As the season goes forward, the main goal of a coach is for his or her team to improve as the season goes along.
The West Senators’ softball program has certainly continued to do that, as evidenced by their 3-1 victory over Piketon on Tuesday evening, to move their record to a 2-1 overall mark for the year.
Also featured are the efforts of the Portsmouth baseball unit, who played Olentangy Liberty and Greenup County (Ky.) on Saturday, and the Waverly baseball program.
West 3, Piketon 1
The West Lady Senators continued to put up strong numbers on Tuesday evening as West took home a 3-1 victory over Piketon on Tuesday evening.
Taylor Coleman, who serves as West’s ace pitcher, proved her abilities as one of the top pitchers in the Southeast District on Tuesday, as the junior put together a complete-game effort on just 82 pitches and struck out three while walking only one. Coleman only allowed six hits, and, for good measure, added the game’s go-ahead RBI in the fourth inning with a double.
Haleigh Throckmorton added the game’s initial run with her base knock in the top half of the second, which brought in the first run of the game for the Lady Senators. Piketon’s Gracie Smith then singled with two out in the bottom half of the third frame to tie the score before Coleman came through again for West in the following half-inning.
Smith, along with Amy Reuter, led Piketon with two hits apiece. Coleman recorded two hits for West to head the efforts both in the circle and at the plate.
West played at Northwest on Wednesday and will host the Lady Mohawks at home on Friday.
Olentangy Orange 11, Portsmouth 3
The Portsmouth Trojans fell in a pair of contests to Olentangy Orange and Greenup County (Ky.) on Saturday.
In the first contest against Olentangy Orange, Portsmouth was able to grab a pair of runs to cut the deficit to a 3-2 margin, after two innings of play, but could not sustain the momentum as Olentangy Orange outscored the Trojans 8-1 over the rest of the way.
Blake Wedebrook and Reese Johnson headed the efforts for Portsmouth, as Wedebrook went 2-for-3 with a double, a single, two RBI and a run scored, while Johnson went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored. Mikey Potts went 0-for-1 on the day but was hit by a pitch and drew a walk that eventually led to a stolen base.
Greenup County (Ky.) 8, Portsmouth 3
In the second contest of the day, Portsmouth faired better against the defending 16th Region Champions, Greenup County, in a battle between two traditional powers.
Greenup County, who spent the entire 2016 season ranked inside the USA Today’s Top 25 Poll, jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half-inning of play and didn’t look back en route to the victory.
Bryce Wallace led the efforts by going 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. His double also drove Jack Workman, and the former scored on an E4 to help head the Trojans’ efforts.