The Press Newspaper
In another showdown for the top spot in the league, Bethlehem No. 2 captured two games at Stony Ridge on Dec. 21 to increase its lead atop the Wood County Church Dartball League standings to a pair of games.
Dec. 21 (week 12) game results are New Rochester (8-4-5) at Salem (6-1-0); Zion Luckey (4-3-10) at Bowling Green St. Mark’s (5-2-1); Bethlehem #2 (14-1-8) at Stony Ridge (7-10-6); BG Cloverdale (3-6-4) at Pemberville Methodist (7-7-5); Bethlehem #1 (10-7-6) at BG Nazarene (4-3-3) – first game (13 innings); Pemberville Presbyterian (7-4-0) at BG Trinity United Methodist (4-3-5).
Bethlehem No. 2 is in first place at 27-9, followed by Stony Ridge (25-11), Zion Luckey (24-12), Pemberville Methodist (23-13), Bethlehem No. 1 (22-14), BG Trinity United Methodist (21-15), BG St. Mark’s (20-16), Pemberville Presbyterian (15-21), New Rochester (14-22), BG Cloverdale (10-26), BG Nazarene (8-28), and Salem (7-29).Bethlehem No. 2 extended its league-best winning streak to 15 games before dropping the middle contest of the series. The 14 runs B-2 scored in the first game was its second-highest total of the year. B-2 plated 19 back on October 26 (game one) at Pemberville Methodist.
For the season, B-2 and SR split its six games, with the visiting team winning twice each time. Zion Luckey remained three games back of the leaders after winning twice at Bowling Green St. Mark’s. ZL’s 3-2 victory in the second game ended its four-game losing streak. ZL won the season series from BGSM, 5-1.
Pemberville Methodist gained sole possession of fourth place after sweeping BG Cloverdale at home. PM, which swept the season series from BGC, is now four games out of first.
Bethlehem No. 1 and New Rochester were the other teams to post three wins on Monday. B-1 swept BG Nazerene, including a 10-4 13-inning victory in the opener, while NR blanked Salem. B-1 won all six games from BGN this year as did NR from Salem. The 13-inning game marked the longest in the league this season, surpassing the three 12-inning contests from earlier in the year of which NR was involved in two of.
Pemberville Presbyterian won its first series since November 16 (vs. NR) after winning twice at BG Trinity United Methodist. BGTUM fell to sixth and now is one game back of fifth-place B-1 and leads seventh-place BGSM by a single game.
Just seven games separate the top seven teams in the standings. B-1 and BGSM joined the ranks of the teams reaching 20 wins on Monday. BGTUM and PP split their season series. For the first time this season, there are no ties in the standings.
Express women roll
The Owens women are now 13-2 on the season, which matches the best 15 game start for the program since the 1996-97 team also went 13-2 to open the year. The 13 wins are also the most in school history before New Year's.
The leaders for the Owens women were Jasmine Blanton (Notre Dame) - 27 points, 8 rebounds; Renee Bidlack (Wayne Trace) - 13 points; Brittany Darling (Genoa) - 12 points, 12 rebounds, 6 blocks; Sarah Clark (Delphos St. John's) - 9 points, 11 rebounds.
The Owens men are now 6-9 on the season. Leaders for the Owens men were: Jonathan Dunn (St. John's Jesuit) - 20 points, 12 rebounds; Josh Robinson (Elkart Central, Ind.) - 19 points; DaLante Heard (Rogers) - 17 points, 10 rebounds; Michael Lee - 14 points; Earl Hardison - 12 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals. Those five players were the starters for the game.