Portsmouth 20, Clay 10 (F/5)
The Portsmouth Trojans used an offensive show by scoring 18 runs combined in the third and fourth innings of play to come away with a 20-10 victory over the Clay Panthers on Tuesday evening in Portsmouth.
Ryan Williams led the offensive assault for both units by going 3-for-3 with a stolen base, three runs scored, and a monstrous grand slam that Williams launched over the fence in the fourth frame of play to aid the Trojans in its 13-run fourth inning.
However, Williams was far from alone on a crazy evening that featured plenty of highlight-reel moments, as Vincent Schwamberger went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, three RBI and a run scored — including a pair of doubles — while Ty Oliver went 4-for-4 from the cleanup position in accumulating a triple, a stolen base, and four RBI in addition to three runs scored.
In addition to the efforts of the aforementioned trio, the remainder of the Portsmouth lineup was excellent as well, as Bryce Wallace went 2-for-3 with two runs scored from the nine-hole, while Blake Wedebrook, Reese Johnson, Mikey Potts, and Devon Jackson each added at least one hit to the table. Johnson drew three walks on his own, while Wedebrook, Potts, and Jackson each obtained at least one free pass. Wedebrook and Johnson combined to score seven runs at the top of the Portsmouth lineup to round out an excellent effort by the Trojans.
Clay, who fell to 10-7 overall, was led by Drew Hadsell, who accumulated a pair of hits and two runs scored in four trips to the dish from his leadoff position, as well as its middle of the order, which combined for seven RBI on the evening.
In that middle of the order, Cole Gilliland went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, while McGwire Garrison went 1-for-2 with two RBI and a walk and Keith Cottle went 1-for-2 with a walk and three RBI. Brody Riffe, who drew three free passes on his own and scored four runs while going 1-for-1 with a RBI at the plate, and Reece Whitley, who went 1-for-3 with a run scored, were among the additional standouts for Clay.
“Some days in baseball, it’s just not your day, and today was that day,” Clay head coach Marc Cottle said. “Hat’s off to Portsmouth; they had a good small-ball strategy to start the game and then really hit the ball well later on in the contest. I told the boys after the game that they have to forget about this contest really quick and come back and compete against Eastern on Thursday.”
Portsmouth hosted Rock Hill at home on Wednesday and will travel to Gallipolis to face Gallia Academy on Friday. As mentioned, the Panthers will travel to Beaver on Thursday to play Eastern in a makeup affair.
Notre Dame 13, Chillicothe Huntington 2
After taking a 5-2 lead through six innings of play, the Notre Dame Lady Titans exploded for eight runs in the seventh inning to defeat Chillicothe Huntington, 13-2, in a nonconference bout on Tuesday evening in Yankeetown.
Notre Dame, who improved to 12-5 on the year with the victory, was led by Cassie Schaefer, who threw a complete-game five-hitter and struck out six batters in the Lady Titans’ win over Huntington Ross. Schaefer also collected a double and scored two runs at the plate.
The Lady Titans were also aided by an excellent offensive performance from Alex Glockner and Molly Hoover, who continued their torrid offensive paces en route to leading Notre Dame to another victory. Glockner went 4-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored, while Hoover went 3-for-5 with a double, a stolen base, and a run scored from the two-hole.
Leadoff hitter Maggie Whitman, five-hole hitter Hagen Schaefer, seven-hole hitter Sydney Whitman, and nine-hole hitter Baylee Webb all accumulated two hits, with Webb going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Schaefer going 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored, Maggie Whitman going 2-for-5 with a run scored, and Sydney Whitman going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
Makayla Hadsell and Catelynn Ball each combined for four runs scored, two sacrifices, and two walks for Notre Dame, who will play at East on Wednesday and will host the Lady Tartans on Thursday.
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Portsmouth 5, Valley 0
The Portsmouth Trojans continued their standout play on the tennis courts in 2017 by defeating the Valley Indians, 5-0, in a nonconference matchup on Tuesday evening.
Behind singles victories from Luke Purdy and Logan Carter, who didn’t lose a set in their matches over Brandon Phillips and Landon McBee at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles slots, respectively, and Allison Douthat, who took care of business despite a good challenge from Valley’s Isaac Bradshaw, Portsmouth was able to claim the match victory before doubles play even concluded.
While Devon Bradley and Christian Breech gave Dillan Shugert and Jacob Fraley a challenge at the No. 1 doubles slot, Shugert and Fraley were able to prevail behind a marathon of a third set, winning 10-8, to claim the first doubles match after Bradley and Breech used their gritty play to force the Trojans into splitting the first pair of sets. Ethan Haas and Luke Rodbell then allowed Portsmouth to claim the match sweep behind their 6-3, 6-2 victory over Austin Jones and Nate Crabtree.
Portsmouth’s reserve doubles units of Tayte Pridemore and Katie Fannin, along with Emma Coleman and Savanna Spence, also claimed victories in reserve doubles play to allowed the Trojans to take a clean sweep of all of the affairs available.
No. 1 singles — Luke Purdy (Portsmouth) def. Brandon Phillips (Valley) 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 singles — Logan Carter (Portsmouth) def. Landon McBee (Valley) 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 singles — Allison Douthat (Portsmouth) def. Isaac Bradshaw (Valley) 6-0, 6-2
No. 1 doubles — Dillan Shugert and Jacob Fraley (Portsmouth) def. Devon Bradley and Christian Breech (Valley) 6-4, 3-6, (10-8)
No. 2 doubles — Ethan Haas and Luke Rodbell (Portsmouth) def. Austin Jones and Nate Crabtree (Valley) 6-3, 6-2
Wheelersburg 5, New Boston 0
The Wheelersburg Pirates continued their standout play against SOC competition, defeating the New Boston Tigers 5-0 in a tennis match held in Wheelersburg on Tuesday evening.
Drew Jackson continued to take care of business at the top of the Wheelersburg order, defeating R.J. Hayes 6-2, 6-0 to take home the first set by a 6-2, 6-0 count. Mason Nolan and Hunter Pistole did likewise in the No. 2 and No. 3 singles slots, with Nolan winning in straight sets over Jaycee Carter and Pistole overcoming a major challenge from Brandon Ruggles to winning the tiebreaking set, 7-3, over Ruggles, and win both sets by a 7-6, 6-3 margin as the Pirates took the match behind the play of their singles players.
In the doubles slots, the play of Ben Allen and Nic Jones, along with Carson McCorkle and Seth Pertuset, were stellar as Wheelersburg took 24 of the 27 sets played on the evening in doubles play en route to the sweep.
The Pirates played Gallia Academy in what was Wheelersburg’s final regular season match on Wednesday.
No. 1 singles — Drew Jackson (Wheelersburg) def. R.J. Hayes (New Boston) 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 singles — Mason Nolan (Wheelersburg) def. Jaycee Carter (New Boston) 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 singles — Hunter Pistole (Wheelersburg) def. Brandon Ruggles (New Boston) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
No. 1 doubles — Ben Allen/Nic Jones (Wheelersburg) def. Katie Wagers/Ashley Farney (New Boston) 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 doubles — Carson McCorkle/Seth Pertuset (Wheelersburg) def. Jeremy Conkel/Issac Irks (New Boston) 6-1, 6-0
Waverly 7, West 2
Despite grabbing a one-run lead to start the affair, the West Senators couldn’t hang on as West fell to Waverly by a 7-2 count in a SOC II conference affair between the two programs.
Trever Staggs and Cade Powell each collected two hits for West, who fell to 9-7 on the year with the loss.
West played at Valley on Wednesday and will host the Indians on Friday evening.
South Point 6, Portsmouth 1
Despite a solid pitching effort from Ryan Williams, the Portsmouth Trojans couldn’t obtain the season sweep over South Point as the Trojans fell to the Pointers, 6-1, in an OVC bout played in South Point on Monday evening.
In his complete game performance on the hill, Williams struck out seven batters while only walking one Pointer in the contest. Williams held South Point to six hits and allowed just two earned runs to cross the plate.
Williams, along with Blake Wedebrook, Vincent Schwamberger, and Ty Oliver, all collected a hit in the contest. Oliver drew a walk and reached base in the contest twice in the game along with Reese Johnson, who drew two free passes after unintentionally being hit by pitches.
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