By From staff reports
This time, it only took seven innings to get the game in, and there was no close ball four calls to score the winning run with the bases loaded.
Celina's Melanie Heyne and Elida's Jeanne Hilvers dueled again. And, like the first meeting in the tournament, Hilvers was just one better than Heyne.
Hilvers struck out 11 and scored the only run of the game in the top of the first inning as Elida posted a 1-0 win over Celina in Western Buckeye League action at Bill Feth Diamond in Celina. The Bulldogs end the WBL season at 4-5 and go to 12-9 overall.
Hilvers scored the only run on a triple with one out in the top of the first. Samantha Conrad, who took ball four to drive in the winning run in Monday's 1-0 win at the Division II Bath Sectional, got the game-winning RBI again on a sacrifice fly to right to score Hilvers easily.
But after that, Heyne was tough. The Celina junior allowed four hits, but walked none and struck out eight along the way to get the hard-luck loss. Hilvers, meanwhile, did not walk a batter and scattered three hits along the way. Celina had the chance to tie the game in the bottom of the inning as Allison Hoying singled and moved all the way to third with just one out. Hilvers shut the door, though, by striking out Shay Adams and Julia Siefring to end the inning.
The last chance Celina had to score came in the bottom of the sixth when Siefring tripled with two outs, but Allison Braun popped up to second base to end the threat.
Celina will travel to Cedarville College today to play in a three-team contest with Greenville and Kenton Ridge.
Elida 100 000 0 -- 1 4 0
Celina 000 000 0 -- 0 3 0
WP -- Hilvers; LP -- Heyne.
3B -- E: Hilvers. C: Siefring.
Records: Elida 18-3 (7-1 WBL), Celina 12-9 (4-5 WBL).
Bulldogs wraps up WBL year with win
Celina completed the WBL season at 7-2 thanks to four runs in the first and two more in the second to post a 7-4 win over Elida at Ed Sandy Field in Elida. The Elida Dawgs are 14-10 overall and 5-3 in the league.
Scott Luthman went the distance to go 6-2 on the season, scattering six hits and a walk over the seven innings while striking out six along the way. Luthman also helped his cause with a two-run home run in the second. His opposite number Scott Harmon also homered in the game for Elida.
Celina completes its season with an 18-8 record.
Celina 420 100 0 -- 7 7 1
Elida 040 000 0 -- 4 6 5
WP -- Luthman; LP -- Harmon.
2B -- E: Spain, Bailey.
HR -- C: Luthman. E: Harmon.
Records: Celina 18-8 (7-2 WBL), Elida 14-10 (5-3 WBL).
Cavs sew up outright title
After losing the chance for a perfect MAC season on Tuesday, Coldwater rebounded by shutting out Parkway, 3-0, at Don Black Field in the MAC wrapup for both teams.
Coldwater's outright MAC title came via an 8-1 record in the MAC and a mark of 21-5 overall. Parkway ends the season at 11-13 and 5-4 in the MAC.
Gaston Pleiman improved to 6-2 on the season after allowing one hit -- a Grant Ross single in the second -- and one walk to go with four strikeouts for the win. After the second inning, Pleiman retired the side in order for the rest of the game.
Parkway's Jordan Heckler looked sharp in the loss, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing just one earned run while walking four and striking out six.
Troy Siefring went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a double while Ryan Gerlach also doubled.
Coldwater plays St. John's at Coldwater's Veterans Field on Monday in the Division III district semifinal.
Coldwater 100 002 0 -- 3 5 0
Parkway 000 000 0 -- 0 1 1
WP -- Pleiman; LP -- Heckler.
2B -- CW: Siefring, Gerlach.
Records: Coldwater 21-5 (8-1 MAC), Parkway 11-13 (5-4 MAC).