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AW Softballers Cruise In Sectional Final Over Northview

The Anthony Wayne softball team’s seniors pose for a picture prior to the senior day game versus Oak Harbor last Saturday. The seniors are (from left) Olivia Kadel, Katie Doniere, Taylor Ramer, Brynlee Ehrsam, Gretchen Rudolph, Sam Haas, Sarah Shoemaker and Kat Specht. MIRROR PHOTO BY KEVIN FINNIGAN

BY JOEL SENSING | MIRROR SPORTS — The Anthony Wayne softball team didn’t have a problem capturing a sectional championship on May 10, defeating Northview 7-0. The No. 1-seeded Generals (17-2) put two runs on the board in the first and second innings and another three in the sixth for the victory over the No. 15 Wildcats. The win earned AW a matchup versus the fifth-seeded Whitmer Panthers on Monday, May 15 at Bowling Green State University. The Generals defeated Whitmer 6-5 on April 15. Sophomore Jenna Hardy got the shutout win in the circle for AW, striking out eight while giving up just two hits and issuing three walks. Junior Olivia Thomas finished things off in the seventh, allowing one hit. Anthony Wayne’s 10-hit attack at the plate was led by senior Katie Doniere with three hits, all singles. Sophomore Makayla Cowan (run, RBI) had two singles, while classmate Cailey Miller (two RBI), Thomas (double, RBI), seniors Taylor Ramer and Gretchen Rudolph (double) and junior Sabrina Kerschner (three runs, steal) also had hits. Sophomore Alyssa Ansara and freshmen Makenzie Turner and Maddie Hines each scored runs as courtesy runners. After starting the season 15-0, the Generals stumbled a bit in the latter part of the Northern Lakes League season, dropping games to top teams Perrysburg, Maumee and Springfield. Doniere said the team was using the adversity as motivation rather than as discouragement. “We are very hopeful going on in the tournament, as well as finishing out the NLL games,” said the Albion College commit. “The losses have motivated us as a team to work harder and be supportive of one another. We have reset and are ready to come back and face some hard teams.” Doniere said she is relishing the chance to be a regular starter in her senior season. “I’m really happy I’ve received the playing time I’ve had,” she said. “It’s really making my senior year memorable and I love getting the opportunity to do what I can to help the team.” Doniere said the team has a good shot to make some noise the rest of the spring. “As long as we remember our mechanics, keep playing as a team and continue to pick one another up, I definitely believe we will finish the season off strong,” she said.

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