Courtney Knippen and the Wapakoneta softball team pounced on St. Marys pitching from the start to take any drama out of the game against its Auglaize County rivals.
The Redskins sent 15 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning en route to a 15-1 run-rule victory in five innings at K.C. Geiger Park on Friday.
Knippen started and finished the scoring outburst with a pair of extra-base hits.
Knippen drove in four in the first inning, doubling in a pair in her first at-bat to start the scoring and then hitting a home run over the left field wall to cap the inning’s scoring at 10-0.
Knippen added an RBI groundout in the fifth to finish the game with five runs batted in.
Wapakoneta’s sophomore pitcher Renee Lovett made the big early lead stand up, limiting a Roughrider line-up that scored 10 runs the night before against Coldwater to just one run on five hits. Lovett struck out three and walked one in the five-inning complete game victory.
St. Marys centerfielder Kiley Schamp was 2-for-3 at the plate.
St. Marys scored its lone run in the third on a double steal attempt. Mallory Kill scored from third as Schamp was thrown out on a steal attempt at second base to make it 10-1.
The draw for the Division II sectional tournament that both the Redskins and Riders compete in will be held on Sunday afternoon.