Monroeville, New London share FC softball crown

Lady Eagles use a three-run seventh inning to defeat Ladycats, 5-3
Norwalk Reflector Staff
May 30, 2014


A three-run seventh inning lifted the Monroeville softball team to a 5-3 win over New London and a share of the Firelands Conference crown.

Both teams finished 12-2 in conference play.

Ashley Schaffer’s walk-off two-run homer put the Eagles past the Ladycats.

“It was a complete team win,” Monroeville head coach Abe Helmstetter said. “This is the first time Monroeville softball has won or shared a Firelands Conference title. I am very proud of the team for good attitude and effort that they have had throughout the season.”

Ashley Kraft earned the win for the Eagles. She struck out and walked six each.

Alex Bowers, who recorded six strikeouts and no walks, suffered the loss for the Ladycats.

It was the second loss in as many days for New London, which advanced all the way to the regional semifinal before losing 2-1 in nine innings to Bloomdale Elmwood on Wednesday.

“First of all, hats off to Monroeville and Abe,” New London softball coach Chip Motolik said. “They’ve done a great job. I didn’t do a good job coaching tonight. I didn’t get the girls mentally prepared after our loss last night. But they battled tonight,” he added. “There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. I’ve got a lot of great young ladies.”

Rylee Helmstetter, Macey Key and Alex Schaffer all hit triples for the Eagles, and Schaffer touched home once. Haven Helmstetter had two singles, while Halle Sattler and Haley Widman added one each. Haven Helmstetter and Sattler each scored a run.

Elise Chaffins paced New London with a pair of singles and an RBI. Taylor Moody had the only extra-base hit with a double. Rylee Haswell and Bowers each singled and Kelly Norrod chipped in with an RBI.

“We’ve got three seniors on this team with Norrod, Moody and Bowers, and they have represented New London with great leadership,” Motolik said. “They are great young ladies and that’s what really matters in life.”

New London finished the season 21-7 overall.

“We will be looking to use this year as a spring board for next year” Motolik said. “We’ve got a lot of players who can step up to it.”

NL    000     102     0 — 3    5    1
MV    000     200     3 — 5    7    1
WP: Kraft, LP: Bowers. 2B: Moody (NL); 3B: Helmstetter (M), Key (M), Alex Schaffer (M); HR: Ash. Schaffer (M)



This article should have been alot bigger and on the front of the paper. The Eagles beat New London and ending their 82 game winning streak and then beat them a second time to get a share of the FC title, that big now. The coach, and i say that with little respect,is stated in the article "i didnt get the girls mentally prepared", so is that an excuse why they lost? I hope not, because the way i understand it, the Eagles hadnt played for a week and they got the job done. I also hear after the game was over, there was some bad
things being said about some Monroeville fans. Not very sportsmanship like. No wonder the Lady Eagles received the sportsmanship award for 3 times now. The coaches for the Eagles should be proud of themselves for teaching their girls this. Hats off Lady Eagles. I hope you have many more years of great winning.