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03-31-04 Local teams starting the season hot

By From staff reports
newsroom@dailystandard.com

The Redskins lost pitching ace Sarah Poling to graduation but found a new one in Lindsey Thobe. Thobe carried a no-hitter into the sixth but gave up two singles before retiring the side to end the game. Thobe walked just two and struck out four for the win.
   Megan Siefring had the hot bat for the Redskins, going 2-for-4 with a home run, double and three runs batted in to pace the slugging attack.
   Brenda Hemmelgarn and Lisa Uhlenhake each added two hits with Hemmelgarn adding two RBI.
   St. Henry opens the home schedule on Thursday when Shawnee comes to town.
   
   St. Henry 000 244 — 10 11 1
   Fairlawn 000 000 — 0 2 3
   WP — Thobe; LP — Patrick
   2B — SH: Siefring.
   3B — SH: Elking
   HR — SH — Siefring.
   Record: St. Henry (1-0)
    Steinbrunner fires gem in lidlifter
   Parkway’s Cassie Steinbrunner kicked off the season right on Monday, allowing just one single as the Panthers beat Spencerville 1-0.
   Steinbrunner faced the minimum number of Bearcats, striking out 13 and not walking a batter to get the win.
   Hillary Frank went 2-for-3, bringing home the only run of the day in the fifth inning.
   Parkway returns to action on Thursday at Mendon against Elida.
   
   Parkway 000 010 0 — 1 7 0
   Spencerville 000 000 0 — 0 1 0
   WP — Steinbrunner.
   Record: Parkway (1-0) BASEBALL Panthers get Stachler first win
   A fine pitching performance by Dusty Zizelman allowed Parkway to get new head coach Eric Stachler his first win as skipper in a 2-1 victory over Spencerville on Tuesday at Don Black Field.
   Zizelman allowed just one Bearcat hit and an unearned run as Parkway committed four errors in the game. Zizelman struck out 10 and walked three along the way.
   Steve Hays came up big at the plate, going 2-or-3 with a double. Hays’ hit in the fifth inning scored Jason Kennedy to put the Panthers up for good. Tyler Painter had the other RBI.
   Parkway travels to Eastview Park on Thursday to face Bruce Boley’s Celina Bulldogs.
   
   Spencerville 001 000 0 — 1 1 1
   Parkway 100 010 x — 2 6 4
   WP — Zizleman; LP — Mull
   2B — P: Hays.
   Record: Parkway (1-0). Cavaliers rough up Redskins
   Steve Wenning pitched five innings of hitless baseball as Coldwater collected 19 hits in beating Fort Loramie 10-2 in a game that had to be moved to Shelby County due to field conditions.
   Wenning finally gave up a hit in the sixth inning and left after 5 1/3 innings, walking none and striking out seven along the way. Chad Geier came in to close the door for the rest of the game.
   Geier came up big at the plate as well, going 4-for-4 with a double. Trent Gerlach had a single, double and home run for Coldwater to go with three RBI. Dusty Ahrens added three hits.
   Coldwater travels to Shawnee on Thursday and Fort Jennings of Friday before opening the home slate on Saturday with a 1 p.m twinbill against Elida.
   
   Coldwater 202 131 1 — 10 19 1
   Fort Loramie 000 002 0 — 2 2 2
   WP — Wenning; LP — Hoehne
   2B — CW: Geier, Ahrens, Gerlach.
   HR — CW: Gerlach.
   Record: Coldwater (1-0)
    St. Henry loses battle of Redskins
   If there’s any consolation for St. Henry coach John Dorner, his team lost to Wapakoneta to start the season last year and ended up state champions.
   St. Henry enjoyed a pitching duel for the first four innings before getting hit hard in the last three as Wapakoneta won 9-0 at Wally Post Athletic Complex.
   For the first four innings, St. Henry’s Andy Dues and Wapakoneta’s Josh Varno kept each other scorless. Dues was up to nearly 60 pitches after the fourth and Andrew Huelsman came in. Wapak pounced and scored five runs of Huelsman in just 2/3 of an inning on four walks and one hit.
   Varno, meanwhile, went six innings allowing just one hit to Rick Bergman and two other baserunners. Only one St. Henry baserunner made it to second base in the game.
   Wapakoneta pounded out 11 hits and five doubles in the game.
   St. Henry travels to St. Marys on Thursday.
   Wapak 000 053 1 — 9 11 0
   St. Henry 000 000 0 — 0 1 0
   WP — Varno; LP — Huelsman
   2B — W: Freytag 2, Fuerst, Baightel, Garman.
   Records: Wapak (1-0); St. Henry (0-1). Wildcats win pitchers’ duel
   Minster’s Scott Sherman and Russia’s Joel Puthoff pitched shutout baseball for six innings before Minster got a run in the bottom of the seventh to take a 1-0 win at Hanover Street Park on Tuesday to get their first win of the year.
   The defending Division IV state runners-up and the Raiders turned up the excitment in the seventh inning as each team put runners in scoring position.
   Puthoff led off the inning with the lone Russia hit of the game, a double. After a walk and an intentional walk, Sherman struck out the next two batters before the third lined out hard to first base to end the inning.
   Minster started the bottom of the seventh with John Schmitmeyer getting hit by a pitch. After Wes Sherman forced out Schmitmeyer at second and a strikeout and walk by Puthoff to load the bases, Ty Parks singled to left to score Wes Sherman to end the game.
   Scott Sherman allowed just one walk in the game and struck out 12 to get the win. Puthoff walked just three and struck five in the hard-luck loss.
   Minster faces Spencerville on Thursday.
   
   Russia 000 000 0 — 0 1 1
   Minster 000 000 1 — 1 5 1
   WP — S. Sherman; LP — Puthoff.
   2B — R: Puthoff.
   Records: Russia (1-1); Minster (1-0).

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