Swanton softball got back to .500 at 3-3 in league play Thursday with an 8-6 win over Liberty Center in Northwest Ohio Athletic League action.
They also defeated Delta three days earlier. In the non-league, the Bulldogs bested Toledo Christian 15-1 on Tuesday, April 23 and Waite 15-4 on Wednesday. Swanton has a 14-5 record after those wins.
“I believe we were picked last in the league and that has motivated us as coaches and our players,” said Swanton skipper Joe Nye.
Versus the Tigers at Memorial Park, the Bulldogs trailed 6-3 early on before cutting it to 6-5 through four innings. They then tallied three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good, with Swanton freshman pitcher Bre Williams striking out the side in the top of the seventh.
Williams has 25 strikeouts in her three league games pitched.
Catcher Rachel Waszak led the Dogs at the plate with three doubles and a pair of runs batted in. Kylie Ulch was a triple away from hitting for the cycle.
“Kylie Ulch and Rachel Waszak continue on their hot streaks hitting the ball,” remarked Nye.
“Great attitude and spirit with this team,” he added. “No one cares who gets the credit.
“Our kids are doing a lot of great things. Really enjoy coaching them.”
Swanton was scheduled to welcome Wauseon Monday in NWOAL play, then host Start today before a game at Southview on Saturday.
Sectional draws were announced Sunday with Swanton getting the sixth seed in the Division III, Maumee District. They open at home, welcoming eighth-seeded Liberty Center Monday, May 6 at 5 p.m in a sectional semifinal.
The winner will get fourth-seeded Genoa on the road Thursday, May 9 for a sectional championship.
Evergreen is seeded fifth in the same district. They are also at home to start, welcoming No. 10 seed Montpelier May 6 at 5 p.m. in a sectional semifinal. If victorious, the Vikings will travel to Archbold on May 9.