Zehner Clubs Two Homers In Opening Inning

TIFFIN - Sophomore Camryn Zehner had the kind of big inning numbers that most softball players dream of having for just a game.

The power hitter unloaded a pair of first-inning home runs for Shelby during Monday's 19-0 demolition of Tiffin Columbian in a Northern Ohio League varsity softball clash.

The Lady Whippets, who stand at 12-6 overall and 5-2 in the conference, rolled up 10 runs during their first at bat as the visitors sent 13 batters to the plate.

Zehner drove in seven runs during the first stanza. She hammered a three-run homer and followed it up with a grand slam. For the season, Zehner has slugged eight round trippers and has 13 for her career.

"Cam made solid contact in her first two at bats," remarked SHS coach Tim Swigart.

Shelby followed the opening outburst with innings of 2, 3 and 4 to notch their fifth consecutive victory. The red and gray have won eight of their last nine games.

Freshman Hayley Kanzig fired a one-hit shutout and still faced the minimum of 15 batters in the five-inning affair. With one out in the fifth, she surrendered the only TC hit and that runner was quickly thrown out by Zehner trying to steal second.

The lefthanded pitcher finished the afternoon with two strikeouts and no walks. She also helped her cause at the plate by smacking a pair hits.

In all, the Whippets rounded up 18 hits, including a pair of doubles by Maddi Fidler. Bri Wagoner banged out a double and a single. Also collecting two hits for the winners were Kenna Goth, Emily Gove, Katie Steele and Alexa Robinson. The latter topped SHS with three runs scored.

"Katie Steele and Bri Wagoner both hit the ball well," remarked Swigart.

The Shelby coach feels the emergence of hitting at the bottom of the order has played a part in the team's surge as well as improved defensive play.

"Our 7, 8 and 9 hitters have hit the ball in three of our last four games and they were critical for us in the win over Plymouth. If they continue to hit along with the top of our order, we'll be a tough out. Our defense has really come on of late," said Swigart.

In Saturday's 7-0 win over Madison at the MVD Sports Softball Invitational at Brookside Park, Fidler belted a pair of doubles and a single while Wagoner pitched a six-hit shutout.

"Bri pitched really well. She threw strikes, kept the ball out of the middle of the plate and hit her spots," noted Swigart

Trailing 3-0 to Plymouth in the final game of the MVD event, the Whippets were down to their final three outs.

Rachel Ensman opened the SHS seventh with a double and scored on a two-bagger by Kanzig. Steele then drove home Kanzig with a triple. Jenna Holida followed with a RBI single and Raychel Sorgenfrei singled to drive in Holida with the game-winning run.

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