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Young Antwerp softball team in full swing for postseason

By Eric Dutkiewicz, 05/14/19, 10:00PM EDT


Division IV Bryan District | Championship Final
(1) Antwerp 1
(5) Ayersville 0
ANT: 1st district title since 2011
Division IV Sectional Championship Final
(1) Antwerp 10
(4) Edgerton 2
Division IV Sectional| Semi-Final Final
(1) Antwerp 10
(8) Holgate 0

ANTWERP, Ohio – Krista Ordway admits she’s seen a season like this coming over the last few years.

“People have been telling me this class coming in has big expectations,” Ordway, third-year Antwerp softball head coach, tells about her 2018-19 team. “Seeing all that potential we have is more exciting every year.”

Antwerp’s lineup card reads of a young team: 1 senior, 8 juniors, 4 sophomores and 8 freshmen. Headlining that youth movement is Carlie Hanes. The junior pitcher threw 4 no-hitters—yes, four—during the regular season; including a state record-tying 21 strikeouts March 26 against Hicksville. Hanes averages 12.5 strikeouts per game, and has given up only 31 hits in 88 innings all season.

“I honestly started pitching when I was younger, because they got the ball all the time,” Hanes jokes. “It’s still shocking to my family members that I broke the record still, and have had so much success. I already have.”

College softball programs have taken notice of Hanes’ success, with coaches reaching out to her and even scouting Antwerp softball games.

“That just goes to prove to you that hard work really pays off,” Hanes adds.

Like phenomenal pitching, Antwerp’s bats have been relentless, as well. The Lady Archers have outscored opponents 160-10 this season. They have shutout foes in 13 of 17 wins and won by a 10-run mercy rule in a total of 10.

“It’s fun coming out every game and being ready for everything,” junior catcher Karsyn Brumett says. “We’re already for anything, and we’re always ready to take on whomever.”

While Antwerp hit a snag with back-to-back Green Meadows Conference losses in April, the Archers have rebounded in May to clinch their third-straight OHSAA Division IV sectional championship. Up next, a district semi-final match-up against Edgerton at Bryan High School.

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