Caston’s Tierney Rentschler enjoyed quite a senior year in athletics.
She started off by winning the Midwest Conference golf meet by seven strokes with a 92 at Pond View Golf Course in the fall. She then was a starter on the Comets’ girls basketball team that posted its best season in 18 years this winter. She then started on the softball team this spring that finished with a No. 6 ranking in Class A, the Comets’ highest ever ranking in the sport.
Rentschler started at first base and catcher for the softball team that finished with a 17-9 record.
The Comets were rolling right along until the team’s ace pitcher, sophomore Tori Rentschler, Tierney’s younger sister, suffered a back injury that hampered her on the field.
Tori tried to fight through it but couldn’t quite finish the season. She pitched the final three weeks with a stress fracture in her lower back and missed the tournament. She is now wearing a back brace and hopes to return to pitching later this summer.
“She was a huge aspect of the team,” Tierney said of her sister. “With Tori not being able to play people had to play different positions at the most important time of the year.”
The Comets went just 3-5 in their final eight games of the year after a 14-4 start. One of their late wins was a 6-1 win over South Newton with Tori on the mound. After a 12-10 win over West Central in sectional play, the Comets lost to South Newton in a semifinal.
Tierney said a bad start in the South Newton game took the wind of out the sails of her team.
Tierney hit .301 with eight doubles, 23 RBIs and 17 runs scored for the Comets this season.
In basketball Tierney was a starter on the Caston squad that went 14-7 and advanced to the sectional finals. The Comets allowed just 35.3 ppg for the season, which was eighth in Class A and 13th in the state overall defensively.