Picking up right where she left off last season, Bethel College sophomore pitcher Natalie Newell tossed a one-hitter as the Pilots posted a 6-0 win over UMET to open the 2013 softball season in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Goshen High School graduate struck out 18 and walked two in the complete game victory.
She also contributed on offense with a double and an RBI.
The Pilots were a 4-1 winner in the second game of the twin bill.
Newell recorded 225 strikeouts last season, fourth best total in school history. Amy Wetzel (1995) and Brittney (Hire) Lightfoot (2007) shared the single-season mark at 244. Lightfoot (Concord) holds the career mark at 644.
The Pilots continued their spring trip with 18-1 and 8-0 wins over the University of Puerto Rico. Newell had two hits, two RBI and two runs scored and freshman McKenzie Byler (Goshen) a single in the first game. Newell pitched the second contest, tossing a no-hitter to improve to 2-0 on the young season. She faced just 15 batters over the five innings, striking out 13 and walking one.
Bethel wrapped up the trip with 6-1 and 9-1 victories over Universidad Del Turabo. Newell hurled the final two innings of the opener and entered the second to strikeout the final hitter.
• Freshman Julie Jesse (Goshen) competed for the United State Naval Academy in the Patriot League Championships at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. She placed 10th out of 22 divers in the three-meter competition with 215.80 points and 13th out of 21 divers in the one-meter event with 192.05 points. Jesse was one of only two freshmen to compete in the diving events.
• Fordham University sophomore Spencer Chappell (Northridge) placed sixth in the 100-yard backstroke (56.71), sixth in the 200 back (2:06.88) and 14th in the 200 individual medley (2:06.66) in the Atlantic 10 Championships at Geneva, Ohio.
• Senior Chelsea Hite (West Noble) certainly made the most of her final home game for the Eastern Michigan Eagles by scoring 13 points in 12 minutes of a 63-56 loss to Central Michigan. Hite made 5-of-9 field goals and 3-of-3 free throws. She also had three rebounds and a blocked shot. Prior to the game her career high was four points, a figure she had reached on four different games.
• Senior Ashlee Ort (Wawasee) scored five points to go with six rebounds and an assist for the Bethel Pilots in a 69-55 win over Roosevelt in the second round of the NAIA national championship tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.
• Grace College senior Elliot Smith (Northridge) tossed in 18 points (four 3-pointers) as the Lancers defeated California Maritime 72-53 in the NAIA national championship tournament in Point Lookout, Mo. Smith also netted 11 points (3-of-4 3-pointers) in a win over Tennessee Wesleyan.
• The Bethel Pilots (25-10) closed out the season with a 101-84 loss to No. 1 seed William Penn (Iowa) in the second round of the NAIA national championship tournament. Junior Taylor Kolbus (Goshen) played but didn’t score for the Pilots.
• Ancilla College freshman Jakyah Qaiyim (NorthWood) had four points, two rebounds and a steal for the Chargers in a 93-55 loss to Glen Oaks Community College.
• Junior Michael Kibiloski (Elkhart Memorial) scored three points and grabbed five rebounds for the IPFW Mastodons in a 74-72 win over Oakland at Rochester, Michigan.
• Senior catcher Luke Hofsommer (Northridge) singled and recorded nine putouts for the Taylor University Trojans in a 2-1 home loss to Lourdes University in the first game of a doubleheader. Sophomore Daimon Buck (Northridge) had a single in a 3-2 victory in the nightcap.
• Huntington University senior Adam Christner (Westview) singled, scored a run and stole two bases for the Foresters in a season-opening 7-3 loss to St. Catharine College at St. Catharine, Kentucky. In the second game of the twin bill, Christner had two singles, a run, an RBI and two steals in an 8-6 loss. He had a single and a steal in a 4-3 loss to the University of Northwestern Ohio.
• Junior outfielder David Yoder (Concord) went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Saint Francis Cougars dropped the second game of a doubleheader to Martin Methodist College 6-5 in Pulaski, Tenn. Saint Francis dropped the opener by a 10-2 score.
• Junior Kyle Revella (Elkhart Christian Academy) had a double and an RBI and sophomore Mike Reiner (Jimtown) a single for the Bethel College Pilots in a 4-1 loss to Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, Ga. Revella singled twice and scored a run as the Pilots dropped the nightcap 6-5. Revella had three hits and scored a run in a 4-2 win over Siena Heights University in a game played at Webber International University at Babson, Fla.
• Freshman pitcher Justin Brown (Jimtown) hurled 1 2/3 innings, allowing one hit and striking out one for the Franklin Grizzlies in a 15-4 loss to Huntington in the Huntington Classic at Montgomery, Ala.
Women’s Track and Field
• Southern Indiana sophomore Skylair Hilton (Northridge) finished ninth in the 3,000 meters in the Great Lakes Valley Conference indoor championships at the University of Indianapolis.
• Anderson University freshman Janell Bender (Westview) finished third in the 3,000 meters (19:57.43) as the Ravens hosted the Fred Wilt Memorial Indoor Invitational.
Also at the event, Huntington University junior Miranda Boyts (Fairfield) was fourth in the 5,000 (20:34.49) and sophomore Erin Rockey (Westview) third in the mile (5:38.49) and seventh in the 800 (2:29.03).
Men’s Track and Field
• Valparaiso University freshman Ethan Killian (NorthWood) placed ninth in shot put (40-7 3/4) and 18th in weight throw (36-11) in the Horizon League Championships at Youngstown, Ohio.
• Grace College freshman Collin Chupp (Concord) finished 10th in the 800 meters (2:04.94) and the mile (4:38.01) in the Trine University Indoor Invitational at Angola.
• The Bethel Pilots are ranked No. 6 in the NCCAA preseason poll. Local players are senior Jill Focht (NorthWood), junior Morgan McFarren (Westview), junior Melissa Ramer (NorthWood) and sophomore Taryn Johnson (NorthWood). Bethel had an 11-4 record last fall and open the spring portion of the schedule on April 6 with Indiana Institute of Technology.