By Gary R. Rasberry
When Bowling Green has been able to get onto the baseball diamond, nine games have been postponded this season, the Falcons have been successful.
Closing out a number of BG’s 16 wins this season has been senior Neil Schmitz.
The St. Henry native has turned into a formidable closer for the squad, going 2-0 with five saves this season.
The lefthander has an impressive earned run average of 2.29 and has struck out 23 batters in 192/3 innings. Schmitz has allowed just 12 hits and three walks in that stretch, recording a WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) of 0.76.
Schmitz’s five saves puts him in a tie for second in the Mid-American Conference. Darek Stanfield of Akron leads the MAC with seven.
Another area player up at BG is freshman Greg Becker. The Celina graduate is 0-1 on the mound this season for the Falcons in four appearances with an ERA of 7.11.Rockets facing tough season
It’s been a tough start to the season for The University of Toledo baseball team as the Rockets are currently just 8-19 overall and 2-7 in the MAC.
Rocket junior Kurt Woeste (St. Henry) is one of six pitchers to record a victory for the team this season with a 1-4 record and a 5.32 ERA.
Woeste has been the workhorse for the Rockets as he leads the team in innings pitched with 452/3.
Rocket freshman Dustin Sommer (Minster) has appeared in 11 games this season with two starts. Sommers is batting .133 and has not allowed a stolen base behind the plate this season.Moorman seeing limited time
Ohio State sophomore Kris Moorman (St. Henry) has been seeing just limted time this season for the Buckeyes, who are 13-13.
Moorman is batting .091 with a double and a run batted in this season.Area talent keeping ONU winning
Ohio Northern University, usually a hotbed for local stars to move up to the collegiate level, has some key players that have helped put the team at .500 at 10-10 this season.
Freshman Phil Bruns has been strong for the Polar Bears. Already named the Freshman of the Week by the Ohio Athletic Conference, Bruns is fourth on the team in hitting at .340 and third in on-base percentage with .448.
Junior catcher Adam Graves (St. Marys) is batting .257 with two doubles and seven RBI this season.
Senior Ken Williams (St. Marys) is also with the Polar Bears and is batting .107 this season.Rammels hitting it hard at Tiffin
The Rammel brothers from Coldwater have been a big part of the University of Tiffin baseball team this season.
Ryan, a junior infielder, is batting .292 in 33 games and has three doubles and 11 RBI.
Kurt, a sophomore catcher, is batting .258 with three RBI.
The Dragons are currently 12-21 on the season.Yellow Jackets hitting well
Defiance freshman Lenny Koesters (St. Henry) is currently batting .261 for the Yellow Jackets. Koesters has four doubles, eight RBI and five stolen bases in eight chances for the 7-14 squad.
Teammate Travis Ahrens (Coldwater) has appeared in one game this season on the mound, going 0-1 with a 40.50 ERA in 2/3 of an inning.SOFTBALLVandy-Tandem rocking Yellow Jackets
When Defiance needed a boost in offense this season, they looked in the family tree of an established player.
Junior Kacy VanderHorst came in this season to team up with twin sister Kelly VanderHorst after transferring from Bowling Green and ending a sabbatical from playing college sports.
So far, the move has been good.
Kacy leads the team in hitting with a cool .395 batting average with six doubles and 14 RBI as the Jackets are near the .500 mark at 12-13-1. Kacy has appeared in all 26 games this season as an outfielder as well as playing third base for the team.
Kelly, a key player her first two seasons at DC, platoons at catcher for the squad, batting .159 in 19 games this season. Kelly has thrown out a team-high six runners attempting to steal this season.
Another local player, Julie Stieneman (New Bremen), has played in 24 games this season, bating .083. Steineman is fourth on the team in putouts with 27.Carder up and playing for Bucks
After missing the first part of the season, junior Billie Jo Carder (Celina) has made up for lost time with a strong start at the plate.
The sophomore infielder is batting .300 for the 23-14 Buckeyes.Oilers going through rough year
The University of Findlay softball is struggling with an 8-26 record and a 0-8 mark in the Great Lakes Intercolegiate Athletic Conference.
Sophomore pitcher Katie Harlamert has appeared in just four games this season, going 0-2 with a 2.89 ERA.
Sophomore outfielder Lana Beckstedt is currently batting .253 with six doubles and six RBI this season and is 7-of-8 in steals this season.
Sophomore utility player Alison Wibbeler (St. Marys) is batting .083 in 14 games on the year.TRACK AND FIELDArnett, Schmitmeyer pacing Bearcats
The University of Cincinnati women’s track team has been through three meets in the outdoor season, the most recent being the Miami Invitational at Oxford.
Bearcat sophomore Ashley Arnett (New Knoxville) has been consistent in the standings in the hurdles, placing fifth in both the 100 and 400 hurdles at Oxford. Aernett also placed 12th in the long jump.
Sophomore Jenni Schmitmeyer (Minster) placed fourth in the discus at Miami and 11th in the shot as well as 12th in the hammer throw.
UC will participate in the All-Ohio Championships this weekend at Jesse Owens Track at Ohio State.Roth running with the (Wolf)pack
North Carolina State sophomore Kris Roth (Celina) is building on a successful cross country season with a strong track season.
Roth finished eighth behind teammate and All-American Kristen Price in the 1,500 meter run at the UNC relays in Chapel Hill, an event to prepare for the ACC Tournament this week.