When you talk to Swanton softball coach Joe Nye you can hear the excitement in his voice.
He should be excited, his Bulldog girls are on a roll.
Braving frigid temps and a brisk wind, the Bulldogs pounded Delta Thursday, 14-1, for their sixth win in seven times out this season.
“We’re 6-1,” exclaimed Nye. “It’s been a while since Swanton softball has been able to say that.
“We are playing good defense, our pitchers Alexis Bergman and Bri Williams are doing a great job. We are getting timely hits, these girls are a great group of kids that have worked very hard and are enjoying playing with one another.
“We’ve got a long way to go but this is what (Bulldog assistant) Mike Eitniear and I have been working on.”
Swanton got on the board right away in the first when Rachel Waszak reached on an error and Jessica Dohm’s RBI single drove her home.
Delta countered on a Bulldog boot, a pair of walks of Williams, and Lydia Yoder’s bounce out to tie the game.
From that point Williams was stellar and the Bulldog offense put together two big innings to blow the game open.
Swanton exploded for a seven-run second, all of those scoring after two were out.
Kara Truckor’s double and a walk put Bulldogs at first and second with one down, and they both moved up on a ground out.
From there, Swanton tallied seven consecutive hits.
Alexis Sarvo singled in two runs and Kylie Ulch’ double brought home a third.
Dohm’s second run-scoring single followed, then Lexie Bergman added a single to put Bulldogs at the corners.
Emma Operacz’ pop fly fell for a hit to score a run and Williams followed that hit with an infield single to plate another and make it 8-1.
Swanton picked up two more in the third on Ulch’ ground out and Dohm’s third RBI single, then put the game on ice, almost literally, in the fourth, on Waszak’s run-scoring three-bagger to right center and Dohm’s fourth hit of the day, a base hit that scored two more.
“It’s real simple, you don’t want to be the team that looks cold,” Nye expressed about playing in the February-like conditions. “We don’t want to be the team huddled up in blankets in the dugout. Our pitcher Bri Williams in the first inning wasn’t feeling it too much out there but when she came in she said ‘coach I got this’. Pitching is tough in these conditions and she handled it very well.”
Meanwhile Williams was throwing blanks at the Panthers (0-7), allowing just Lizzy Ford’s base hit up the middle in the fourth.
The freshman left-hander finished with seven strikeouts on the day to pick up the win in five innings.
Dohm’s four hits and five RBIs paced the Bulldog offense.
Truckor added three more while Waszak and Sarvo chipped in with a pair of hits each in the Bulldogs’ 15 hit attack.
Swanton then blew through a road doubleheader at North Central (2-3) Saturday. They won 22-4 in game one and 21-4 in the second game. This improved their record to 8-1 on the season.
The Bulldogs travel to Evergreen Monday to begin the league season, they are at Lake Tuesday and Archbold Thursday for another NWOAL contest.
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