Lady Colts win softball opener; expect better results in 2019

BELLVILLE — Clear Fork coach Jeff Gottfried is expecting a good season from his softball squad., which kicked off the season Monday with a 12-11 win over Wooster Triway.

The Colts scattered 19 hits and committed just one error in the field. Ashtynn Roberts had four singles to lead the hit parade. She also had two RBIs. Brooke Robinson had four RBIs on a single, double and triple. Carson Crowner, Haylie Miller and Maddy Wine had three singles apiece. and Hallie Gottfried, Felicity Murphy and Kaitlin Wuertz hit singles.

Roberts and Wine shared pitching duties, allowing a total of 14 hits. Wine picked up the pitching win.

The Lady Colts return several key players from last spring’s team.

Leading the pack is senior Haylie Miller, who hit .463 last season with 12 doubles, nine home runs and 36 RBI earning first team All-Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference and Northwest District honors.

She is joined by junior Carson Crowner, who batted .526 average with 41 runs scored, eight doubles, a triple, six home runs, 21 RBI; she also stole 41 stolen bases.

Sophomore Courtney Palmer returns after a campaign where she hit .370 with five homers and 24 RBI.

“We hope to improve our conference record and compete for a district championship,” Gottfried said.

“We have enjoyed a tradition of much success over recent years, but we need to develop some leadership and team chemistry. We need role players to accept those roles. That is vital to every team.”

Pitcher Maddy Wine returns to the mound.

She compiled a 15-8 mark last season, striking out 70 batters in 136 innings. She threw a five-inning perfect game against Buckeye Valley.

Other players expected to contribute include Hallie Gottfried, who hit .284 last season with 21 hits a homer and eight RBI. Junior Brooke Robinson will take over at first base after hitting .197 last season with three homers.

Seniors Reagan Marshall and Kaitlin Wuertz will split time between second base and left field.

Wuertz hit .471 last season with 29 runs scored and 16 steals. Marshall hit .278 with 13 runs and eight steals.

The Lady Colts were 6-8 in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference last spring. They were to play Shelby at home on Tuesday and then play Shelby at Shelby on Wednesday. On Thursday weather permitting the Colts are at Highland and on Saturday, Lexington comes to Bellville.