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April 14, 2021

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Bluffton netters fall to Cougars

Luke Shadle posts lone Pirate win

By Cort Reynolds
VAN WERT - The visiting Bluffton boys tennis team lost 4-1 at Van Wert Monday evening. Luke Shadle posted the lone Pirate win at second singles. Bluffton dropped to 2-2 with the defeat, while VW improved to 2-2 after the win. Bluffton plays at Bryan April 17.


5-1 Ada over Bluffton in softball • and, 5-1 Ada over Bluffton in baseball

Baseball story follows softball story -
By Cort Reynolds

BLUFFTON  - Visiting Ada defeated Bluffton 5-1 in a Northwest Conference softball contest Monday evening.

Bluffton fell to 2-7 and 1-1 in league play after the defeat. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the NWC with the victory. 

Ada senior Leona Dalton struck out 13 Lady Pirates to earn her fifth pitching victory this season.    

Dalton gave up just five hits and one run to earn her third straight win. 


Pirates stop Liberty Benton 4-2

Riley Busch smacked a triple, single and drove in a run

By Cort Reynolds
FINDLAY - The visiting Bluffton softball team split a non-league twinbill at Liberty-Benton Saturday.

The Lady Pirates ran their record to 2-6 with the split.

In game one, the Pirate girls scored two runs in the top of the seventh to rally for a 4-2 victory.

L-B led 2-0 after four innings. Bluffton tallied single runs in the fifth and sixth frames to tie it up, 2-2.

They then plated two more in their last at bat and held the Eagles scoreless in the home seventh to preserve the comeback win.


Pirate seek initial win

By Cort Reynolds
DELPHOS - The visiting Bluffton baseball team went hitless in a 10-0 loss at Delphos Jefferson in the Northwest Conference opener Thursday evening.

Two Wildcat pitchers combined to hurl a six-inning no-hitter. Braylon Scalf threw 3 1/3 hitless innings, followed by 2 2/3 no-hit innings from Tanner Vorhees. 

Scalf struck out seven Pirates and walked none, while Vorhees walked two and whiffed a pair.


Lady Pirates blast Wildcats, win NWC opener

Lauren Swartzlander cracked 1 double, 3 singles,1 RBI to help pace the Lady Pirate onslaught

By Cort Reynolds
DELPHOS - The visiting Bluffton softball team mustered a season-best offensive outburst to win its Northwest Conference opener handily 19-7 over Delphos Jefferson Thursday evening.

Bluffton improved to 1-5 overall and 1-0 in the NWC with their first win. Meanwhile, Delphos Jefferson dropped to 1-8 and 0-1 in NWC play with the lopsided loss.


Bluffton netmen edge Napoleon    

Bryan Zimmerman and Thad Mittendorf won 6-4, 6-4 at first doubles • Eden Nygaard won at first singles

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The host Bluffton boys tennis team defeated Napoleon 3-2 Wednesday evening.

The Pirate netmen improved to 2-1 this season with the close victory.

Pirate senior Eden Nygaard won 6-4, 6-4 over Ryan Otto at first singles.

The Bluffton tandem of Bryan Zimmerman and Thad Mittendorf triumphed 6-4, 6-4 at first doubles.

Pirates Eli Wagner and Braeden Ackerman won by default forfeit at second doubles.