Ottawa-Glandorf shortstop Stephanie Hempfling tags out a Bloom-Carroll base runner as she attempts to steals second base during their regional semi-final game Friday. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)
Ottawa-Glandorf shortstop Stephanie Hempfling tags out a Bloom-Carroll base runner as she attempts to steals second base during their regional semi-final game Friday. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)
BELLEFONTAINE — Ottawa-Glandorf knew they would have to take advantage of any opportunity they could get against Bloom-Carroll pitcher Taran Alvelo.
Alvelo was probably better than advertised as she allowed O-G just one base runner in throwing a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts to pitch the Bulldogs past O-G 4-0 in a Division III regional semi-final game at Bellefontaine. The Bulldogs (26-3) advance to face Elmwood in the regional finals Saturday. The Titans closed out their best season ever with a 20-5 record.
Alvelo was on top of her game Friday afternoon as she tossed her second straight no-hitter, the other came in the district finals Saturday, and struck out 17 Titan batters. Alvelo struck out eight of the first nine Titan batters she faced and the last six after O-G had their only base runner of the game.
O-G had a one out base runner in the fifth as freshman Emily Annesser laid a bunt down the third base line. Annesser touched first base in what appeared to a very close play that the official scorer ruled an error. Annesser and Bulldog first baseman Katie Silvia collided on the play and as the ball rolled down the right field line Annesser took second. Silvia left the game with an arm injury from the collision.
Tasha Cass grounded back to the pitcher and was out at first as Annesser moved to third base. Annesser rounded third base and BC's Kaylee Springer quickly fired the ball to third base where Annesser was tagged out as Bulldog third baseman Haley Starr had the base blocked denying Annesser a chance to get back to the base.
“I bet there's probably not many high school girls in America that have faced a  girl of that caliber,” O-G coach Troy Yant said. “Hats off to Bloom-Carroll, a very good team and pitcher. I thought our girls had a shot. We played a great defensive game despite Kristen Miller (third base) being out and we were playing six girls in different positions for this game. With six girls playing a different position in a regional semi-finals, I thought we played really well.”
Miller missed the game after injuring her shoulder making a diving catch in the Fairview game last Friday.
Bloom-Carroll scored all the runs they would need in the second inning with two outs. Silvia had an RBI single and Starr had a two run triple to left that was just out of the reach of Titan left fielder Erin Basinger. The Bulldogs added a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Megan Kitchen took the loss as she went the distance allowing four runs on five hits. She walked four and had just one strikeout.
“I thought the girls played hard, they did everything you could ask for in the field,” Yant said. “For the team to do everything to get to this point is a testament to how hard they worked. I'm very proud of our girls. It's a tough way to go out, but when you get beat by the best that's what it is. They are clearly the best team we have faced all year. I don't know what elese to say.”