The Galion fast-pitch softball team batted around and scored eight runs against the Bucyrus in the fifth inning to help them win in six innings by a score of 15-4.
Before the big fifth inning, the Lady Tigers only had a 2-1 lead over the Lady Redman.
Then it happened when No. 9 batter Sophie Carson started things off with a single. The flood gates opened and the Lady Tigers had seven hits in nine batters and ended their half of the inning with a 10-1 lead.
Carson went 3-3, while Alexis Link 4-4 3-runs batted in; Aleena Truman 3-4, 1-RBI; Dusty Thomas 3-4; and Jaime Ehrman 3-5, were hot from the plate for the Tigers. Thomas went 3-4, drove in one and scored two runs.
Bucyrus did add three runs in their half of the fifth inning with Camille Roski, Lauren Kohler and Toni Zeigler scoring to make it 10-3, keeping Bucyrus alive for another inning.
In the top of the sixth, Galion rallied again for another five runs to push the score to 15-4. Three batters up and three batters down for Bucyrus and the game was over.
“We are a very athletic team, we are just not very smart as a softball team yet. I am not down on them, but I am down on the lack of communication. Those are the things we have to get better at, and we will,” Bucyrus head coach Pudge Hargis said.
Additionally, the game changed Galion head coach Doug Hunt’s perception of the team’s strengths.
“If you would have asked me our strengths before this contest, I would have said our defense, but our hitting is contagious and that is what we saw there,” he said.
Galion’s pitcher Emily Sedmak, a freshman, had a big day with only giving up four runs on six hits. She struck out and walked two batters each.
“As a freshman we were curious as to how good she was going to be this year, and she showed she can compete,” Hunt said.
Adding to that was pitching coach Bethany Schaffner: “We were really expecting Emily to come in and pitch a few innings for us, but I was really impressed that she pitched six really strong innings…
“She had a lot of good movement on her ball and a lot of good speed, so we are real excited to keep allowing her to develop through this season.”
“Our girls came in today really focused and they stayed focused throughout the game,” Hunt said.
Galion falls to Cardington
The Galion Tigers (1-1) dropped a 9-0 decision to Cardington-Lincoln at Galion, Ohio on Monday.
Savannah Chalfant recorded the win for Cardington-Lincoln . She tossed 7 innings of shutout ball. Chalfant struck out 14, walked two and gave up two hits.
Emily Sedmak pitching for the Galion Tigers, took the loss. She allowed nine runs in 6 1/3 innings, walked three and struck out three. Gabby Kaple and Aleena Truman each recorded a hit in the losing effort. The Lady Tigers held Cardington to 1 run in 5 of the 7 innings, but gave up 5 runs in the 3rd and 3 runs in the 7th.
Cardington-Lincoln (26-4) last year, didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring five runs in the third inning when it scored on an RBI double by Dakota Crum and a three-run home run by Chalfant.
Galion will travel to play River Valley on Wednesday.
Information submitted by Doug Hunt was used in this article.
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