Matt Roy’s ultimate goal has been for Portsmouth to contend with the Wheelersburg’s and the Greenup County’s of the baseball world.
By defeating Fairland by a 12-0 count in five innings and falling to Coal Grove, but only by a 3-0 margin, it looks as if Portsmouth is making small strides toward that goal.
Their efforts, along with the Minford softball program’s torrid start and a tennis matchup between Wheelersburg and West, are included in Monday’s version of the Daily Times roundup!
Coal Grove 3, Portsmouth 0
While the Portsmouth Trojans fell to Coal Grove by a 3-0 margin in a home bout in Portsmouth on Monday evening, the Trojans showed characteristics that will make Portsmouth a better baseball program going forward.
The Hornets added a pair of runs in the first inning and plated an additional run in the second frame, but were stymied the rest of the way by Ryan Williams, who struck out 11 batters and surrendered just two hits on the evening. At one point, the senior struck out six out of 10 Coal Grove batters that came to the dish en route to heading up the Trojans’ efforts.
At the plate, Ty Oliver headed the charge for Portsmouth, who went 1-for-1 with two walks and two stolen bases on the evening. Zach Basye went 1-for-3 for the Trojans, while Parker Johnson recorded two walks and a stolen base for PHS.
Portsmouth (1-3, 0-2 OVC) will host Chesapeake on Wednesday evening.
Minford 10, South Webster 0 (F/6)
The Minford softball program continued its strong start to the 2017 campaign on Monday evening as the Lady Falcons defeated South Webster, 10-0, in mercy-rule fashion in Minford.
Zoe Doll headed up the efforts for the Lady Falcons, who went 2-for-2 at the dish with a home run, three RBI, and three runs scored. Doll also added a stolen base and a walk to complete a fantastic performance.
In addition to Doll, Hannah Tolle and Brittani Wolfenbarker proved to be excellent themselves, with the former going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored and the latter putting together a 2-for-2, two-run performance.
Ariel Kingery, who picked up the win on the mound by throwing five innings, struck out four batters and only surrendered three hits — none going for extra bases — in 64 pitches on the evening. The Shawnee State signee, along with Mary Pica, Melanie Fuhrmann, Madison Sifford, and Hannah Thacker, all collected a hit on the evening.
South Webster was led by Brianne Smith, Lauren Hill, and Baylee Cox, who all collected base knocks on the afternoon. The Lady Jeeps will host Clay on Tuesday and Minford (5-0) again on Wednesday.
Wheelersburg 3, West 1
In a battle of two SOC II strongholds, the Wheelersburg Pirates’ tennis program emerged victorious over the West Senators, 3-1, in a contest between the pair on Monday evening.
Wheelersburg’s Drew Jackson started the match off with a sweep of West’s Leo Steins in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0 while West’s Blaine Weaver answered back by taking a sweep of his own over Wheelersburg’s Hunter Pistole, 6-0, 6-0 to even the match at one apiece.
On the doubles end of the spectrum, however, it was Wheelersburg that found a way to take control. The Pirates, led by Ben Allen and Nic Jones at the No. 1 doubles slot, defeated West’s Wes Robinson and Kim Tieman, 6-0, 6-1, while Seth Pertuset and Carson McCorkle followed by defeating Joel Durant and Chris Dials by a 6-0, 6-1 score to give Wheelersburg the match.
The No. 3 singles match, which consisted of Wheelersburg’s Mason Nolan and West’s Kane Lewis, was suspended due to rain, with Nolan winning the first set, 6-2. Lewis, however, held the second set lead, 2-1, when the rains came. It will be played to its conclusion on April 18.
Wheelersburg moves to 2-2 on the season and in SOC II action with the victory.
No. 1 singles — Drew Jackson (Wheelersburg) def. Leo Steins (West) 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 singles — Blaine Weaver (West) def. Hunter Pistole (Wheelersburg) 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 singles (in progress) — Mason Nolan (Wheelersburg) leads Kane Lewis (West) 6-2, 1-2*
No. 1 doubles — Ben Allen/Nic Jones (Wheelersburg) def. Wes Robinson/Kim Tieman (West) 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 doubles — Seth Pertuset/Carson McCorkle (Wheelersburg) def. Joel Durant/Chris Dials (West) 6-0, 6-1
*set in progress
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