Balanced Warren attack leads to 10th straight victory
Great pitching and timely hitting has been a recipe for success for Warren softball, and it was again on Saturday against Franklin.
Kelsey Stuart, Lex Nyquist and Celia Chase all came up with key hits against Franklin ace Gracie Stryffeler, and Ellie Lobdell was once again brilliant on the mound in a 6-2 victory, the 10th in a row for the Lady Dragons since a season-opening loss to McDowell.
Kiersten Hoffman helped Warren (10-1) open the scoring after a 2-out double in the first inning, scoring on an error.
Stryffeler worked around a Stuart single in the second, one of three hits on the day for the sophomore, but was unable to escape damage in the third, with Chase’s 2-out single driving in Julia Lobdell to make it 2-0.
Alix Lytle and Stuart singled in the fourth, and, with one out, Nyquist put together her third-consecutive quality at-bat, this one resulting in a 2-run single that brought in courtesy runner Katie Madigan and Stuart.
Lobdell, meanwhile, was dialed in.
She faced just one over the minimum over the first five innings, striking out the side in both the third and fourth innings.
Stuart put a cap on her big day at the plate in the fifth, splitting the gap with a double that plated Ellee Irwin and Gracie Wood to make it 6-0.
Stryffeler got the Lady Knights on the board in the sixth, connecting on a 2-run single, but that was it for Franklin as Lobdell shut the door.
Julia Lobdell also had a multi-hit day with a pair of singles, while Ellie Lobdell struck out 12 in her seven innings of work.
“Franklin is a quality opponent with a quality pitcher, so it was nice to string together better at-bats the second game against her,” said Warren coach Jon Sitler. “Ellie and Kiersten are working very well together, and it was nice to see Kelsey break out. I was also proud of the hustle in the outfield, doing the little things necessary to help us win.”
Warren is at Harbor Creek for a Region 7 showdown on Monday, and then hosts Villa for Senior Day on Tuesday.
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Hawke 2-1-1-0, Fitzgerald ss 3-1-1-0, Stryffeler p 3-0-2-2, Hart rf 3-0-0-0, Atwell 2b 3-0-0-0, Basher 1b 3-0-0-0, Amsler lf 3-0-0-0, Janidid 3b 2-0-0-0, Macvay cf 2-0-0-0, Totals 24-2-4-2
Nyquist ss 4-0-1-2, J. Lobdell 2b 4-1-2-0, Hoffman c 4-1-1-0, E. Lobdell 4-0-1-0, Irwin cr 0-1-0-0, Chase 1b 3-0-1-1, Wood cf 3-1-1-0, Lytle dp 3-0-1-0, Madigan lf-flex 0-1-0-0, Stuart rf 3-1-3-2, Neureiter 3b 2-0-0-0, Wortman ph 1-0-0-0, Totals 30-6-11-5
Franklin 000 002 0 – 2
Warren 101 210 x – 6
2B – Hoffman (W), Stuart (W)
Stryffeler 6 11 6 5 0 8
E. Lobdell (W, 10-1) 7 4 2 2 0 12