Wheelersburg girls advance to softball title game

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 4, 2004

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) - Erin Faulkner struck out 11 in a three-hitter, pitching Wheelersburg to its first state softball championship game with a 2-1 win over Archbold in the Division III semifinals Thursday.

Faulkner (21-4) didn't allow a run until Britt Sevey's RBI double with none out in the bottom of the sixth. With the tying run at third, Faulkner retired the next three hitters to get out of the jam and then tossed a perfect seventh to finish her complete game.

Wheelersburg (25-5) scored on Ericka Faulkner's RBI single in the first and Brandi Etterling's sacrifice fly in the sixth.

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Kendra Stahl (19-8) allowed two runs on four hits, walked four and struck out six in seven innings for Archbold (23-8).

Gibsonburg 3, Strasburg-Franklin 0

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) - Ali Warren pitched a two-hitter and three-time defending champion Gibsonburg scored three times in the bottom the sixth inning Thursday to beat Strasburg-Franklin 3-0 in the Division IV state softball semifinals.

The Golden Bears (25-6) play for the title Saturday against Crestline, which advanced to its first state final by beating Maria Stein Marion Local 6-0. Gibsonburg defeated Crestline 1-0 in last year's semifinals.

Warren (24-6) struck out nine, walked one and didn't allow a runner to get past second base. Gibsonburg scored on Julie Beaschler's RBI single, a wild pitch and Mandy Sleeks' sacrifice fly.

Danielle Zeigler (22-3) allowed three runs on three hits in six innings for Strasburg-Franklin (25-3). Lisa Miller singled and Ashlee Locker doubled for the Tigers' only hits.