OTTAWA-GLANDORF HIGH SCHOOL
Cosart Throws 1 Hitter against Ottawa
Just one hit.
That’s the only blemish for Bath starting pitcher Abby Cosart in her one-hit, 5-0 shutout victory over Ottawa-Glandorf in Western Buckeye League softball action Tuesday night.
Up through five innings, O-G batters could not muster a hit off Cosart. Then with two outs in the sixth, Leanna Zynda hit green with a liner to center field.
However, that one hit did not rattle Cosart as she got out of the inning unscathed and went on to secure the shutout for Bath.
With the win, Bath improves to 5-4 overall and 2-1 in the WBL. O-G slips to 1-4, 0-2.
In her complete-game effort, Cosart struck out 12 batters, walked two, while tossing 106 pitches from the circle.
At the plate, Bath collected 12 hits. Alex Roob, Britlynn Faulder and Cosart each recorded two hits against O-G starting pitcher Katelyn Yoder (four strikeouts, two walks). Annika Heminger had the big hit for Bath, a lead-off home run in the top of the seventh.
“It’s definitely disappointing,” Cosart said. “But, I thought I pitched a pretty good game, and we played pretty good, overall. In the moment, you’re not really thinking about that stuff (a no-hitter). You’re just thinking about helping your teammates out and pitching the best game possible. It always feels good to get a WBL win.”
Yoder managed to work out of a couple jams. On the night, Bath left a total of nine runners on base. Both teams committed just one error on the night.
“Overall, we had a good night offensively,” Bath coach Hannah Slavin said. “We hit a lot of good pitches. However, we struggled getting the timely hitting. Their pitcher did a good job of keeping us off balance, and keeping us off the bases. We didn’t have a great night bunting. Playing small ball can change the outcome of the game.”
Bath scored its first run of the game, in the third inning.
Cosart helped her own cause by smashing a single to left that scored Kali Armstrong, who got on base with a one-out single.
Bath scored three runs in the sixth inning, to pull out to a 4-0 lead. In the sixth, Bath had just one hit. Yoder walked two batters, while an infield error, helped pave the way for a couple runs. Roob also hit a flyball to right that was deep enough to score a run.
Then, in the seventh, Heminger drove a one-one offering by Yoder, over the left field fence to round out the scoring.
“This is our best defensive game we’ve played all year,” O-G coach Keith Fischer said. “I’m happy at how we played. Katelyn (Yoder) pitched a good game. Offensively, we didn’t do much. But, defensively, I was very happy.”
Added Slavin, “I wish the timely hitting could have been a little better. I think we could have put some runs across early in the game. But overall, I’m proud of what they did. They battled throughout the game, and made sure we came out on top.”