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Lady Warriors shut out Minerva 6-0 in sectional opening game

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Carrollton High School softball
Carrollton pitcher Jenna Metz pitched a complete game shutout in the Warriors 6-0 win over Minerva in the first round of the sectional last Saturday.

It was a great opening to tournament play for the Carrollton softball team last Saturday afternoon.

Morgan Hepner went 3-for-3 at the plate, scored three runs and stole three bases to help the Warriors to a 6-0 win over Minerva in the Division II sectional at Carrollton’s Field of Dream.

Carrollton also got a solid performance on the mound from Jenna Metz, who didn’t give up a run and scattered three hits with a strike out and walk.

“This was a big win for us,” said head coach John Cox. “Jenna (Metz) has been throwing so well, starting her was the best move for us. She hit her spots and controlled the Lion hitters.

“The defense backed her up by making some big plays behind her.

“If we keep putting forth this type of defensive effort, with our hitting we can go far in this tournament.”

The Warriors, who improved to 19-6, were to play either New Philadelphia or Dover for the sectional championship Wednesday night.

The Warriors have been known for their quick starts and Saturday’s game was no different.

In the bottom of the first, Hepner led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice by Tanner Owens. Monica Starre then doubled to drive in Hepner. Lowdermilk followed with a single, moving Starre to third. Lowdermilk swiped second.

With runners on second and third with two outs Metz doubled, scoring Starre and Lowdermilk for a 3-0 Warrior lead.

In the second, the Warriors added two more big runs. Hepner singled with two outs, stole second and scored on a triple by Owens. Owens then came home on a wild pitch for a 5-0 lead.

Carrollton added its final run in the fifth. Hepner got things going with a single and again stole second before going to third on a pass ball.

In regular season action last week, the Warriors opened the week with a devastating 15-2 loss to visiting Indian Creek in five innings.

The Warriors were held to just one hit in the game.

In the bottom of the second, Lowdermilk led the inning off with a walk, stole second and scored on Sevek’s single. Metz reached on an error with Sevek moving to third. That brought up Destinee Stidom who hit into a fielders choice to score Sevek.
Carrollton showed a lot of resilience on Tuesday by rebounding to defeat host Alliance 9-8.

Owens was on the mound for the Warriors and went the distance for her 10th win of the season.

She gave up eight runs while striking out three and walking two.

The Warriors scored early. In the top of the first Hepner led off with a single and stole second. Owens singled, advancing Hepner to third.

Owens then stole second, putting runners at second and third. Starre reached on an error, with Hepner scoring the Warriors’ first run.

Then on a bold move by Cox, the Warriors pulled off a rare double steal by Owens and Starre.

Lowdermilk then doubled in Owens and Starre for a 3-0 lead.

But the inning was not over. Senior Bethany Sevek followed with a single to score Lowdermilk and went to second on the throw to the plate.

Sevek later scored on a fielder choice by Metz giving the Warriors a 5-0 lead before the Aviators came to bat.

The Aviators did rally by scoring a pair of runs in each of the second and fourth innings to cut the Warrior lead to 5-4.

Carrollton scored its final four runs in the top of the seventh.

Addie Borland led off the inning with a single, Makenna Leslie reached on an error and Hepner hit into a fielders choice. Borland was out going to third.

But, the Warriors had runners on second and first.

Owens singled, scoring Leslie with Hepner moving to third. Owens went to second on a pass ball.

Starre came up with a double to score Hepner. Owens swiped second and scored on a double by Lowdermilk.

Alliance rallied in the bottom of the inning, but the Warriors held on for the win.

Lowdermilk went 3-for-4 with pair of doubles and three RBI and a run scored, Sevek added two hits, including a double with an RBI and run scored. Starre finished with two doubles, three RBI, two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. Owens added a pair of singles, a RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Borland ended with a pair of singles, Hepner a single, two runs scored and a stolen base and Stidom a single.

Last Thursday, the Warriors hosted Salem in a NBC game. Again the Warriors got off to a quick start and cruised to a 9-3 win over Quakers.

Metz started and went the distance for the win. She scattered nine hits, while striking out three and walking two.

Salem plated two runs in the top of the first, but the Warriors didn’t let that affect them.

Hepner opened the game by getting hit by a pitch and quickly stole second. Owens walked, and the Warriors again pulled off the double steal. Starre singled to score Hepner. Sevek then doubled to score Owens and Starre for a 3-2 Warrior lead.

In the bottom of the third, Lowdermilk singled, stole second and was brought home on a homerun by the hot hitting Sevek for a 5-2 lead.

Salem put a single run across the plate in the fifth, cutting the Warrior advantage to 5-3.

Carrollton put the game away in the sixth. Makenzie Lindner led off the inning with a walk and Leslie reached on an error.

With Lindner on third and Leslie on second, Hepner laid down a squeeze bunt to score Lindner with Leslie going to third, who would later get picked off at third.

Owens followed with a double, but Hepner was thrown out at third. Owens stole third and scored on a single by Starre. Starre stole second,
Lowdermilk followed with a single with two outs to score Starre. Sevek crushed a doubled to move Lowdermilk to third who scored on a single by Metz ending the scoring. Sevek went 4-of-4 with a homerun, two doubles, a single and three RBI. Starre ended with three hits, two runs, two RBI and a stolen base, while Lowdermilk added two hits, two runs with a RBI and stolen base. Hepner had a hit, RBI, three stolen bases, a walk and was hit by a pitch. Metz added a single and RBI and Lindner a single, run scored and a walk.

The Warriors were to end their regular season this week at Minerva on Tuesday and host Canton South Thursday in their final regular season game.

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