LIMA — Bryan softball team’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end on Saturday as the Golden Bears split a nonleague doubleheader at Lima Shawnee.
Bryan won the opener 8-5 to improve to 14-0, but Shawnee (11-7) came back with a 6-5 victory in the second game.
The Golden Bears used a five-run first inning in the first game to get the win. Scout Smith tripled among her three hits and had three RBIs, while Kailee Thiel doubled, tripled and drove in a run for Bryan.
Ella Voigt also had two hits and three RBIs, and Addie Arnold doubled at the plate and pitched a complete game with 11 strikeouts to get the win. She allowed six hits.
In the second game, Shawnee’s Allie Hutchins belted two home runs, including a sixth-inning grand slam to give the Indians a 6-3 lead. The Golden Bears responded with two runs in the top of the seventh, but fell just short.
Olivia Moore (single, double), Arnold (single, double, RBI) and Smith (single, triple) each had two hits in the second game for Bryan. Delilah Taylor took the loss as she pitched a complete game with four strikeouts. She allowed four hits.
Taylor and Long both had two hits overall, while Thiel had a single in the nightcap.
The Golden Bears will return to the field with a key league game at Evergreen at 5 p.m. Monday. Both teams sit atop the Northwest Ohio Athletic League standings at 4-0.
Edgerton splits with Swanton
SWANTON — Edgerton was on both ends of solid pitching performances as the Bulldogs went 1-1 against Swanton in a nonleague softball doubleheader Saturday.
Edgerton (8-9) held on to post a 5-3 win in the opener, but couldn’t take advantage of Noelle Ritter’s one-hitter in a 1-0 loss in five innings in the nightcap.
Ritter, though, earned the win in the first game. She allowed three earned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Ritter had three hits, including two triples, while Allison Elliott smacked two singles for Edgerton. Avery DeGryse and Rylei Moreno both doubled.
Taylor Forrest roped two doubles and Trista Eitniear also slapped two hits to lead Swanton (12-2).
The second game featured just four total hits (all singles). Ritter was credited with the loss after allowing an unearned run on one hit with two walks and a strikeout in four innings pitched.
Brianna Williams earned the win after tossing a complete game with four strikeouts.