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MONTICELLO – Woodlan’s softball team knows all about the frustration that a good, overpowering pitcher can provide.

The Warriors, after all, have Hannah Robbins.

So they couldn’t grimace too much after their 7-1 loss Saturday night to Andrean at the Class 3A Twin Lakes Semistate. Woodlan was stymied in the semistate title game by senior pitcher Nicole Steinbach, a Ball State recruit.

Steinbach gave up four hits, struck out nine and walked two in seven innings.

The only run she gave up came in the bottom of the sixth inning, when junior Logan Smead hit an RBI groundout that scored sophomore Haley Hostetler.

“She’s definitely a good pitcher, one of the best that we’ve seen so far,” said Woodlan senior Madelynne Hostetler, who hit a double in the sixth inning for her team’s only extra-base hit.

“If you talk to anybody who was in a game like that, they’ll tell you they left plenty of opportunities out there. But that’s not to take anything away from (the 59ers); they hit the ball well, pitched well and fielded well. They’re a good team.”

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.