The great thing about softball is that after a bad day, there is always a game tomorrow.
Joe Nye’s Swanton Bulldogs took advantage of just that scenario by rebounding from a 12-0 loss to Wauseon the day before, by rolling over Lake in a 17-7 six-inning affair at Swanton Tuesday.
“What a great comeback after yesterday,” Nye expressed. “Yesterday we struck out 14 times (in a five inning loss) against Wauseon and today, our young kids, the freshmen, sophomores came through, and they played well on defense.”
“Senior leadership with Olivia Williams, Haley Nelson, Katelyn Merritt, I mean the comeback today, I just can’t say enough about it.”
After Kisten Zink missiled a run-scoring double off the left-center field wall in the first, Swanton immediately knotted the score on Nelson’s double and Williams’ two-out run-scoring single up the middle.
The Bulldogs took the lead for good in the second.
Merritt’s one-out double started the rally, and Jessica Dohm followed with an infield single.
An error on Kailey Brownfield’s grounder scored the go-ahead run, then Nelson followed with a run-scoring single and Rachel Waszak scored two more with a double into the right-center field gap to make it 5-1.
Waszak scored on a wild pitch for the inning’s fifth tally.
Lake came back with three in the third keyed by Kenzie Jackson’s two-out run-scoring single, but Swanton responded with four in the fourth, the big blow Alexis Bergman’s two out, two strike, two run single to boost the Bulldogs lead to 10-4.
Kylie Ulch’s high fly two-run homer in the fifth increased the Bulldogs lead to a comfortable 12-4.
Again Lake rallied in the sixth as Tatum Miller’s two-run single spurred a three-run inning to slice the Swanton lead to 12-7, but the Bulldogs put the game away in the bottom of the inning without a hit. They scored five times on a pair of walks and four Lake errors.
“I’m really proud of them,” Nye said of his team. “We attacked the ball at the plate. In the fifth we had 0-2 and three straight hitters and they got on base. I knew that yesterday wasn’t how this was going to go this year for us.
“Wauseon is definitely good, but Lake is traditionally good and we took it to them today.”
The Bulldogs tallied 13 hits on the day, three from Dohm and two each from Nelson, Ulch, Williams and Merritt.
Wauseon stymies Swanton
Wauseon jumped on top of Swanton early, scoring four runs in the first, five in the second and three in the third as the Lady Indians opened Northwest Ohio Athletic League softball play with a 12-0 five-inning whitewashing of the Bulldogs Monday.
The Indians were aggressive on the bases once they got on. A one-out error and walk put two runners on, and they moved around where Christina Norman drove them both in with a single. Norman scored on a hit by Juli Spadafore, and before the inning ended, Spadafore crossed the plate on an error.
The second inning was the big inning for Wauseon. A single and wild pitch put Chelsie Raabe in position for Payton Albright, who singled in a run. Ally Tefft added a two-run double, plus Norman and Macee Schang drove in runs for a five-run second.
Reagan Spadafore added a two-run hit in the third to break the game open.
Wauseon finished with 11 hits and seven different players scored a run. Norman, Juli Spadafore, Schang and Albright all had two hits each for the Indians.
Juli Spadafore was solid in the circle. She held the Bulldogs to one hit and fanned 14.
Randy Roberts contributed to this article