JEROMESVILLE — Kylie Ringler was dealing Friday at Hillsdale.
Crestview’s ace struck out the first seven batters she faced and limited the Falcons to three hits in a 7-0 shutout victory.
The Kent State-bound Ringler struck out 15 to improve to 15-1 on the season. She didn’t allow a hit until the third and worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the fourth before retiring nine of the final 10 batters she faced.
The Cougars (16-4) scored three runs in the top of the first, more than enough support for Ringler.
“I know Hillsdale always has a good team. Having those runs definitely helped me settle into my pitching,” Ringler said. “We knew Hillsdale was going to give us a good game.”
Autumn Bailey got things going for the Cougars with a leadoff double and came around to score on a Hillsdale throwing error. Kristin Crider delivered a two-run double for a quick 3-0 advantage.
“The biggest thing for us is we hit the ball. There’s been games when we’ve only had one girl hitting,” Crestview coach Aaron Goon said. “Kristin Crider got the big hit in the first inning and scored a couple of runs.
“We did a really good job of putting the ball in play.”
The Cougars put it away with three more runs in the top of the fourth. Bailey again got things started with a one-out single and stole second before coming home on Zoe Metzger’s run-scoring double. Mary Leeper stroked a two-out double and both Metzger and Leeper scored on Lindsey Them’s single to center.
The Cougars added their seventh run in the seventh on Bailey’s RBI-single.
“I just came in with a good mindset,” said Bailey, who was 4-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, two stolen bases and two runs scored. “Just staying confident in the box and hitting the pitches I knew I could drive.
“Hillsdale is a really good program and they have been forever. It was really good for us to get a lead right away.”
Hillsdale’s best scoring opportunity came in the fourth. Taylor Morgan belted a one-out double before Emma Fowler followed with an infield single. Ringler induced a groundout and a popout to put out the fire.
“She kept us off-balance the whole game,” Hillsdale coach Hannah Moore said of Ringler. “We dug ourselves a deep hole and with that kind of pitching it’s hard to come back.”
Ringler helped her own cause with a pair of singles. Them and Crider each had a single and a double.
Molly Goon had a single for the Falcons (10-9).