TOLEDO – Pitching is such an important aspect in the game of softball.
Swanton got a solid pitching performance from Olivia Bergman on one side, and took advantage of no less than 14 walks and six hit batters to help compile a 26-1 win over Toledo Bowsher at Scott Park Saturday.
The elements got the better of the second game as the contest against Toledo Start was cancelled.
Swanton took a 2-0 first inning lead on a couple base on balls, a sacrifice, a wild pitch that scored one run, and Olivia Williams’ ringing single to left that scored another.
After Bergman pitched around Kenzi Allen’s triple in the bottom of the inning to keep the Rebels off the board, the Bulldogs hung a 10 spot on just four hits in the second.
Jessica Dohm led off with a single down the left field line then a walk, a hit batter and a run scoring error followed, keeping the bases loaded with no outs.
Bergman’s solid single to left center scored a run and a dropped pop up in short left brought home another.
Three straight bases loaded walks followed before Faith Crowe marked a run with an infield single, and Kailey Brownfield’s double got the eighth run of the frame home.
Two more came in on two straight errors to make it 12-0.
Swanton tacked on four more in the third with Dohm’s RBI single and Brownfield’s two-run double being the key blows.
After the Rebels broke up the shutout in the bottom of the inning with an unearned run, Swanton got three in the fourth on Katelyn Merritt’s double and Brownfield’s base hit.
The Bulldogs finished the game in the fifth but not before picking up seven on a bevy of walks that set up Kylie Ulch’ two-run double and Crowe’s two-run single.
Bergman struck out six, walked two and allowed only three hits in her five innings.
Offensively, the Bulldogs’ hitter in the nine hole did the most damage as Brownfield got three of Swanton’s 12 hits to drive in four runs while reaching twice more on hit by pitches.
“We’ve got four sophomores in the lineup,” explained Bulldog veteran coach Joe Nye. “We had three freshmen out there today also. We have kids who know the game now and we feel really good about things right now at this point.”
Swanton’s win moved them to 2-0 in 2018.
The Bulldogs now host Ottawa Hills Wednesday, then North Central in a doubleheader Saturday.
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