There is no doubt that Payton Gottshall is on her way to becoming one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the Bowling Green softball program. The former Perry High School star — who helped the Panthers win a state title in 2018 — also happens to be one of the best in the Mid-American Conference and in all of Division I.
The 5-foot-9 sophomore right-hander has been the Falcons’ best pitcher since joining and entered the top 12 of seven career pitching stats this year. And it’s even better.
Gottshall showed she belonged in the elite after a 3-0 loss to No. 22-ranked Michigan on Tuesday. She started and worked five innings, allowing seven hits and three runs, two earned, with three walks and seven strikeouts.
During the season, she is 9-6 and two saves with a 1.62 ERA in 17 games, including 13 starts with 10 complete games. In 90.2 innings, Gottshall allowed 65 hits and 28 runs, 21 earned, with 19 walks and 146 strikeouts. Strikeouts and wins rank first and ERA ranks second in the league. Nationally, she ranks 11th in strikeouts in seven innings (11.3) and 14th in total strikeouts.
Gottshall’s resume includes two of three perfect games in Bowling Green history, including one against Green Bay on March 5, a 13-0 victory in five innings, where she struck out all 15 batters she faced. . Last season, she was named the MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year and was named to the All-MAC First Team.
David Carr (Perry) The Iowa State redshirt junior didn’t defend his 157-pound NCAA Division I wrestling championship on March 18-19 in Detroit, but he did earn All-American honors finishing third. It was his third All-American certificate. Carr went 7-1 but was beaten 2-1 in the second round. He came back to win six straight games, including a 7-2 decision over No. 10 Peyton Robb of Nebraska in the third-place game. He finished the season with a 28-1 record. Last season, Carr went 20-0 and was named Big 12 Wrestler of the Year. He was also a freshman All-American when he was seeded third when the 2020 championship was vacated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moldovan Maxwell (Green) The second had a great showing for the Ohio State men’s golf team at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational Monday and Tuesday in Palm City, Fla. Moldovan finished tied for 14th out of 81 golfers with rounds of 69, 69, 71 for a 4-under 209. It was his seventh consecutive round at par or better and he has finished in the Top 20 five times this season. His efforts led the Buckeyes to a sixth-place finish out of 15 schools with a 12-under-par 840.
Kierstan Bell (McKinley), Taylor Mikesell (Jackson) The two all-time leading scorers in Stark County history were among five finalists for the Ann Meyers-Drysdale Award for Division I’s top shooter. UConn’s Christyn Williams was announced as the winner Friday. Now, Bell and Mikesell have been nominated for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American team. Bell averaged 22.8 points to help Gulf Coast Florida go 30-3. The Eagles won their first round game of the NCAA Tournament before losing 89-65 to Maryland in the second round. Mikesell averaged 18.6 points per game for Ohio State, making 114 of 240 3-point attempts (47.5%). The Buckeyes finished 25-7, reaching the Sweet 16 before losing 66-63 to Texas. Bell, a junior, said earlier in the year that she would be in the WNBA draft. Mikesell said earlier this week that she would return to Ohio State.
Luc Reicosky (Hoover) Junior John Carroll won All-American honors for the first time. He did so by scoring a sudden decision victory at 157 pounds in the seventh-place game against a familiar foe at the NCAA Division III Tournament on March 12 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Reicosky defeated Darien Estevez of the University of Chicago 2-1 to earn his first All-American certificate. The pair had met three times prior to the match, all of which ended in a sudden victory. They parted ways during the regular season, and Estevez sent Reicosky to the consolation round with a 3-1 victory in the NCAA Tournament.
Melissa Holzopfel (Perry) The freshman is a solid all-around player for the Cleveland State softball team (9-15, 5-1 Horizon League). Holzopfel leads the league with 107 strikeouts. The right-hander is 6-9 with a 3.71 ERA. She has eight full sets. In 85 innings, she allowed 79 hits and 52 runs, including 45 earned. At bat, Holzopfel is hitting .300 (24 for 80) with five doubles and a home run. She plays first base when she’s not throwing and hasn’t made an error on 83 chances.
Lauren McMillin (Lake) The junior outfielder hits .429 for the Ashland softball team (6-11. 0-4 G-MAC). McMillin has 21 hits on 49 at bats with three doubles, a triple, a home run, 10 runs and seven RBIs. On the pitch, she managed 32 clear chances. She hit her home run in an 8-3 win over No. 7 Grand Valley State on March 21.
Kage Williams (Green) The 6-foot-2, 194-pound junior midfielder started all nine games for the Seton Hill, Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team (5-4, 2-0 Great Mideast Athletic Conference). Williams had a team-high five ground balls and two for turnovers in a 22-7 league win over Davis & Elkins on March 23. He has 26 balls on the ground and six have caused turnovers. He notched his second career goal in an 11-7 loss to No. 4 Indianapolis on Feb. 26.
Cody Wilson (Hoover) The speedy junior outfielder leads the Hiram baseball team in batting with an average of .404. He has 19 hits on 47 at bats with two doubles, 13 runs and four RBIs. He’s 8-for-12 in stolen bases for the Terriers (6-7). In a 9-6 non-league win over Thiel on March 24, Wilson had two hits and two runs. He has a six-game hitting streak, going 11-for-27 in the streak. On the field, Wilson managed 27 clear chances.
Tim Orr (Lake) The sophomore catcher/outfielder hits .404 for the Tiffin baseball team (14-13, 9-3 G-MAC). Orr has 34 hits on 83 at-bats with six doubles and team highs in triples (5), homers (6) and RBIs (35). In a 16-6 win at Ashland in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Wednesday, Orr hit a triple and a homer with two walks, four runs and four RBIs.