Fort Loramie softball splits with Lehman

Seth Kinker
Sports Editor

Rusty bats heated up in the second game of the double header for the Lady Redskins as Fort Loramie hosted the Lehman Catholic Lady Cavs on Jun. 1. 

The Lady Cavs (1-1) took the first game 4-1 while the Lady Redskins (1-1) regrouped and took game two by a final score of 11-7. 

In game one, the Lady Cavs jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a home run by the second batter, Angela Brunner. 

Lady Redskins sophomore pitcher Lauren Bergman got them out of a two runner, two out situation with one of her five strikeouts to get the Lady Redskins to the plate.

With runners on first and third with one out, senior catcher Desiree’ Fogt hit a sac-fly to bring home sophomore leadoff hitter Aubrey Baker to make it 2-1 with the Lady Cavs still in the lead. 

“It feels good,” said Fogt on finally getting the chance to play a softball game. 

“It does,” added senior shortstop Macy Imwalle. “We’re a little rusty but it feels great to be out here. Experiencing it with all our teammates…” 

“…playing with the underclassmen we haven’t gotten to play with yet,” finished Fogt. 

The Lady Redskins would give up two more runs, one in the third inning and one in the sixth, with their best scoring attempt coming in the bottom of the fourth inning. 

After back to back short bloops to center field, one runner was caught stealing before two strikeouts ended the threat. The Lady Cavs outhit the Lady Redskins 7-5. 

Annie Stiver pitched a full seven innings for the Lady Cavs, finishing with 12 strikeouts. Kate Ruhenkamp came on in relief for Bergman and threw three strikeouts in just over an inning of work. 

“What really showed today,” said Fort Loramie head coach Brad Turner after game one, “Our bats aren’t up to speed. We’ve got some work to do.”

With only three sessions as a team under their belt going into yesterday’s game, it wasn’t about the score so much as getting back out there and enjoying the game of softball. 

“It’s huge,” said Turner on being back and giving the younger players a glimpse of softball this year. “We had a great crowd tonight, people all the way around the field. It’s just good to get the kids excited, recognize this is a great game and to get them exposed to it is huge.” 

In game two, the Lady Redskins bats heated up as both they and the Lady Cavs finished with 17 hits a piece but the score favoring the Lady Redskins at the end of seven. 

Ruhenkamp pitched a complete game for the Lady Redskins, finishing with seven strikeouts. 

After four innings, the teams were tied 4-4. The Lady Redskins then took a 6-5 lead after the fifth inning before outscoring the Lady Cavs 5-2 in the sixth inning to insure there would be no need for a bottom of the seventh inning. 

Brunner led the Lady Cavs, going 4-4 in game two with four runs with Hope Anthony (3-4, two runs, two runs batted in (RBI)) and Carolina Wesner (3-3, three RBIs) in support. 

The Lady Redskins were led by senior shortstop Macy Imwalle (3-3, one run, three RBIs), sophomore third baseman Delaney Higgins (3-4, one run, two RBIs) and freshman second baseman Ava Turner (2-2, one RBI).

Up next for the Lady Redskins is one of two road contests on the schedule, a bout at Jackson Center and another doubleheader with games at 5:30 and 7.