2017 All WBL Softball Team Named

2017 All WBL Softball Team
2017 All WBL Softball Team

(5-17-17) The Western Buckeye League released it’s 2017 All-Conference softball team.

WBL Champion Wapakoneta swept both of the major honors, Blasia Moyler was named the Player of the Year and her coach, Bill Sammons, picked up Coach of the Year honors. Moyler will continue her softball career at Saginaw Valley State University.

Two other Redskins were also named to the 1st team, Megan Fisher and Savanna Oen.

Maddie Luebke
Maddie Luebke – Photo courtesy Snap In Time Photography

Celina’s Maddie Luebke picked up 1st team honors, Brooke Steinbrunner was named to the third team and Mackenzie Shaffer was on the Honorable Mention list.

The Redskins have won two consecutive WBL titles in a row, with an 18 in a row conference run during that time.


Softball: Parkway’s Hawk MAC Player of the Year, Esselstein Coach of the Year

Parkway’s Haley Hawk MVP- Photo by Pat Agler – http://www.pantherzden.com


(5-16-17) Parkway swept both of the major honors on the 2017 All-MAC softball team.

Parkway’s Haley Hawk (Junior) was named Player of the Year in leading the Panthers to a MAC Title. Hawk’s Coach, Mark Esselstein, who picked up his 500th win this year, was named the MAC Coach of the Year.

Hawk was joined on the 1st team by two teammates, Bailey Bates and Alyx Slusher.

Coldwater was represented on the 1st team by Maura Hoying, Carly Post and Maddie Steinke. Alexis Ontrop was St. Henry’s representative on the 1st team.


2017 All MAC Softball Team
2017 All MAC Softball Team
Alexis Bickle - Courtesy Nikki Fox
Alexis Bickle – Photo Courtesy Nikki Fox

Parkway played with a ‘heavy heart’ this season after the tragic death of teammate Lexi Bickle, who lost her life in an auto accident in the fall.

Alexis Bickle – Gone Too Soon

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Softball: Two Greenville (Oh) Freshman Pitchers Named SSN National Players of the Week

Greenville Frosh
Caitlin Christman and Baylee Petry

– photos courtesy of Gaylen Blosser  – The Early Bird Newspaper

UPDATED: Petry perfect in LWSB run rule win over Minster

Above game was after this story was released yesterday, Petry throws the perfect game in a win over Minster.


(5-15-17) This week we have two Players of the Week, two freshman pitchers from Greenville, Ohio combined to pitch two-perfect D II state sectional tournament games in a row, Caitlin Christman and Baylee Petry.

The two ‘Green Wave‘ aces helped Greenville in their first two D II Sectional games, beating Dayton Dunbar 18-0 and following that with a 17-0 win over Trotwood-Madison.

Against Dunbar it was a ‘perfect‘ perfect game as both pitchers combined to strike out all 15 hitters in the 5 inning game win.

In the Trotwood-Madison game, Petry had 7 strikeouts and Christman added four more K’s in the 5 inning win.

The two combined for 26 K’s out of the 30 outs in the two games.

On the season Petry has won 20 games, has a 1.02 ERA, while offensively she is hitting .439 with 23 RBIs.  Christman on the season has a 1.64 ERA on the year.

Greenville Head Coach Jerrod Newlan told the Daily Advocate after the Dunbar game:

“Both pitchers are freshman pitchers. Petry’s had a great season. We hope to continue that until we end in Akron. This was a unique opportunity today, and all the girls got to play. We are getting ready to dodge some bullets coming up though as the games get tougher. ”

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Freshman Throws ‘Perfect’ Perfect Game

(5-10-17) – Bellmont’s (Indiana) Freshman pitcher Macy Montgomery threw a ‘Perfect’ Perfect game in a 10-0 6-inning win over conference rival DeKalb. Montgomery recorded 18 K’s for all 18 outs.

To add to that the Freshman helped out on offense with 1 hit, 2 RBIs and scoring 2 runs.

She is now 9-1 on the season, she has 128 strike outs, has walked just 3 hitters and has allowed just 2 unearned runs, with a .23 ERA.

Bellmont is 13-1 on the season, Montgomery is just one of three freshman who started, along with 3 sophomores.

Bellmont Head Softball Coach Sandy Busick:

Macy and our catcher, Tori Miller, call all pitches and work the batters themselves. They have the best view, and both are highly knowledgeable.

Macy is a competitive and driven young lady. She was inspired to pitch in softball at a young age when she watched other struggling pitchers. Instead of steering clear of something so challenging, she chased it. She then can define an exact 10u game where she was shelled. She hated the feeling and has worked hard with pitching coaches and her dad to be the best pitcher that she can be.

Macy just moved to Indiana a few years ago where her parents were both born and raised. While we undoubtedly love the fact that she is a part of our softball program, she is an addition to Bellmont High School that the teachers and her peers love. She is a hard worker in academics and track as well. She is focused on personal goals and dreams, but manages time to be social. The best feature Macy has is that she is very grounded and she puts her team first. She is aware that the 8 players behind her have in fact worked hard themselves over the last several years and that defense gives her insurance in her own confidence as she delivers pitches on the mound.



Bellmont is in Decatur, Indiana, hometown of ‘Hoosiers’ Director David Alspaugh, on the Ohio-Indiana border in Adams County.  Another county pitcher from #1 2A South Adams, located in Berne, Indiana, Katelin Augsburger has 173 strikeouts in 76 innings, with 12 wins for the 15-0 Starfires this season, she just had 20 K’s in her last outing.

Softball: Lacey Township’s (NJ) Chelsea Howard-SSN National Player of the Week

Lacey Township’s Chelsea Howard


(5-7-17) This week’s SSN National Softball Player of the Week is Lacey Township’s (NJ) Chelsea Howard (Sr P).

Howard pitched a perfect game this week in a 9-0 win over Southern Regional for the Lions, getting 19 of the 21 outs by strikeout.

Howard also was 2 for 3, including a home run, with three RBIs and three runs scored.

Howard will continue her softball career at DI Binghampton University.

Complete Game Replay by WLTStv

SOFTBALL: Two Coaches In Illinois, 1,900 Wins

(5-3-17) The past week in Illinois High School softball there have been some very, very memorable moments created.

St. Joseph-Ogden Head Softball Coach Randy Wolken won his 1,000th career game Thursday afternoon (April 27th), beating St. Thomas More 15-0 in five innings.

Yesterday (5-2-17) saw Elk Grove Head Softball Coach Ken Grams pick up his 900th career win in a 15-1 win over Hoffman Estates. Both are the top two coaches in career Illinois softball wins.

How they did it:

Courtesy St. Joseph-Ogden Softball Twitter

Wolken won his 1,000th career game (4-27-17), beating St. Thomas More 15-0 in five innings. Three pitchers combined for a no-hitter and Andrea Coursey hit a home run for the Spartans. SJ-O batted around, scoring eight runs in the first inning and never looking back.

Courtesy Elk Grove Athletics Twitter

Grams 900th win came when Kylie Thomsen  threw a 2-hitter with 6 strikeouts as the Grenadiers beat visiting Hoffman Estates 15-1 in five innings.

Randy Wolken told WCIA-TV:

“One-thousand seems just like a huge number, but it doesn’t seem like that much to me. I guess because it’s been fun. With my wife supporting me all these years, and my family, it’s been really nice. So it means a lot to me for everybody to come out and support us. Feels good to be at 1,000, though. I will say that.”

Ken Grams told the Daily Herald:

“To be honest I’ve wanted to keep doing this as long as I feel like I can communicate. As I get older, I feel to a degree I can still talk their language and get them to understand and appreciate the finer parts of the game. And that makes me feel good because I’m a guy who spends hours watching baseball on TV and I feel there are so many little things to the game and that’s what I’m trying to get across.”‘

How do the two all-time Illinois leaders rank all-time in the US?

NFHS All-Time Career Coaching Wins

Record     Holder     State     Data

  1. 2,053     Larry Niemeyer     IA     (Cedar Rapids Jefferson), 1958-2011 (2,053-423)
  2. 1,153     Jim Brown     AL     (Hoover), 1991-2011 (1,153-239-1)
  3. 1,116     Dennis Johnson     IA     (Eldridge North Scott), 1975-2001; 2006-2011 (1,116-249)
  4. 1,030     Diane Laffey     MI     (Harper Woods Regina), 1963-2011 (1,030-375-3)
  5. 1,012     Steve Saladino     IA     (Davenport West), 1982-2011 (1,012-448)
  6. 1,000 *Randy Wolken ILL (St. Joseph-Ogden), 1980-2017
  7.   952    Gary Adams     SC     (Iva Crescent), 1977-2011 (852-115)
  8.   927     Brad Walraven     MI     (Bay City All Saints), 1980-2011 (927-301-1)
  9.   926     Tom Kennelly     MI     (Saginaw Swan Valley), 1980-2011 (926-243)
  10.   922     Joe Alsup     MI     (Waterford Township, MI; Waterford Mott, MI; Waterford Kettering, MI; White Lake Lakeland, MI), 1975-92, 1998-2011 (922-188)
  11. 900 *Ken Grams ILL (Elk Grove) (1980-2017)

Pretty impressive careers and still going strong for Wolken and Grams.

 In the beginning…

1980 St. Joseph-Ogden Softball
1980 St. Joseph-Ogden Softball


1981 Elk Grove Softball
1981 Elk Grove Softball

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What do you think? Does this end a game hitting streak? 5 Intentional Walks

Does this end a 40 game hitting streak?

This week we named Plainfield’s (Ind) Ashton Slone as the SSN National High School Softball player of the week?

Slone was walked five times intentionally in her last game played on Thursday (4-27-17) , but did score 3 runs in her teams 9-7 win in 8 innings over Martinsville.

Writing the story we said Slone’s streak ended with that game at 40 games in a row, in an email reply from the Plainfield Softball twitter they said that the streak is not over and will continue because she was intentionally walked 5 times?

So what do you think? Is the streak done or does it extend to the next game?  Either way Slone has had a fantastic run, whether is stops at 40 or rolls on.

Share with us your thoughts.


In baseball, a hitting streak refers to the number of consecutive official games in which a player appears and gets at least one base hit. According to the Official Baseball Rules, such a streak is ended when a player has at least 1 plate appearance and no hits. A streak shall not be terminated if all official plate appearances result in a base on balls, hit by pitch, defensive interference or a sacrifice bunt. The streak shall terminate if the player has a sacrifice fly and no hit.

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Softball: Plainfield’s (Ind) Ashton Slone Named SSN National Player of the Week

Softball: Plainfield’s (Ind) Ashton Slone Named SSN National Player of the Week

40 game hitting streak hit vs Greenwood on 4-26-17 –

(4-30-17) This week’s SSN National High School Softball Player of the Week is Plainfield’s (Indiana) (C-1B) Ashton Slone.

Plainfield’s Ashton Slone

Slone (Senior)currently has a 40-game hitting streak going, on Thursday (4-27-17)  vs Martinsville  *** she was walked intentionally five times in the Quakers’ 9-7 win, despite not having an official at bat,  she helped her team by scoring three runs. The last time she did not have a hit was she went 0-for-3 as a Sophomore on May 25, 2015 against Avon.  She is one of just five hitters to ever have a 40 or more game hitting streak in records kept by the NFHS.  Her next chance to extend her streak to 41 games is this Tuesday (5-2-17) vs. Decatur Central.

  • BA: .757
  • Hits: 28
  • RBIs: 18
  • Runs: 22
  • 2Bs: 5
  • HRs: 7

She has walked 17 times, including the 5 walks vs Martinsville and has only struck out once this season.

Slone has committed to continue her softball career next fall at Miami-Ohio.

NFHS Consecutive Game Hitting Streaks

  • 103 Kayla Braud OR (Eugene Marist), 3-30, 2006 — 6-6, 2009
  •   91 Sara Hansen MI (Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart), 2011-14
  •   46 Natalie Johnson IA (Burlington), 6-21, 1999 — 6-11, 2000
  •   43 Jenny Johnson IND
  •   40 Ashton Slone IND (Plainfield) (2015-2017)
  •   35 Cheryl Beaman MI (Fraser), 1992
  •   35 Amanda Lehotak NE (Omaha Gross Catholic) 1997

Why the hitting streak is still alive

***In baseball, a hitting streak refers to the number of consecutive official games in which a player appears and gets at least one base hit. According to the Official Baseball Rules, such a streak is ended when a player has at least 1 plate appearance and no hits. A streak shall not be terminated if all official plate appearances result in a base on balls, hit by pitch, defensive interference or a sacrifice bunt. The streak shall terminate if the player has a sacrifice fly and no hit.

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What do you think? Does this end a game hitting streak? 5 Intentional Walks

Softball: South Adams’ (Ind) Kaitlin Augsberger Named SSN National Player of the Week

Kaitlin Augsberger
South Adams’ Kaitlin Augsberger

(4-23-17) This week’s SSN National Softball Player of the Week is South Adams’ (Ind) Pitcher (Senior) Kaitlin Augsberger.

In three starts this week Augsberger struck out 18, 17 and 18 hitters to lead the Starfires to three wins.

On Tuesday night South Adams beat Homestead 2-0, Augsberger struck out 18 and gave up just one hit.

Starfires Head Coach Jessie O’Dell

Anytime we can go to Homestead and defeat a program of that size and ability is an accomplishment.

And then Katelin was Katelin. Homestead is a good program, but Katelin was not intimidated by who they were, but came into the game with attitude of “this is who we are!” She is a competitive kid. She throws hard and her ball moves. Plain and simple she is hard to hit. She can paste both parts of the plate. We have also defended the bunt very well too. Pitching strikes and playing defense is the name of the game. Right now we are doing a great job of that. Katelin is a big reason for that. Her hard work and time she has put into the years of lessons and summer ball has really paid off for her. She is special.

Augsberger would follow that up Thursday in the opening conference game in a 6-1 win over Bluffton with 17 K’s, giving up just 1 runs on three hits.

To finish off the week she struck out 18 in a Saturday 6-0 win over Lakewood Park with 18 K’s.

Her season stats are quite impressive:

Won-Lost: 9-0
56 innings
18 hits
17 BB
5 runs
4 earned runs
134 k’s
.50 ERA



Katelin Augsburger has signed her letter of intent to continue her playing career at the University of Saint Francis (Ind).


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SOFTBALL: ACE Charter’s (Ca) Chloe Romero Named SSN National Player of the Week

Chloe Romero – ACE Charter


(4-16-17) ACE (Academy of Careers & Exploration) Charter’s (Helendale, Calif) Chloe Romero is this week’s SSN National Softball Player of the Week.

Romero (5’5 Senior P/Inf) did two of softball’s biggest accomplishments in the same game, in a 12-0 5-inning win over Academy for Academic Excellence. First she threw a perfect game, striking out 14 of the 15 outs, next Romero would hit for the cycle and drive in five runs and scored three times.

Romero, who is a University of Texas commit,  is 10-1 on the season, with 148 K’s in 54 innings pitched and has had 5 no-hitters this season. As a hitter she is is hitting .757 and has 6 home runs on the year.

It also helps that her younger sister and catcher Charisma, helped out her big sister in the win, hitting two home runs, with four RBIs and scored three runs.  Charisma recently verbally committed to Boston College.