Clay, Minford shine over weekend


By Kevin Colley - kcolley@civitasmedia.com



Over the past several years, it is evident that the softball talent across the Tri-State area is as legitimate as it comes.

And when one looks at the softball programs at Clay and Minford, one can certainly see that talent in spades across both units. The Portsmouth and West baseball programs also picked up successful results over the weekend due to their own great efforts.

The success of those programs over the weekend, along with many more efforts, are featured in the latest version of the Daily Times’ roundup!

Saturday

SOFTBALL

Clay 6, West 0

The Clay Panthers continued their tremendous start to the 2017 campaign by moving to 6-1 on the year as the Lady Panthers defeated West, 6-0, and Coal Grove, 15-1, in a tri-match held on Saturday at West.

Hannah Oliver led the efforts for Clay (6-1) against West as the sophomore put together a complete game performance and struck out a half-dozen West batters on the day, while Chloi Hayslip put together arguably her best game of the year to date by going 3-for-3 at the plate with a double, two RBI, and a run scored.

In addition to Hayslip, Julia Swain and Shaelynn Vassar each responded with multi-hit days, with the latter driving in a run and scoring a run on her own. Jensen Warnock, Bre Donahoe, Elisa Collins, Cassidy Wells, and Lila Brown all recorded one hit in the contest, as well, with Warnock (two RBI) and Collins (one RBI) accounting for the final trio of runs.

Even in the 6-0 loss, however, West (3-2) didn’t play all that bad, as Taylor Coleman pitched a complete game for the Lady Senators, while Coleman, along with Kayleigh Coleman and Terra Butcher, combined to go 4-for-9 at the plate.

As of press time, Clay was scheduled to play Notre Dame on Monday evening, while West’s contest at home against Oak Hill was postponed. Clay will play at South Webster on Tuesday evening, while West will travel to Oak Hill on Wednesday.

Clay 15, Coal Grove 1 (F/5)

In its contest against Coal Grove, Clay preceded its victory against West with a 15-1 pounding of the Lady Hornets earlier on Saturday.

Like Oliver, Swain was stellar in the circle as the junior, once again, pitched a complete-game performance and struck out seven Coal Grove batters while walking only two in five innings of work. Swain, like Oliver, moved to 3-0 on the season with the win.

At the plate, the Lady Panthers received excellent contributions from Warnock and Collins, as the pair went 6-for-7 at the plate with a double, six RBI, and five runs between the pair. Wells added perhaps the game’s biggest hit with an inside the parker that drove in three en route to a 2-for-2 performance at the plate, and Donahoe, Oliver, and Vassar each went 2-for-4 while combining to score five runs in all. Swain, along with Lila Brown, added three RBI to complete the efforts for Clay.

Minford 17, Hillsboro 1 (F/5)

Behind patient hitting and plate discipline, the Minford Lady Falcons rolled to an easy victory, 17-1, over Hillsboro in a tri-match held at Minford on Saturday afternoon and followed up that effort with a 6-2 win over Chillicothe in the second affair.

The Lady Falcons, who moved to 4-0 by sweeping the tri-match, recorded 10 hits and drew six walks against Hillsboro. Ariel Kingery went 2-for-2 in the contest with four RBI and a double, while Hannah Tolle drove in two additional RBI with her double.

Kresten Hale went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a double to round out the efforts for Minford, who also obtained hits from Mary Pica, Hannah Thacker, Tamara Burchett, Madison Slusher, Madison Sifford, and Makayla Watters.

Minford 6, Chillicothe 2

Kingery, a Shawnee State signee, continued to do impressive work in the second affair, going 3-for-4 with three base knocks and holding the Lady Cavaliers to just two runs in a 6-2 victory.

Pica and Brittani Wolfenbarker each went 2-for-3 on the evening, with the latter adding a RBI, and Sifford put together a 2-for-2 performance that included a double. Melanie Fuhrmann, along with Zoe Doll and Emily Shoemaker, each recorded singles, with the

Pica and Brittani Wolfenbarker each went 2-for-3 on the evening, with the latter adding a RBI, and Sifford put together a 2-for-2 performance that included a double. Melanie Fuhrmann, along with Zoe Doll and Emily Shoemaker, each recorded singles, with the former pair adding a RBI apiece.

Minford played South Webster on Monday evening and will play the Lady Jeeps again on Wednesday.

Coal Grove 18, West 7

Unfortunately for the Lady Senators, West just couldn’t get the ball to bounce their way against Coal Grove as the Lady Hornets took a contest between the pair, 18-7, in West Portsmouth.

Taylor Coleman threw six innings and recorded a pair of strikeouts for the Lady Senators. Madison Williams drew a walk for West.

Friday

Clay 13, Eastern 3 (F/5)

As with Saturday’s contests, Clay continued its roll by scoring a 13-3 mercy-rule victory over Eastern in five innings on Friday evening in Rubyville.

The Lady Panthers obtained another excellent performance from Hannah Oliver, who threw another complete game and struck out nine Eastern batters while walking only one.

At the plate, Vassar and Donahoe proved to be virtually unstoppable at the dish as the pair combined to go 7-for-7 at the plate, with the former recording two RBI and a double and the latter belting a shot out of the park en route to three RBI and one of her two runs scored on the evening.

In addition to the pair, Swain and Collins combined to go 4-for-6 at the plate with a double, two runs apiece, and five RBI, while Warnock, Wells, and Oliver picked up an additional five RBI on their trio of hits. Hayslip capped off the Clay efforts by going 1-for-3 at the plate herself.

BASEBALL

Saturday

West 12, Northwest 8

While West experienced some misfortune on Saturday, the Senators’ baseball program made the afternoon a positive one as West obtained a season sweep of Northwest with a 12-8 victory in West Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon.

Garrett Hurd, L.T. Maynard, and Todd Williams each banged out three hits for the Senators, with the former pair recording five innings and three strikeouts on the mound. Williams pitched the final two frames for West. Cody Staggs mustered four RBI, while Hurd added another pair for the Senators, who obtained six runs in the bottom of the sixth frame to open the contest up.

Aaron Maddy logged 4 1/3 innings and a pair of strikeouts on the hill for Northwest, who scored four runs in the top of the fifth to grab a 7-5 lead before West answered with a run in the bottom half of the frame and with its aforementioned sixth-inning outburst. Fellow Mohawk hands Austin Mundhenk, Garrett Swayne, and Zach Smith showed impressive plate discipline by drawing seven walks in the affair, and Nolan Marcum added a team-high two RBI to help the Northwest cause.

Both teams’ home affairs with Oak Hill (West) and Valley (Northwest) were rained out, so both teams will host the pair on Tuesday instead.

Piketon 2, Notre Dame 0

Despite falling to Piketon by a 2-o tally, Notre Dame showed a great deal of promise in the field and at the plate against the Redstreaks in a nonconference bout on Saturday in Piketon.

Drew Cassidy and Tyler Speas, who shared time over six full innings on the mound, struck out seven batters over six innings of play and received plenty of help from the field as the Titans committed just one error all game. However, five hits, including contributions from Sam Kayser, C.J. Corns, and Truman Hash, weren’t enough in the 2-0 defeat.

Notre Dame was scheduled to play at Clay on Monday, but that contest was rained out. The Titans will instead play on Tuesday at Minford.

Friday

Portsmouth 12, Fairland 0 (F/5)

The Portsmouth Trojans’ baseball program kicked off its Ohio Valley Conference slate on Friday evening and put the bats to good use by hammering Fairland, 12-0, in mercy-rule fashion to move to 1-2 on the season.

Mikey Potts and Zach Basye got things rolling for Portsmouth early on in the bottom half of the first inning as Potts’ RBI double, Basye’s RBI base knock, and a Fairland error put the Trojans up by a 3-0 tally after an inning of play. Portsmouth never looked back from there en route to the victory.

Shawnee State signee Ryan Williams proved to be the star of the show for the Trojans as the senior went 2-for-5 at the dish with five RBI, including a third-inning triple that drove in three of Portsmouth’s runs on its own. Ty Oliver proved his consistency at the plate by going 3-for-4 at the dish with a RBI. Bryce Wallace — who drew a walk in all three of his plate appearances — and Potts, who went 1-for-2 at the plate with his RBI double and a pair of walks — were among the additional standouts.

On the mound, Zach Kinney was as smooth as silk for Portsmouth, as the throwing arm tossed a complete game seven-hitter. Kinney struck out two, walked none, and didn’t allow an extra base hit in the victory.

Portsmouth played Coal Grove on Friday evening and will host Chesapeake on Wednesday.

By Kevin Colley

kcolley@civitasmedia.com

Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7

Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7