Pitching gems: Warren’s Schetter tosses a no-no, Pannell a 1-hitter
VINCENT – Warren softball hurler Arrian Schetter, and Warrior baseball pitcher Danny Pannell each had a memorable outing on the hill Wednesday.
Schetter tossed a no-hitter in a 2-0 triumph over Logan while Pannell fired a one-hitter in a 1-0 win against the Chieftains.
It wasn’t like the Logan Lady Chiefs didn’t have opportunities to defeat their softball arch-nemesis Warren.
They managed seven baserunners, and had two runners in scoring position in the sixth, but couldn’t get a hit – much less a run – off Schetter, who no-hit the Lady Chiefs 2-0 in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League pitcher’s duel at Warren High School.
Schetter outdueled Logan sophomore Faith Freeman, who herself held the Lady Warriors without a hit for 3 2/3 innings and kept them off the scoreboard until the last of the sixth.
“It was a great softball game,” said Logan coach Jim Huntsberger. “Both teams had one good chance to score the whole game; they (the Lady Warriors) did, and we didn’t. That was the difference.”
League-leading Warren (3-0 SEOAL) managed only a fourth-inning double by Brandi Douglass until the sixth frame and, all told, actually had fewer baserunners than did the Purple & White.
Schetter struck out nine, walked four, and hit three batters, with freshmen Grayce Huntsberger (hit by pitch twice) and Olexia McBride (two walks) each getting on base two times.
The Lady Chiefs (2-6 overall, 0-3 SEOAL) only went down in 1-2-3 order twice and got a runner to second base in each of the first three innings, but to no avail.
In the sixth, Alyssa Zaayer drew a leadoff walk and stole second, then took third on a Huntsberger groundout. Freeman walked and was replaced by courtesy runner Tiffanie Wine, who stole second to get into scoring position.
But Schetter escaped the jam with a strikeout and a groundout before Warren finally broke through in the bottom of the inning.
Hailey Murdock singled to left with one out and took second on a passed ball before Riley Benson broke up Freeman’s shutout with an RBI single to center. Benson later scored an insurance run on a squeeze bunt by Kendra Lynch.
McBride walked to open the top of the seventh but, following a line-drive double play and a strikeout, the game was over and Schetter had her no-hitter.
Freeman obviously deserved a better fate. She allowed just four baserunners – on three hits and a walk – while striking out four in by far her best performance as she battles her way back from a knee injury that has hampered the beginning of her season. Freeman threw 48 of her 69 pitches for strikes.
Warren 1, Logan 0
VINCENT – If you’re familiar with the layout of Warren High School’s baseball-softball facility, and if you wanted to watch two pitching duels for the price of one, you could have practically stood in one place and done just that Wednesday evening as four different athletes hurled pitching gems.
Pitcher Colt Woolever was really, really good for the Logan Chieftains, but his opposite number Pannell was just a tad better as the Warriors edged the Chiefs 1-0 in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League baseball contest.
“Danny made his first start on the hill, and he pitched really well,” said Warren coach Mark Farr. He’d been pitching in relief for us, so now he’s 3-0.”
Pannell relinquished just one hit – a one-out single by Woolever in the fourth frame – and issued three walks, throwing 57 of his 96 pitches for strikes and fanning 11 Chiefs in a route-going performance.
Woolever was just about as good. He scattered four Warren hits, walked only two and fanned four, and his strikes-to-balls ratio (58 of 92 pitches for strikes) was actually a bit better than Pannell.
The Warriors scored their only run in the very first inning as Woolever was getting used to the strike zone.
He walked Ethan Estes and Zach McKenna on eight pitches to open the game then, after Woolever got a strikeout and a flyout, Lance Schafer rapped a single to plate Estes with what proved to be the game’s only run.
Pannell made that lone tally stand up. He retired 15 of 16 Logan batters at one point – with Woolever’s fourth-inning single being the only damage – before issuing a couple walks in the sixth. But the Warren infield turned a double play and the Chiefs never got a runner to second base the entire game.
Logan head coach Brian Breining has been expecting a breakout performance from Woolever, and the senior came through with one on Wednesday. The Chiefs committed just two errors – none of which came into play – and are beginning to settle down after making some defensive changes over the last several days, moving Jack Music to third base from shortstop and switching Dean Jordan to short from third.
Schafer had two singles for the Warriors (4-2 overall, 2-1 SEOAL) and David Ryan and Justin Hill both added a single to account for Warren’s other hits.