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@OhioBobcatSB Falls to Liberty in NISC Championship Series

Taylor Saxton
May 18, 2017

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LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Ohio softball team (42-18) concluded the 2017 season on Thursday, falling in the to Liberty (41-23) in the National Invitational Softball Championships Region Six Championship series. The Bobcats’ outlasted the Flames in a thrilling 1-0 victory in 12 innings to force a winner-take-all game. However, Ohio would be unable to outlast Liberty in the final game, falling 4-3.

The season concluded one of the most successful in program history, where they finished the season with 42 wins, the most wins in a season.

GAME ONE: Ohio 1, Liberty 0 (12 Innings)
Liberty attempted to strike first in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Sarah Robertson drew a walk. She then advanced to second when with two outs, Deidra See drew a walk of her own. However, Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would get the final batter of the inning to strike out looking, ending the threat with the game still scoreless.

The Flames would threaten again in the bottom of the third inning when Taylor Hoffman led the inning off by drawing a walk. She would be erased from the bases when she was thrown out on a nifty play by Dorsey to get the force. Now with Jasmeen Click on first, she would move to second on a ground out and then move to third on a passed ball. Dorsey would then get the last batter of the inning to fly out on the first pitch to end the inning with the game still scoreless after three innings.

Liberty would get the first hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth when Autumn Bishop singled o a diving Alex Day (Hilliard, Ohio) who was unable to make the throw from her knees. Dorsey would get the next batter to strike out, ending the inning with the game still scoreless.

The Bobcats would get their first hit of the game in the top of the fifth inning when with one out, Day would single to left field. She would be out at second when Madison Claytor hit into a fielder’s choice. Then with two outs, the Liberty pitcher would get the last Ohio batter to fly out to right field, ending the inning with the game still scoreless.

Liberty threatened in the bottom of the fifth inning when Kaitlin McFarland led the inning off with a walk. She would then be replaced on the bases by Cassie Gingerich. Gingerich would then move to second on a sacrifice bunt. Then with one out, Click would double down the left field line, putting runners on second and third with one out. However, Dorsey would come back firing and get the next two batters to strike out swinging to get out of the jam, sending the game to the top of the sixth tied at 0-0.

The Bobcats would threaten in the top of the sixth inning when with one out, Taylor Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) reached first on an infield single. She would then move to second when Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) singled to shallow right field, putting runners on first and second with one out. Saxton would be called out at third when Alexa Holland (Rochester, Ind.) reached first on a fielder’s choice. Then with two outs, Jamie Wren (Whittier, Calif.) would battle in her at bat and then drive the ball to the left field warning track, which the outfielder would track down, ending the threat with the game still scoreless going to the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Flames would threaten again in the bottom of the seventh inning when Deidra See would lead off with a walk. She would then be replaced by pinch runner Channing Cox. Cox would advance to second on a sacrifice bunt and then move to third on a single by Hoffman. Still with one out, Hoffman would move to second on defensive indifference, placing runners on second and third. Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) would then make a diving play in shallow left field to save a run and then Savannah Jo Dorsey would get the last batter of the inning to strike out swinging, sending the game to extras tied at 0-0.

Ohio would threaten in the top of the eighth inning when with two outs, Saxton would single to left field. She would then move to second when Cooper reached on a fielder’s choice. However, the Bobcats would be unable to score, sending the game to the bottom of the eighth inning with the game still scoreless.

Ohio threatened again in the top of the ninth inning when Wren led off with a single up the middle. She would then move to second on a sacrifice bunt from Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.). Wren would move to third on a ground out from Day. Claytor would then draw a walk, putting runners on first and third with two outs, however the Bobcats would be unable to score, sending the game to the bottom of the ninth with the game still tied at 0-0.

Liberty would get a runner on in the bottom of the ninth inning when Autumn Bishop singled to right field. However, Dorsey would strike out the next two batters and get the last one to ground out, sending the game to the top of the 10th still scoreless.

In the top of the 10th, Ohio would get another base runner on when with two outs, Cooper singled to left field. However, she would be unable to score and the came would remain scoreless going into the bottom of the 10th.

Liberty would threaten in the bottom of the 10th inning when Click would reach first on a throwing error. She would then move to second on a sacrifice bunt. Then with one out, Click would be thrown out trying to steal third for the second out. Savannah Jo Dorsey would then get the last batter of the inning to strike out, sending the game to the top of the 11th still tied at 0-0.

In the top of the 11th, Wren would lead the inning off with a would to left field, but the Liberty pitcher would work out of the jam, retiring the next three Bobcats to send the game to the bottom of the frame still scoreless.

After 11 innings of scoreless softball, the Bobcats finally broke the tie. Michaela Dorsey led the inning off with a single down the left field line. She then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from MacKenzie Brunswick (Bellefontaine, Ohio). Michaela Dorsey then reached third when Saxton reached on a fielder’s choice, putting runners at the corners with one out. Cooper would come to the plate and smash a ball to deep center for the sacrifice fly, scoring Michaela Dorsey and getting Ohio on the board, 1-0 going into the bottom of the 12th.

Liberty threatened to tie the game in the bottom f the 12th when McFarland singled and advanced to second on a throwing error. She then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Dorsey would then get the next two batters to strike out, ending the game and giving Ohio the 1-0 win to force another game.

In the circle, Savannah Jo Dorsey dazzled, pitching 12 innings, allowing no runs on five hits and striking out 13 for her 25th win of the season.

At the plate, the Bobcats scored one run on eight hits. Saxton went 2-for-5 with two singles and Cooper went 2-for-5 with two singles and an RBI sacrifice fly. Wren also went 2-for-5 with a double. Michaela Dorsey added a double and Day also registered a base hit.

GAME TWO: Liberty 4, Ohio 3
Liberty would get the first hit of the game in the top of the first inning when Amber Bishop reached on a base hit with one out. She would then be erased from the bases when Tori Zavodny reached on a fielder’s choice. However, Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) would get the next batter to ground out, ending the inning with the game still scoreless.

In the bottom of the second, Claytor would reach first on with a one-out walk. However, the right fielder would make a shoestring catch on a ball and would double Claytor off at first to end the inning and send the game to the third still scoreless.

Liberty struck first in the top of the third inning. With one out, Click would reach on a bunt single. She would then move to second when Autumn Bishop reached first on a single through the left side. Click would then score on a single through the left side by Amber Bishop. Savannah Jo Dorsey would then enter the game to pitch for Stiene. Autumn Bishop scored on a bunt base hit from Zavodny, advancing Amber Bishop to third. Amber Bishop would then score on another bunt base hit from Alexia Taylor, moving Zavodny to third. Zavodny would then be caught trying to steal home, ending the inning with Liberty leading 3-0.

The Bobcats would get a run back in the bottom of the third when Holland led the inning off with a walk. She then moved to second on a ground out from Brunswick. Then with one out, Saxton would reach first on an infield single and force a fielding error from the Flames defense. Saxton would then be thrown out trying to advance to second, but Holland would score on the play, cutting the lead to 3-1 going into the top of the fourth.

Liberty added a run in the top of the fifth inning when with two outs, Zavodny singled. She then moved to third on a single to right field from Taylor. Still with two outs, Sarah Robertson would reach base on a close play at first base, scoring Zavodny and giving Liberty the 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.

Ohio cut into the lead into the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, Michaela Dorsey drew a walk. She then moved to second when Brunswick reached on a base hit. They both then advanced a base on a fielding error from Liberty, putting runners on second and third with two outs. Saxton would then come to the plate and crush a two-RBI single up the middle, cutting the Liberty lead to 4-3 after five innings.

Liberty would threaten to add on in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, McFarland would single to center field. She would then move to second on a ground out and advance to third on a wild pitch. Then with two outs, Savannah Jo Dorsey would get the last batter to fly out, ending the inning with the Bobcats down 4-3.

Ohio threatened in the bottom of the sixth inning when Wren led off with a bunt base hit. Liberty would then make a pitching change, bringing in game one starter Chase Cassady. Wren would then be out at second when Day hit into a fielder’s choice. The Liberty defense would then get the next two Bobcat batters out, ending the inning with the Bobcats still training 4-3.

Liberty threatened to add on in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Zavodny reached on an error. Then with two outs, Zavodny would steal second and advance to third on a throwing error. However, Dorsey would get the last batter to ground out and end the inning with the Bobcats down 4-3.

The Bobcats would come to the bottom of the seventh looking to rally, but would be unable to do so, ending the game with the Bobcats falling 4-3.

In the circle, Stiene started the game, pitching 2.1 innings allowing three runs on four hits. Savannah Jo Dorsey entered the game and pitched 4.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out two.

At the plate, Ohio scored three runs on four hits. Saxton went 2-for-2 with two RBI and Holland and Wren both registered hits for Ohio.

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