely slides into third base against Bath’s Dylan Grigsby during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH.


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Elida’s Carly Chiles bats during a Thursday Division II district semifinal against Bryan at UNOH.


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Bath’s Claire Foust slides safely into home plate against St. Marys’ Karsyn McGlothen during a Thursday Division II district semifinal 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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Winning the game and getting to play for a district championship on Saturday was the best part of an 11-1 win over St. Marys in a Division II district semifinal at UNOH on Thursday for Bath’s softball team.

But who the Wildkittens did it against was big, too.

A year ago, Bath’s season ended on the same UNOH field when St. Marys won 4-3 in a district semifinal. Then the Roughriders won this year’s regular-season match-up 3-1 at Bath.

The common denominator in both those games was St. Marys pitcher Karsyn McGlothen, who threw complete game wins and also launched a game-changing home run in last year’s tournament game.

So, a different outcome required a different strategy for Thursday’s game.

The Wildkittens came out bunting, bunted some more and continued bunting. At least five of their 12 hits never left the infield. And there other bunts, like a sacrifice, and an unsuccessful bunt attempt thrown in.

“We worked on hitting a lot because Karsyn is an amazing pitcher, the Player of the Year in the WBL, and we’ve struggled with her the last two times we’ve seen her. We just really worked on trying to be disciplined, trying to trust our strike zone and trying to leave the high ones go and make her come back in the strike zone,” Bath coach Britt Lauck said.

“We worked a ton on bunting in case we weren’t going to be able to hit her, which we had to use to get going. We had a couple hits but what got our runners in scoring position was our bunting,” she said.

Rachel Clark and Claire Armentrout had three hits and Elena Oliver and Olivia Foster had two hits against McGlothen, who limited Bath to three hits in the Roughriders’ regular-season win. Clark, Armentrout and Dylan Grigsby drove in two runs.

Bath also walked McGlothen intentionally the two times she came to the plate with the game still in doubt.

“We thought if we took the bat out of her hand we’d have a better chance and it worked. We didn’t want her to change the game. We tried to take her out of it because she’s that good,” Lauck said.

Grigsby, who limited St. Marys to three hits in a complete game win, said, “It feels really wonderful, especially with this team. “Last year they beat us in the tournament and they beat us in the regular season game. But we just had full confidence in ourselves to come out and come out with the win.”

“We just told ourselves we can hit and we had all the confidence in the world we could hit her,” she said.

Clark said, “It seemed like they always knocked us out in tournaments. I play basketball and they knocked us out there, too. It really motivated us to come out and to play our game.”

Bath (14-13) will play Bryan (15-6) on Saturday for the UNOH district championship. Bryan beat Elida 4-3 in Thursday’s other semifinal.

“We’ve had our ups and downs this season but throughout it all we just kept telling ourselves to keep pushing, to keep playing our game and keep doing what we love,” Grigsby said.

Bryan 4, Elida 3

Elida built a 3-0 lead after 4 ½ innings but saw it melt away when Bryan scored its first run in the bottom of the fifth inning, then got three runs in the sixth inning.

Bryan freshman Caitlyn DeWitt delivered the game-winning hit with a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth. DeWitt went 3 for 3 and had half of Bryan’s six hits.

Elida went ahead 2-0 in the fourth inning when Eva Irons singled, Cadence Miller scored her with a triple and Carly Chiles’ sacrifice fly brought Miller home.

The Bulldogs raised their lead to 3-0 in the fifth inning on two Bryan errors, a walk and a bunt single by Irons, who went 3 for 4. Miller, Kylie Biglow and Lacie Moening all had two hits.

Elida finished its season 15-8.

Bath’s Claire Armentrout slides safely into third base before St. Marys’ Ashlyn Ross can apply the tag during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH. See more high school sports photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Bath-vs-SM-SB-RP-03-1.jpgBath’s Claire Armentrout slides safely into third base before St. Marys’ Ashlyn Ross can apply the tag during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH. See more high school sports photos at LimaScores.com. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Elida’s Cadence Miller safely slides into the base against Bryan’s Caitlyn DeWitt during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Elida-SB-RP-05-1.jpgElida’s Cadence Miller safely slides into the base against Bryan’s Caitlyn DeWitt during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
St. Mary’s Azaia Murphy safely slides into third base against Bath’s Dylan Grigsby during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Bath-vs-SM-SB-RP-04-1.jpgSt. Mary’s Azaia Murphy safely slides into third base against Bath’s Dylan Grigsby during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Elida’s Carly Chiles bats during a Thursday Division II district semifinal against Bryan at UNOH.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Elida-SB-RP-06-1.jpgElida’s Carly Chiles bats during a Thursday Division II district semifinal against Bryan at UNOH. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Bath’s Claire Foust slides safely into home plate against St. Marys’ Karsyn McGlothen during a Thursday Division II district semifinal at UNOH.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_Bath-vs-SM-SB-RP-02-1.jpgBath’s Claire Foust slides safely into home plate against St. Marys’ Karsyn McGlothen during a Thursday Division II district semifinal 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/54/2022/05/web1_Bath-vs-SM-SB-RP-05-1.jpgBath’s Dylan Grigsby bats during a Thursday Division II district semifinal against St. Marys at UNOH. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Wildkittens to play Bryan for regional spot

By Jim Naveau

[email protected]

Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.

Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.

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