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NEW BREMEN — The Wapakoneta Redskins softball team had the bats swinging Monday evening at New Bremen.
The Redskins pounded out 15 hits and scored 21 runs to defeat the New Bremen Cardinals 21-1 in a non-league game called after five innings.
“We wanted to get better today,” Redskins varsity coach Bill Sammons said. “We worked on some things and New Bremen is a good team. We saw some good pitching and hit the ball sometimes.”
It was a fairly close game through the first three innings. Wapakoneta opened the game with a pair of runs in the first inning. Renee Lovett led off the game by beating out an infield hit. After a strikeout, Courtney Knippen singled and Lovett came home to score when Ashley Knippen reached on an error. Kati Sawmiller reached on a hit batsman to load the bases and Ashlie Cox reached on a fielder’s choice hit with Courtney Knippen scoring the second run.
“The key to the game was that we gave up four hit batters and eight walks,” Cardinals varsity coach Craig Griesdorn said. “We were in the game through the first three innings. It was 2-1 going into the third and 5-1 after the third inning. Kristin started to struggle in the fourth and walked three batters in a row. I made the change and we just need to make a play when we need to make a play.”
New Bremen got their only offense of the game in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Gina Griesdorn singled and Haley Moeller drew a walk. Griesdorn scored the lone Cardinal run on a single to right by Julie Brown.
Wapakoneta got on the scoreboard again in the third inning. Ashley Knippen led off with a single and Sawmiller reached on a hit batsman. Marcie Grothause bunted both runners into scoring position. Knippen scored on a ground out and Sawmiller came home on a single by Stacy Miller. Following another hit batter, Miller scored on a single by Lovett to make the score 5-1.
The Redskins put the game away as they batted around in the fourth inning and scored six runs and finished the game off with 10 runs on seven hits in the fifth inning for the 21-1 victory.
“Renee (Lovett) did a good job for us on the mound tonight,” Bill Sammons said. “She threw pretty well and Carli (Sammons) came in to save the game. We didn’t want to throw (Lovett) too much because we have a big league game against Shawnee tomorrow. I thought we also hit the ball decently tonight.”
“We just have to play with more confidence,” Griesdorn said. “I told the girls that they have to do what is good for the team and we need players who will confidently do it. I think we got the message over that you have to come in with some confidence and get the job done.
“We have to work to get better and the girls are trying,” Griesdorn continued. “f we continue to try take some steps forward we will be okay and things will happen for us. We have to keep putting forth and effort and play with confidence.”
The Redskins (3-2) will entertain Shawnee tonight, while New Bremen (0-6) will travel to Sidney Lehman tonight.