Portsmouth brought its bats Tuesday against Fairland. Unfortunately for Trojan fans, Dragon players stood in the way.
A four-run second inning set the tone for Fairland in a sectional semifinal, and it was just too much for Portsmouth to overcome, as the Trojans fell 6-2. John Walker and Howard Harcha accounted for five of the team's hits, with Walker going 3 for 3 with a triple and Harcha 2 for 3 with a double.
“We hit the ball at people today,” said Portsmouth coach Doug Poage. “I was pleased with how we hit it today, but everything was just at people.”
Most of the Trojan roster will return next season, however, giving Poage some hope for the future.
“That's certainly something to build on,” he said. “Hopefully, these guys will take the lessons they learned this year and apply them next year, and that means good things for us in the future.”
Portsmouth 001 010 0 - 2 6 1
Fairland 041 001 X - 6 10 0
WP: Zundel. LP: Brian Estep
Portsmouth - John Walker 3-3, 3B; Howard Harcha 2-3, 2B.
Record - Portsmouth 10-15; Fairland 13-6.
West 13, Peebles 7
West got the scoring started early, and the six-run first inning was needed against Peebles.
The Senators were able to score at least one run in every inning Tuesday night, but a late charge by the Indians looked to turn the game in their favor, scoring seven runs over the fifth and sixth innings. However, that would be the only runs they would score, and West would hold on.
“We hit the ball real well in the first inning,” said Senators coach Darren McNeil. “From there, we kind of had a letdown. When we got into the fifth and sixth innings, we gave up five walks and four errors. When you walk people and you have errors behind you, that will kill you.”
Justin Stevenson led the Senators in hitting, going 4 for 5 with three RBI. Cody McGraw had two hits and drove in four runs, and Drew Collier had two RBI. Kyle Ruggles, Trevin Coleman and Alf Bricker had an RBI apiece.
West will play host to SOC II rival Minford on Friday.
Peebles 000 043 0 - 7 4 3
West 611 113 x - 13 15 4
WP: Trevin Coleman; LP: Shoehladen
West - Justin Stevenson 4-5, 2B, 3 RBI; Kyle Ruggles 2-3, 2B, RBI; Cody McGraw 2-4, 4 RBI; Trevin Coleman 2-2, 2B, RBI; Drew Collier 1-2, 2 RBI; Alf Bricker 2-4 RBI.
Record - West 15-7.
Valley 13, West Union 3
Entering the tournament, Valley took some needed hitting practice Monday night in preparation for West Union.
The strategy worked, as the Indians slayed the Dragons in five innings. Justin Howard allowed just three hits on the evening, striking out 10. David Myers helped matters for Valley, going 2 for 3 including a three-run home run. Kyle Arnold also had two hits and three RBI, with Tyler Merritt and Eric Williams getting two hits apiece.
“Justin struggled in the second inning, but after that, he threw the ball like he is capable of throwing,” said Indians coach Dean Schuler. “I am pleased with the kids taking what they did in practice and putting it into tonight's game. We hit the ball better than we have all season.”
Valley plays host to Northwest on Friday in a sectional final.
West Union 030 00 - 3 3 0
Valley 320 62 - 13 12 1
WP: Justin Howard 10k. LP: Price.
Valley - Tyler Merritt 2-3; Eric Williams 2-4; David Myers 2-3 3-run HR; Kyle Arnold 2-3 3 RBI.
Record - Valley 13-13.
Northwest 12, Eastern Brown 5
A seven-run fourth inning was all Northwest needed, as the Mohawks avenged last year's tournament loss to Eastern Brown.
Aaron Ervin and Kylon Crabtree were the big hitters for Northwest on Tuesday, each driving in three runs. Ervin had three hits and Crabtree two, with Michael Rice and Heath Fitzpatrick also pounding out two hits each.
“We had six hits in the fourth inning, and our Nos. 1 through 4 hitters all had singles. Fitzpatrick finished that off with a triple,” said Northwest coach Keith Detwiller. “Defensively, we had some errors, but we made up for that on the mound with Michael getting 12 fly-ball outs.”
The Mohawks travel to Valley for a sectional final on Friday.
Eastern Brown 010 020 2 - 5 7 2
Northwest 000 705 x - 12 12 4
WP: Michael Rice. LP: Martin.
Eastern Brown - McKenzie 2-4; J. Ratliff 1-4 3B.
Northwest - Michael Rice 2-5; Aaron Ervin 3-4 3 RBI; Heath Fitzpatrick 2-4 3B; Kylon Crabtree 2-4 2B, 3 RBI.
Record - Northwest 13-11.
Wheelersburg 13, Oak Hill 1
It was Calebb Proehl night Tuesday as Wheelersburg downed Oak Hill in a sectional semifinal.
The senior was a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate, including a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth that brought the game to an early end. Proehl had seven RBI on the night, and scored three times.
“I thought that our hitters had a good approach at the plate tonight,” said Pirates coach Michael Estep. “For the most part, we kept a gap-to-gap approach. I though that Jordan (Russell) got stronger as the game went along, and that is encouraging. We were balanced through the lineup, which I was glad to see.”
Drew Sampson was also 4 for 4 at the plate, scoring twice, and Wes Lyon was 3 for 3 with two RBI. Dustin Cook had a triple and drove in two runs, and Brandon White was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and a run batted in.
Wheelersburg will play host to the winner of South Point and Ironton on Friday.
Oak Hill 010 00 - 1 2 3
Wheelersburg 300 46 - 13 15 0
WP: Jordan Russell; LP: Hull.
Oak Hill - Kidd 2B, Stiltner 1-2 R.
Wheelersburg - Drew Sampson 4-4 2R; Brandon White 2-3 2R, RBI; Calebb Proehl 4-4 GS, 2B, 3R, 7 RBI; Dustin Cook 1-2 3B, 2 RBI; Wes Lyon 3-3 2 RBI.
Record - Wheelersburg 22-5.
West 8, West Union 0
Cassie Erlenwein was nearly unhittable Tuesday night, as West shut out West Union in the tournament.
Striking out 16, Erlenwein allowed just one hit as the Senators won 8-0. Erlenwein also had three hits of her own, including a triple and a home run, driving in four runs. Taylor Messer had two hits, and Lynne Current, Chelsey Collier and Charlee Graf had a hit apiece.
West plays host to Eastern Brown in a sectional final on Friday.
West Union 000 000 0 - 0 1 0
West 060 101 X - 8 8 2
WP: Cassie Erlenwein (9-0). LP: Minton
West - Cassie Erlenwein 3-4, 3B, HR, 4 RBI; Lynne Current 1-3; Chelsey Collier 1-2; Taylor Messer 2-3, 3B; Charlee Graf 1-2.
Symmes Valley 5, Green 4
Symmes Valley earned a share of its fourth straight SOC title, but it wasn't easy against Green.
Down 4-3 entering the top of the seventh, Mandi Estep drove in a run on a triple, scoring the winning run herself right afterward on an Emily Bowling sacrifice fly. Rebecca Capper added a two-run home run in the top of the fifth.
“It was a well-played game from both sides,” said Lady Vikings coach Odie Estep. “It is really nice for our four seniors to win at least a share of the SOC title, which is their fourth in a row.”
Symmes Valley 001 020 2 - 5 6 2
Green 010 030 x - 4 5 2
WP: Mandi Estep. LP: Barrett.
Symmes Valley - Mandi Estep 2-4 3B, RBI; Rebecca Capper 2-4 HR, 2 RBI; Emily Bowling GW RBI.
Green - Barrett 1-3 3B, 2 RBI.
Record - Symmes Valley 20-3 (13-1).
Wheelersburg 5, New Boston 0
Wheelersburg lost just five games all match to New Boston, picking up another win and solidifying an SOC championship.
“We just got beat by a very good Wheelersburg team,” said Tigers coach Mary Waugh. “The kids played hard and had a good time.”
No. 1 singles - Tyler Adams def. Kelsey Toft 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 singles - Chap Pierron def. Sabrina Taylor 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 singles - David Provaznik def. Robert Waugh 6-0, 6-4.
No. 1 doubles - Dillon MacDonald/Keith Caudill def. Nathan Seth/Corey Bussler 6-0, 6-1.
No. 2 doubles - Trevor Miller/Alex Provaznik def. Brent Potter/Amber Rosier 6-0, 6-0.
Record - Wheelersburg 17-1 (11-1); New Boston 6-5.