Warren softball clinches share of Region 7 title
Warren clinched at least a share of the Region 7 title with an 18-1 win over visiting Villa Maria on Tuesday.
Six of Warren’s starters celebrated their Senior Day prior to the contest, and continued to celebrate with a seven-run first inning.
Warren would score 11 more in the second inning — capped by Ellie Lobdell’s sixth home run of the season, a grand slam no-doubter to dead center field. She also threw a no-hitter, allowing one unearned run in the top of the first. The senior hurler finished 3-for-3 at the plate with five RBI. Lobdell, plus senior teammates Julia Lobdell, Kiersten Hoffman, Celia Chase, Gracie Wood, and Timber Housler finished a combined 9-for-12 with 13 runs scored and nine RBI.
“I can’t say enough about how much this group of seniors has meant to this program,” said Warren coach Jon Sitler. “They are amazing ballplayers, teammates, and leaders. But, best of all, they are amazing people.
“It’s not over yet,” said Sitler. “I enjoy coaching them every day, and will enjoy watching them take on the rest of the season.”
Sophomore Kelsey Stuart finished 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI, and junior leadoff-hitter Lex Nyquist was 2-for-2, reaching base all three times.
“As much as she means to us, it was important to see Grace Wortman take a few swings as well, after missing time,” said Sitler.
Warren hosts Erie in a non-region game Wednesday before battling region-foe General McLane on the road Thursday.
VILLA MARIA (1)
Vandee cf 2-1-0-0, Hoffman ss 1-0-0-0, Bowen c 1-0-0-1, Hess p 1-0-0-0, Plyler 1b 1-0-0-0, Gionti rf 1-0-0-0, Fehr 3b 1-0-0-0, Dixon 2b 1-0-0-0, No. 11 lf 1-0-0-0, Totals 10-1-0-1.
Nyquist ss 2-2-2-1, J. Lobdell 2b 3-2-2-0, Hoffman c 1-3-1-1, E. Lobdell 3-1-3-5, Madigan cr 0-2-0-0, Chase 1b 1-3-1-0, Wood cf 2-1-1-2, Stuart 3b 3-2-3-4, Wortman dp 2-1-0-0, Housler 2 1-1-1, Irwin lf 0-0-0-0, Totals 19-18-14-14.
Villa Maria 100 – 1 0 0
Warren 7(11)x – 18 14 1
2B – Nyquist (W), Chase (W), Wood (W), Stuart (W) 2; 3B – E. Lobdell (W); HR – E. Lobdell (W), grand slam.
IP H R ER BB SO
E. Lobdell (W, 12-1) 3 0 1 0 1 5
Hess (L) 3 14 18 18 5 2
WARREN 9, HARBOR CREEK 1 (Monday)
HARBORCREEK — The Lady Dragons took advantage of six Harbor Creek errors, and used a balanced offensive attack, en route to a 9-1 win on Monday.
The win gave Warren a sweep of the regular-season Region 7 series.
Ellie Lobdell was brilliant once again, allowing just an unearned run in the first inning, striking out nine and allowing just two hits in her seven innings of work.
Warren scored three runs in the first inning against Harbor Creek pitcher Macy Stoddard. Lex Nyquist led off the game with a walk and, after a Julia Lobdell sac bunt, scored on an error, one of three runs scored for the junior shortstop on the day. Celia Chase also scored on an error and Alix Lytle’s fielder’s choice brought in pinch-runner Ellee Irwin.
The Lady Dragons got the single HC run back in the second. Kiersten Hoffman continued her strong hitting with a double to left that brought in Nyquist.
Kelsey Stuart scored on an error in the fourth and Julia Lobdell’s bunt single scored Katie Madigan to make it 6-1.
Leading 6-1 going into the seventh, Warren tacked on three more runs. Hoffman’s second RBI came on a groundout and Ellie Lobdell followed by hitting her fifth home run of the season — to dead center.
“We are having better at-bats lately, especially later in the game as we adjust,” said Warren coach Jon Sitler. “We were aggressive at the plate and on the bases today.
“Defensively, we weren’t perfect, but Ellie worked her way out of it early on and then took control,” said Sitler.
Jenna Babay and Ali Benim had the Harbor Creek hits.
Warren won the junior varsity game, 9-7, with an 11-hit attack. Alix Lytle and Irwin had three hits each for Warren, with Irwin’s hits all being doubles. Lytle, Irwin, and Rylie Yeager had multiple RBIs each. Stuart had her seventh JV pitching win of the season, striking out 14 and scattering eight hits.
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Nyquist ss 3-3-2-0, J. Lobdell 2b 3-1-1-1, Hoffman c 4-1-1-2, E. Lobdell 3-1-1-2, Irwin cr 0-1-0-0, Chase 1b 4-0-1-1, Wood cf 4-0-1-1, Lytle dp 4-0-0-1, Stuart rf 3-1-0-0, Madigan lf 2-1-0-0, Totals 30-9-7-8
HARBOR CREEK (1)
Rand ss 4-1-0-0, Nielsen lf 4-0-0-0, Babay rf 3-0-1-1, Stoddard p 2-0-0-0, Yonko c 2-0-0-0, Haight 3b 2-0-0-0, Phillips dh 3-0-0-0, Benim cf 3-0-1-0, Przyblski 1b 2-0-0-0, Dailey 1b 0-0-0-0, Totals 25-1-2-1
Warren 310 200 3 – 9 7 2
Harbor Creek 100 000 0 – 1 2 6
2B – Hoffman (W); 3B – Wood (W); HR – E. Lobdell (W)
IP H R ER BB SO
E. Lobdell (W, 11-1) 7 2 1 0 2 9
Stoddard (L) 7 7 9 2 2 2