Piketon's Shella Zimmerman, a Rio Grande recruit, struck out 19 batters and allowed no hits as the Lady Streaks defeated West 1-0 in a Division III District Championship game at Northwest on Thursday.
Zimmerman also had the only hit of the contest that ended a five-game winning streak for West.
The contest certainly met the criteria of a pitcher's duel. While Zimmerman earned the no-hit shutout, West's Lexey Kegley allowed only one hit and struck out 12 batters in the loss.
West walked Piketon's Holly Brabson to open the game. The next batter laid down a sac bunt that the Senators fielded cleanly but Brabson went for third base. An error on the throw allowed Brabson to make it all the way home for the game's only run.
"We knew going in what we were up against...," West coach Bart Evans said. "We felt really pretty confident going in. We had a good shot. As it turned out, if not for one bad play we'd still be playing... I'm proud of how these girls have fought all year."
Evans also thanked his assistant coaches Phil Ridout, Brian Howard and Kayla Evans as well as the school board for their support this season.
The season isn't over for West just yet as the Senators have a makeup game with Minford remaining.
Piketon 100 000 0 — 1 1 1
West 000 000 0 — 0 0 1
WP: Zimmerman 19k LP: Kegley 12k
Piketon — Zimmerman 1-3
Record — West 10-15
Clay 6, Belpre 5
Clay came from behind, scoring five runs in the final two innings, to win a Division IV District Semifinal contest at Minford on Thursday.
Lyndsey Mader struck out 13 batters and hit 3-for-4 with an RBI in the contest. Mariah Tackett hit 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI while Emily Spriggs hit 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
"I'm very proud of the girls for never giving up," Clay coach Dick McCleese said. "They had a lot of fight tonight."
Clay will face the winner of Eastern Meigs and Leesburg Fairfield in the district final at Minford Saturday at 3 p.m.
Belpre 110 030 0 — 5 6 1
Clay 010 003 2 — 6 10 0
WP: Lyndsey Mader 13k LP: Leftwich
Clay — Tackett 3-4 2B RBI, Mader 3-4 RBI, Castle 1-3 RBI, Spriggs 2-3 2B RBI.
Record — Clay 21-7
Valley 8, Crooksville 1
The Lady Indians improved to 26-1 with a district semifinal win over Crooksville on Thursday at Rio Grande.
Braiden Dillow pitched the one-hit complete game for Valley while adding a 3-for-4 performance at the plate including a double.
Senior Lauren Dunn went 3-for-4 with a double and triple, two runs scored and two runs batted. Trinity Brown also scored twice for Valley while Megan Spriggs had two RBIs.
"It was a great win," Valley coach Montie Spriggs said. "The girls are hitting on all nine cylinders now. Batters one through nine are hitting really well.
"We got 12 hits and played great defense tonight," coach Spriggs said. "I'm very proud of the girls, very proud."
Valley is scheduled to play Alexander in the district finals Saturday at 1 p.m., however, there is a chance the game could be moved to this evening at Rio Grande.
Crooksville 000 000 1 — 1 1 2
Valley 131 003 0 — 8 12 2
WP: Braiden Dillow 9K CG LP: Anders
Valley — Brown 1-2 2R 2BB, Dunn 3-4 2R 2B 3B 2RBI, Corns 1-3 RBI, Dillow 3-4 R 2B RBI, Spriggs 1-3 R 2RBI, Shephard 1-3 R RBI
Record — Valley 26-1
Valley 5, Zane Trace 1
Alex Hartley once again led the Indian offense as he hit 2-for-2 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs in Valley's defeat of Zane Trace in the district semifinals Thursday in Athens.
Evan Richard threw a complete-game for Valley, allowing one run while striking out eight in the victory.
Brice Crabtree, Ryan Wamsley and David Shultz each added an RBI as Crabtree and Zach Bukiewicz went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Next up for Valley is a district championship contest with either Alexander or Rock Hill at Rio Grande.
Zane Trace 000 010 0 — 1 4 3
Valley 020 102 x — 5 7 0
WP: Richard CG LP: Heskett
Zane Trace — Jerrod Collins 1-3 R RBI
Valley — Crabtree 1-3 2B R RBI, Hartley 2-2 HR 2R 2RBI, Shultz 1-2 RBI
Record — Valley 24-5
Notre Dame 3, Wheelersburg 2
Notre Dame added one more victory to its successful tennis season with a makeup win over Wheelersburg on Thursday.
The Pirates picked up wins at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles but the rest of the matches went to the Titans.
The match marked the last contest for Notre Dame seniors Erin Harris, Zach Lewis and Jacob Taylor.
"This was our last match of the season," Notre Dame coach Cheryl Mershon said. "We're going to go to the banquet and get our (SOC championship) banner."
No. 1 singles — Aaron Parker (WB) def. Matt Saab (ND) 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 singles — Erin Harris (ND) def. Kelly Hicks (WB) 6-7, 6-2 ,6-2
No. 3 singles — Zach Lewis (ND) def. Katie Provaznik (WB) 6-2, 6-2
No. 1 doubles — Karan Joshi/Werner Nogueria (ND) def. Seth Lawrence/Josh Martin (WB) 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 doubles — Zach Kirkendall/Walker Roe (WB) def. Jacob Taylor/Zach Welsh (ND) 6-2, 6-2
Record — Notre Dame 8-5 (5-1)