UNION TOWNSHIP | The Wheeler defense didn't have a busy day Thursday.
Pitcher Nickole Finch stuck out 17 in the Bearcats' 3-1 win over Greater South Shore Conference for Whiting.
"I'll be honest, if they get a hit I'm a little bit bummed," Finch said. "But then I'm just thinking that I'm going to strike them out next time."
The victory keeps Wheeler (3-0, 2-0) undefeated and gives them a leg up in the conference race with wins over the Oilers and North Newton.
"To be 2-0 in this conference, which I know is a lot better than people think, it's nice to get a 2-0 head start," coach Marc Bruner said.
Bruner said it's important for his pitcher to get strikeouts to take pressure off of his young defense.
"There's not a whole lot to complain about with the way Nickole pitched," Bruner said. "If you're striking out 17 or 18 a game, it's a good thing."
The Bearcats got on the board first when Shannon Eden doubled in a run in the third frame. Wheeler added a pair in the fifth, the first on freshman Angelise Vukin's double to deep left field and the second on Kristen Settele's single.
"(The young players) are all being clutch," Finch said. "Some people were worried about us (being too young), but I wasn't worried."
Whiting (1-1, 1-1) didn't score until the last inning when Destiny Smith scampered home from third as Abby Bondi was caught stealing at second.
"We had some chances, but (Finch) is a tough pitcher. I'd put her as one of the top pitchers in the area," Oilers coach Paul Laub said. "They're a pretty good team and we've got a little ways to go, but I'm pretty happy with our team."
Mollie Lovasko pitch all six innings, striking out 11, for the Oilers. Lovasko also went 2-3 with a double and a stolen base.