By BRUCE HEFFLINGER

Sports Writer

VAN WERT - Paulding dominated Van Wert in softball on Saturday, sweeping the host Cougars 5-0 and 10-1.

Halyee Dominique threw a three-hit shutout in the opening game and Mallory Taylor tossed a three-hitter in the nightcap. Dominique also pounded out three hits in game two, including a home run.

“We had two good wins today,” Paulding coach Matt Carr said after the Panthers improved to 9-3 on the year. “Haylee and Mallory both pitched very well and our defense was better today.”

All nine starters had at least one hit for Paulding in the second game with Ashlynn Rice joining Dominique with three hits in the contest. Gabbie Stallbaum added a single and double, Jalynn Parrett had two singles and scored three runs and Asia Arellano hit two singles while scoring twice.

“We continue to have great approaches at the plate,” added Carr, whose team rebounded from a tough Northwest Conference loss to Bluffton on Thursday. “I was glad to see us come back focused today and take care of business.”

Stallbaum hit a double and single and Leigha Egnor had two singles in game one for Paulding, each driving in two runs. Morgan Iler added a double and Arellano scored a pair of runs.

Linescores

Paulding    200 000 3 - 5 10 1

Van Wert   000 000 0 - 0   3 0

Winning pitcher: Haylee Dominique (7 innings, 0 runs, 3 hits, 10 strikeouts, 0 walks).

Losing pitcher: Paige Moonshower (7 innings, 5 runs, 10 hits, 3 strikeouts, 4 walks).

Leading hitters: (Paulding) - Jalynn Parrett single; Asia Arellano single, 2 runs; Haylee Dominique single; Gabbie Stallbaum double, triple, 2 RBIs; Leigha Egnor 2 singles, 2 RBIs; Jen Stahl single; Morgan Iler double; Kaela Lucas single. (Van Wert) - Lauren Moore single; Adrianna Grothouse single; Jada Buckner double.



Paulding   220 004 2 - 10 16 2

Van Wert  001 000 0 -   1   3 4

Records: Paulding 9-3, Van Wert 1-9.

Winning pitcher: Mallory Taylor (7 innings, 1 run, 3 hits, 2 strikeouts, 3 walks).

Losing pitcher: Lauren Moore 7 innings, 10 runs, 6 earned, 16 hits, 3 strikeouts, 2 walks).

Leading hitters: (Paulding) - Jalynn Parrett 2 singles, 3 runs; Asia Arellano 2 singles, 2 runs; Haylee Dominique 2 singles, home run, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Gabbie Stallbaum single, double, 2 RBIs; Jen Stahl single; Leigha Egnor single; Ashlynn Rice 3 singles; Morgan Iler single; Mallory Taylor single. (Van Wert) - Alex Metz single; Lauren Moore 2 singles.