Edison Zaps Shelby From Tourney Play

Daily Globe Sports Editor

ATTICA - Shelby's softball campaign ended Wednesday evening with a 9-1 loss to state-ranked Edison during Division II District semifinal action at Seneca East High School.

The Chargers, ranked seventh in the latest state poll, jumped on the Lady Whippets for two first-inning runs and rode the 14-strikeout pitching of Erica Reber to their 18th victory in 23 outings.

Reber limited the SHS bats to four hits, two of them by Emily Gove.

Edison chased Shelby freshman Hayley Kanzig with the bases-loaded and none out in the second inning. Hampered by a hamstring injury, according to red and gray coach Tim Swigart, Kanzig yielded three runs on two hits with three walks and three hit batters.

"Hayley stretched her hamstring right before the Ontario game (sectional final) and had it wrapped tight, but she had no control whatsoever," said Swigart as his club bowed out with a 19-9 record. "She's only a freshman, has good stuff and was probably a bit nervous today. We'll have her for three more years."

Actually, Swigart will return all his starters next spring.

Shelby had only two seniors - Annie Williams and Morgan Sutter. Williams missed the season due to rehab from fall knee surgery and Sutter was the team's emotional leader, indicated the coach.

Edison grabbed a 2-0 lead when Emily Weyer was hit by a pitch and Laura Wolf singled. Gabrielle Stoll hammered a double into the left-center gap to score both runners. A walk and a hit batter loaded the bases with none out.

The Chargers were a hit away from a huge inning, but Whippet second baseman Raychel Sorgenfrei speared a line drive and fired a throw to Gove at third base for the double play. A groundout ended the inning with the score remaining at 2-0.

A groundout by Stoll scored a run as Edison went up 3-0 in the second.

Shelby had a chance to cut into the deficit in the fourth inning, but left runners at second and third base.

The Chargers put the game away with six runs in the bottom of the fifth by sending 10 batters to the plate against Whippet reliever Allie Uplinger. In five innings of relief she gave up six runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

Stoll greeted Uplinger's first pitch of inning No. 5 by hitting a bomb over the left-centerfield fence. Edison would pick up six more hits in the inning to build a 9-0 lead.

SHS broke up Reber's shutout bid in the sixth when Gove dropped in a one-out single and raced around the bases on Camryn Zehner's double into the gap.

One of the keys for Edison was keeping Shelby leadoff batter Kenna Goth off the basepaths and Reber retired her via the strikeout route three times.

"Kenna is our key player and she had a terrible day. We usually feed off of her. How Kenna plays is how we play. When we can't get her on base, that hurts," remarked Swigart of his sophomore shortstop, who was hitting .530 with 61 stolen bases.

After a slow start in early April, the Whippets won 14 of 16 games and finished second in the Northern Ohio League.

"We had a good season and all we can do is build from that," said Swigart.

"Edison played well. They deserved to win," said the SHS coach.

G. Stoll, Hailey Stoll and Jill Danda all had two hits for the winners.

The Chargers will square off with NOL champion Bellevue in the district final Friday at Seneca East.

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