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July 20, 2019

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Tennis: Pirate netmen edge Lima Senior

By Cort Reynolds
LIMA - The visiting Bluffton boys tennis team defeated Lima Senior 3-2 Monday evening.

The Pirates improved to 4-9 with their second consecutive road victory.

Pirate junior Drew Wilson won 6-2, 6-0 at first singles over Phillip Korikian. Teammate Mack Burner won a third-set tiebreaker over Jeremiah Dew 5-7, 7-5 (10-7).

Pirates Eden Nygaard and Grant Klinger teamed up to win at first doubles over Christopher Bishop and Connor Brayton by a 6-2, 6-3 score.


Track: Pirate boys 2nd in 16-team Ada Invite

Tune-up for NWC meet this weekend

By Cort Reynolds
ADA - The Ada track and field program hosted its annual 16-team Invitational meet on a wet, overcast Saturday.

Spencerville won the girls team crown by a narrow margin over Van Wert and Bath. Van Wert captured the boys team title by 50 points over second-place Bluffton.

Bluffton junior Brady Garmatter took first in the 400 meters in 52.01, and anchored the winning Pirate 4 x 800 relay quartet (8:44.92).


Boys' tennis: Pirates get a "W" vs. Tiffin Calvert

Team improves to 3-9 overall

By Cort Reynolds
TIFFIN - Visiting Bluffton edged Tiffin Calvert 3-2 in boys tennis action Friday evening.

The Pirates improved to 3-9 with the win.

Bluffton junior Drew Wilson beat Will Klepper 6-2, 6-2 at first singles.

The Pirates then took both doubles matches to pull out the team victory. Eden Nygaard and Grant Klinger rallied for a three-set win at first doubles.

The duo defeated Hannah Burns and Sydney Johnson 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Trey Boblitt abd Kenny Lovett won by forfeit at second doubles.


Softball: Bluffton blow out Wildcats, stay atop NWC

Extends win streak to 17 games

By Cort Reynolds
DELPHOS - Visiting Bluffton posted a sixth consecutive shutout as hurler Libby Schaadt blanked Delphos Jefferson 8-0 Thursday evening in a Northwest Conference softball game.

The Lady Pirates extended their win streak to 17 games with the victory. Bluffton improved their season record to 18-1 and 7-0 in NWC play to stay in first place.

The Pirate girls have one league game left vs. second-place Allen East (15-2, 5-1 NWC), a makeup bout slated for Wednesday, May 8.

DJ fell to 5-13 overall and 1-5 in NWC action with the defeat.


Lady Pirates blank Thunderbirds for 16th straight win

By Cort Reynolds
Visiting Bluffton posted a fifth consecutive whitewash as they shut out Lima Central Catholic 9-0 Monday evening in a non-conference softball game.

The Lady Pirates extended their win streak to 16 games with the lopsided win, and improved their season record to 17-1.

Junior hurler Libby Schaadt struck out a season-high 16 batters and walked none in seven scoreless innings. She gave up just two hits and increased her record to 15-1.


Bluffton girls seeded 1st

By Cort Reynolds
Riding a 15-game win streak, the Bluffton softball team was seeded first at the drawing for the 12-team Div. IV sectional/districts at Elida Sunday.

The Lady Pirates (16-1) received a first round bye as the top seed. They will host the winner of ninth seed Leipsic vs. 10th- seeded Cory-Rawson (2-13) Thursday, May 9 at 5 p.m.

Bluffton shut out C-R 10-0 April 23, and their scheduled game vs. Leipsic April 26 was rained out.