On a brisk and windy day to start the softball season Saturday, Swanton took down Toledo Woodward 17-0 in the first game, then 19-0 in the second game of a doubleheader at Swanton. Both games ended in the middle of the fifth inning in light of the OHSAA run rule.
In the first game, the Bulldogs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly from Kylie Ulch that scored Rachel Waszak.
The Polar Bears struggled to muster any offense against Bulldog pitcher Olivia Bergman, as she struck out the side in the top of the second.
Swanton’s Kailey Brownfield singled to begin the next half inning, then she stole second and made it to third on a ball in the dirt, eventually coming home on a base hit. A wild pitch brought in another run to make the score 3-0.
Later in the inning, both Olivia Williams and Waszak would be hit by pitches. A passed ball allowed Waszak to come around and score, while a double from Ulch plated Williams for a 5-0 Swanton lead.
A ground out from Jessica Dohm scored Ulch, giving the Dogs a 6-0 advantage after two.
Swanton left nothing to chance with an 11-run bottom of the third. With the bases loaded and no outs recorded, Woodward shortstop Kayla Johnson attempted to go to second on a ball hit by Waszak, however, no one was covering the bag and a run scored on the play.
A wild pitch plated another run, and a two-run double from Williams made it 10-0. The Dogs added seven more runs on four more hits and a pair of Polar Bear errors to equal the final tally.
Olivia Bergman got the win in the circle in game one.
Her twin sister, Alexis Bergman, was victorious in game two. She surrendered a hit but struck out two, allowing no runs in the top of the first.
The Dogs followed with 10 runs in the home half of the inning. Picking up RBIs for Swanton were Brownfield, Gaby Kosier, Amy Lawson, Dohm, Ulch, Waszak, Bailey Arnold and Faith Crow.
They added nine more runs over the course of the game, including six in the fourth, to take care of the Polar Bears.
“The Bergman twins have worked really hard and have improved their pitching,” said Swanton coach Joe Nye on the game. “I liked the way the girls supported one another. Great team unity. Two freshmen and four sophomores started. They all played well, as did the three seniors.”
Swanton is at Toledo Start Tuesday, then hosts Toledo Rogers on Thursday. Both games are slated to begin at 5 p.m.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010