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Friday, April 13th, 2007

Former local stars shine on college field

By Gary R. Rasberry
The weather might not be hospitable to softball, but local players have been getting some playing time in.
One player who has started her college career off right is former Celina product Melanie Heyne, now that she's made the move to Lake Land College in Illinois.
Heyne is 9-2 for the Lakers on the season and is currently on a 402/3 inning streak of not allowing an earned run.
In her last outing, Heyne and teammate Hanna Warner combined to no-hit Onley 11-1 last Thursday in Great Rivers Athletic Conference action.
Locals helping out Cougars
St. Francis University has struggled in just being able to play games this season. The Cougars are 5-9 and have not played since splitting a doubleheader with Concordia on April 3.
A number of local players have contributed to the Cougars' cause this season.
Senior Sarah Schmitz (Fort Recovery) has been hitting well for SFU, batting .343 with two doubles and four RBI.
Junior Cassie Steinbrunner (Parkway) has struggled at the plate with a .077 average, but has contributed on the circle, going 1-2 with a 6.09 ERA in leading the Cougars in innings pitched.
Younger sister Tiffany Steinbrunner also has hit and pitched for the Cougars.
Tiffany is 0-2 with an ERA of 15.91, but is batting a healthy .368 with two RBI.
Fellow freshman Kinsey Schumann (Celina) has seen limited time on the hill, throwing seven innings with an ERA of 8.00 and batting .333 in three at-bats.
Siefring keeping Ravens in HCAC lead
Anderson may hold a 12-8 mark currently, but in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Ravens are a perfect 6-0 and winners of 10 straight overall.
Sophomore infielder Julia Siefring (Celina) has been picking up the hot bat for the Ravens this season as her batting average rests at .305 after going 3-for-4 in a doubleheader sweep of Rose-Hulman.
Siefring has two triples and seven RBI for the Ravens.
Hartings solid for Cavaliers
Former Marion Local pitching ace Dana Hartings continues to put up solid numbers for Walsh in Northeast Ohio.
Hartings currently is 6-8 with a 3.10 ERA for the 14-16 Cavaliers. As she did when she starred at Marion Local High School, Hartings has been dominant with the strikeout, getting 96 strikeouts in her 16 appearances.
Williams still slugging for Eagles
Ashland has jumped out to a 20-9 start on the season thanks to some help from 2006 first-team All-GLIAC selection Kelli Williams.
The Celina grad has played in 21 games, starting in 16 of those, and she's batting .255 with four doubles, a home run and eight RBI for the Eagles.
Goubeaux solid for Polar Bears
Ohio Northern has started out strong, opening with a 17-5 record and a 5-1 mark in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Sophomore infielder Danielle Goubeaux (Coldwater) has been a big contributor for the Polar Bears batting .316 with two doubles and four RBI.
Goubeaux also finds herself ranked third on the Polar Bears with six stolen bases.
Ohio Northern will look to play today at Otterbein before coming back home Saturday to face Muskingum.
Adams having cold spell
Dayton sophomore Shay Adams (Celina) has had some struggles at the plate for the Flyers, who are just 5-18 on the season.  
A catcher-outfielder, Adams is batting .179 in 12 games with a double, triple and four RBI.
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