Softball: Fort Loramie falls 10-7 to Mechanicsburg in district final


Redskins finish 17-11 after losing slugfest district final against Indians

By Bryant Billing - [email protected]



From left to right, Fort Loramie seniors Delaney Higgins, Aubrey Baker and Lauren Bergman pose for a photo shortly after accepting a Division IV district runner-up trophy following a 10-7 loss to Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.

From left to right, Fort Loramie seniors Delaney Higgins, Aubrey Baker and Lauren Bergman pose for a photo shortly after accepting a Division IV district runner-up trophy following a 10-7 loss to Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.


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Fort Loramie shortstop Autumn Turner throws to first base during a Division IV district final against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.


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Fort Loramie's Jaden Rose swings a pitch during a Division IV district semifinal against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.


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Fort Loramie senior Lauren Bergman throws a pitch during a Division IV district final against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles. Bergman, who pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up one earned run on three hits and one walk, is one of three seniors the squad will lose to graduation.


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Fort Loramie's Ava Turner fouls off a pitch during a Division IV district final against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.


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Fort Loramie's Aubrey Baker throws to second base after fielding a hit in center field during a Division IV district final against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.


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Fort Loramie's Kate Ruhenkamp throws a pitch during a Division IV district final against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.


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Mechanicsburg players pose for a team photo after defeating Fort Loramie 10-7 in a Division IV district final on Friday in Versailles. The Indians will play the Bradford/Fayetteville Perry winner in a regional semifinal on Wednesday.


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Fort Loramie players crowd around home plate and prepare to celebrate with Lauren Bergman, left, after Bergman hit a three-run home run in the first inning of a Division IV district final loss to Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles. It was one of two three-run homers the Redskins hit.


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VERSAILLES — Fort Loramie scored the most runs any team has this season against state-ranked Mechanicsburg in a Division IV district final on Friday.

The Redskins couldn’t quite keep up in a 10-7 loss to the Indians, but coach Brad Turner said the close result is another display of the resiliency the team has shown this season.

“Being able to come back says a lot about the girls and what we’ve tried to get them to believe,” Turner said. “It was good to see.”

Fort Loramie hit two three-run home runs on an extremely windy night, but Mechanicsburg took a 7-4 lead in the third and led by at least three runs the rest of the way to earn its fourth consecutive district title and regional berth.

The Indians (19-2), which were ranked No. 3 in D-IV in the most recent state coaches association poll, hadn’t surrendered more than six runs in a game this year.

They have allowed six runs twice, five once and four twice — opponents have scored three runs or less in the other 16 games.

Fort Loramie finished with 10 hits on Friday, including a three-run home run by Lauren Bergman in the first inning and a three-run home run by Jaden Rose in the sixth.

Mechanicsburg scored four runs in the top of the first, but the Redskins responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning, three which came on Bergman’s home run.

“We were hoping it was going to be this kind of ball game, where we would be able to absorb a punch,” Turner said. “We knew they could hit. They’re a very good team. I felt like we took that punch, and Lauren hit that three-run home run in the bottom of the first, and we had a ball game.

“It stayed that way for a while. They got away from us late, but we made it interesting late, too.”

The Redskins finish 17-11 overall. They’ll lose three seniors to graduation: Delaney Higgins, Aubrey Baker and Bergman.

It was the squad’s first district final appearance since 2015 and its fourth overall appearance.

“We had the seniors put together a mission statement at the beginning of the year for us, and the phrase ‘taking the program to another level,’ was it,” Turner said. “… For us to get back here after five, six years where we failed to win many tournament games, is a great accomplishment. They got some excitement going.”

The Indians scored four runs on five hits in the first. Baker got the Redskins going in the bottom half with a double with one out, then Claire Hoying hit an RBI single to center field to cut the gap to 4-1.

After Aubrey Turner hit a line out for the second out, Autumn Turner hit a line-drive single to center, and Barhorst hit a blast to left which sailed over the left-field fence to tie it.

The Indians had three hits in the second, but a double play helped Fort Loramie escape the inning without any damage.

Mechanicsburg took control in the third, though, by scoring three runs on three hits and one walk.

The Indians led 10-4 after scoring four runs off four hits in the sixth, including a 2-RBI double by Emily Conley.

Fort Loramie cut into the gap in the bottom of the sixth. Bergman led off the inning with a single, then Ella Hoelscher hit a single to center field.

Rose then hit a home run to left to cut the gap to three runs again, but Mechanicsburg retired the next three batters to limit further damage, then retried Fort Loramie in order in the seventh to secure the win.

Mechanicsburg finished with 17 hits and committed one error. Fort Loramie committed three errors.

The Indians were aggressive on the bases; they finished with 10 stolen bases. However, Fort Loramie several times took advantage of baserunning miscues and runners trying to extend hits.

“We weren’t getting them out in the batter’s box, and they aided us with some of that base running,” Turner said. “They advanced on some of them. That’s what they do. They’ve got incredible speed. …They’re a complete team and are very-well coached.”

Kate Ruhenkamp started in the circle, was relieved by Bergman in middle innings and was reinserted later.

Ruhenkamp pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up seven earned runs on 14 hits and two walks while striking out six batters. Bergman pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up one earned run on three hits and one walk while striking out one batter.

Bergman and Rose each finished 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs. Baker was 2 for 3 with one double and one walk.

Jasalyn Sartin pitched a complete game for Mechanicsburg. She allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out six batters.

Leadoff hitter Addie DeLong was 4 for 4 with one double and one walk. Elyse Wilson was 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs for the Indians while Sartin was 3 for 5 with 4 RBIs.

Mechanicsburg will face the winner of Bradford vs. Fayetteville Perry in a regional semifinal on Wednesday at Northmont High School.

From left to right, Fort Loramie seniors Delaney Higgins, Aubrey Baker and Lauren Bergman pose for a photo shortly after accepting a Division IV district runner-up trophy following a 10-7 loss to Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/05/web1_BPB_4451-Edit.jpgFrom left to right, Fort Loramie seniors Delaney Higgins, Aubrey Baker and Lauren Bergman pose for a photo shortly after accepting a Division IV district runner-up trophy following a 10-7 loss to Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.Bryant Billing | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie shortstop Autumn Turner throws to first base during a Division IV district final against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/05/web1_BPB_4430-Edit.jpgFort Loramie shortstop Autumn Turner throws to first base during a Division IV district final against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.Bryant Billing | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Jaden Rose swings a pitch during a Division IV district semifinal against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/05/web1_BPB_4321-Edit.jpgFort Loramie’s Jaden Rose swings a pitch during a Division IV district semifinal against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.Bryant Billing | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie senior Lauren Bergman throws a pitch during a Division IV district final against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles. Bergman, who pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up one earned run on three hits and one walk, is one of three seniors the squad will lose to graduation.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/05/web1_BPB_4418-Edit.jpgFort Loramie senior Lauren Bergman throws a pitch during a Division IV district final against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles. Bergman, who pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up one earned run on three hits and one walk, is one of three seniors the squad will lose to graduation.Bryant Billing | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Ava Turner fouls off a pitch during a Division IV district final against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/05/web1_BPB_4360-Edit.jpgFort Loramie’s Ava Turner fouls off a pitch during a Division IV district final against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.Bryant Billing | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Aubrey Baker throws to second base after fielding a hit in center field during a Division IV district final against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/05/web1_BPB_4248-Edit.jpgFort Loramie’s Aubrey Baker throws to second base after fielding a hit in center field during a Division IV district final against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.Bryant Billing | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie’s Kate Ruhenkamp throws a pitch during a Division IV district final against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/05/web1_BPB_4218-Edit.jpgFort Loramie’s Kate Ruhenkamp throws a pitch during a Division IV district final against Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles.Bryant Billing | Sidney Daily News

Mechanicsburg players pose for a team photo after defeating Fort Loramie 10-7 in a Division IV district final on Friday in Versailles. The Indians will play the Bradford/Fayetteville Perry winner in a regional semifinal on Wednesday.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/05/web1_BPB_4460-Edit-2.jpgMechanicsburg players pose for a team photo after defeating Fort Loramie 10-7 in a Division IV district final on Friday in Versailles. The Indians will play the Bradford/Fayetteville Perry winner in a regional semifinal on Wednesday.Bryant Billing | Sidney Daily News

Fort Loramie players crowd around home plate and prepare to celebrate with Lauren Bergman, left, after Bergman hit a three-run home run in the first inning of a Division IV district final loss to Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles. It was one of two three-run homers the Redskins hit.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2022/05/web1_BPB_4293-Edit-3.jpgFort Loramie players crowd around home plate and prepare to celebrate with Lauren Bergman, left, after Bergman hit a three-run home run in the first inning of a Division IV district final loss to Mechanicsburg on Friday in Versailles. It was one of two three-run homers the Redskins hit.Bryant Billing | Sidney Daily News
Redskins finish 17-11 after losing slugfest district final against Indians

By Bryant Billing

[email protected]

Contact Bryant Billing at (937) 538-4818, or follow @SidneyOHSports on Twitter and @BryantBillingSDN on Facebook.

Contact Bryant Billing at (937) 538-4818, or follow @SidneyOHSports on Twitter and @BryantBillingSDN on Facebook.