Another day down, another day where the Scioto County schools continue to stand out against their competition.
That’s exactly what you’ll see in the latest version of this roundup, so take a seat, unwind, and read about some of the standout athletes around the county and in the coverage area!
Minford 12, Waverly 2 (F/6)
The Minford Lady Falcons began their SOC II slate on the right foot as Minford took care of business against fellow conference foe Waverly, 12-2, in a home bout on Wednesday evening.
Minford was led by Ariel Kingery, who pitched four innings and allowed just two hits — including no extra-base hits — and two earned runs en route to picking up the decision. Madison Sifford pitched the final two frames and gave up just one hit while facing only one over the minimum in the resounding victory.
At the plate, Kingery, who signed with Shawnee State last week, went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI, while Sifford went a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish with two RBI for the Lady Falcons, who grinded out 14 hits on the evening.
Mary Pica, Melanie Fuhrmann, and Brittani Wolfenbarker each combined to go 6-for-8 at the dish with four RBI and a double for Minford, while Zoe Doll and Hannah Tolle each picked up a base hit during the contest. Tolle added an RBI and a double for the Lady Falcons, who moved to 2-0 on the year and 1-0 in the SOC II. Minford also defeated Peebles by an 11-1 tally in mercy-rule fashion to start the year with a 23-3 run differential margin in its favor.
Waverly was led by Jessa Evans, who went 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. Malicia Doles and Mariah Burton picked up the additional hits for the Lady Tigers.
Minford and Waverly will reunite for an SOC II battle up in Waverly on Friday evening.
Notre Dame 21, New Boston 1 (F/5)
After falling to Valley on Monday evening, Notre Dame brought out the lumber in a big way on Wednesday as the Lady Titans defeated New Boston by a 21-1 tally in five innings in a contest played at Notre Dame.
Maggie Whitman proved to be otherworldly on the mound for the Lady Titans as the experienced pitching hand struck out 10 of the 18 New Boston batters that she faced on the evening and allowed just one hit in the contest. Whitman also went 2-for-4 at the dish with two doubles and two runs scored.
In addition to Whitman, Molly Hoover, Hagen Schaefer, Makayla Hadsell, Alex Glockner, Catelynn Ball, and Sydney Whitman all pounded out a pair of base hits as Notre Dame racked up an astounding 18 base hits on the evening, with Hoover, the team’s leadoff hitter, heading the charge by going 4-for-5 with two stolen bases and two runs scored on her own. Hadsell, who went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored, and Sydney Whitman, who also went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, also helped head a strong performance.
Baylee Webb, Sacha Lester and Paetyn Collins also added at least one base hit as every Lady Titan reached base and recorded a hit during the contest.
Lexus Oiler, who added the Lady Tigers’ lone hit, also recorded New Boston’s lone run by coming across on a Notre Dame error. The freshman went 1-for-1 with a walk in the contest.
Both teams played each other again on Thursday.
Clay 14, Eastern 1 (F/5)
The Clay Lady Panthers wasted no time in jumping out on the Eastern Lady Eagles as a five-run second inning allowed Clay to pull ahead and win going away in an SOC I tilt on Wednesday in Beaver.
Julia Swain, who put together an excellent performance with the bat in the team’s first three affairs against Rock Hill, Portsmouth, and Valley, added an outstanding effort on the mound against Eastern as the junior struck out 12 Lady Eagles batters while allowing just four hits and walking none.
At the plate, Hannah Oliver, along with Elisa Collins and Cassidy Wells, continued their own outstanding performances as the trio combined to go 9-for-12 at the plate with an astonishing eight runs and seven RBI put together between them. Jensen Warnock was perfect at the dish as the sophomore went 3-for-3 with two RBI, a double and two runs scored, and Shaelyn Vassar went 2-for-5 with a double, three RBI and a run scored. Chloi Hayslip, Abby Ware and Bre Donahoe all scored at least one run in the contest, with Hayslip and Ware combining to go 4-for-7 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Clay, who put together an 18-hit performance in the contest, will host Eastern on Friday.
West 6, Northwest 3
The West Lady Senators used an excellent effort to rally back from a three-run deficit after an inning of play to topple rival Northwest, 6-3, in the opening SOC II matchup of the season against the Lady Mohawks on Wednesday evening in McDermott in what was a thrilling affair.
At first, Northwest took an early 3-0 lead behind the efforts of Shultz, who nailed a two-run bomb over the fence, and a West error, to give the Lady Mohawks the control early on.
However, West found a way to battle back.
Behind the efforts of Sammy Tatman, who drove in two runs with her single in the top half of the third, the Lady Senators erased that 3-0 advantage and tied the score at three apiece. Four Northwest errors allowed West to take control and assume command from the fourth inning onward.
Taylor Coleman picked up the victory on the mound as the junior threw five innings and struck out three en route to her third win of the year. Tatman’s 1-for-4, two-RBI output led all West players, with Haleigh Throckmorton adding a pair of hits to the cause.
Despite the loss, Laiken Rice pitched impressively throughout for Northwest as the sophomore went the entire distance and struck out five West batters. In addition to Shultz’s home run, Alexis Lute and Addison Newman each put together a two-hit performance for the Lady Mohawks.
Both teams will play each other again on Friday at West.
Eastern 2, Clay 0
Despite a strong effort that included another excellent pitching performance from Dakota Dodds and Brody Riffe, the Clay Panthers fell by a 2-0 count to Eastern in a contest that featured two solid contenders in the SOC I title race on Wednesday evening in Rosemount.
Dodds and Riffe, who comprised the pitching efforts for Clay, were splendid throughout the night as the pair allowed just seven hits and no earned runs while striking out seven batters and only walking one by comparison in 97 pitches between the pair. However, the Panthers of Clay were only able to obtain four hits — none going for extra bases — in the 2-0 loss.
“For the second game in a row, our pitchers were outstanding,” Clay head coach Marc Cottle said. “Dakota and Brody gave up no earned runs and only walked one batter over the full seven innings, which shows how productive they were. Offensively, we had our chances, but we couldn’t come up with those clutch hits with runners on base. I give credit to Eastern. From a pitching standpoint, they pounded the strike zone all night and they added excellent defense behind the hill.”
Cole Gilliland, Keith Cottle, McGwire Garrison, and Devon Holcomb each recorded a base hit for Clay, who fell to 2-2 on the season. The Panthers will travel to Beaver on Friday.
Wheelersburg 5, East 0
The Wheelersburg tennis program used an excellent effort on Tuesday to sweep East and regain some momentum after a loss the day before against Waverly.
Against East, Wheelersburg took home all five matches in dominating fashion, with the Pirates only dropping four sets all evening. Every individual won his match in straight sets, with Drew Jackson, Seth Pertuset, and the No. 1 doubles pairing of Seth Allen and Nick Jones winning every single set in their respective matches. Wheelersburg fell to Waverly, 4-1, on Monday, but Drew Jackson edged Brandon Nibert in an exciting match at the No. 1 singles slot.
No. 1 singles — Drew Jackson (Wheelersburg) def. Markie Kingery (East) 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 singles — Seth Pertuset (Wheelersburg) def. Allie Blevins (East) 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 singles — Hunter Pistole (Wheelersburg) def. Austin Newton (East) 6-3, 6-0
No. 1 doubles — Ben Allen/Nic Jones (Wheelersburg) def. Trenton Bond/Blaine Scott (East) 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 doubles — Carson McCorkle/Mason Nolan (Wheelersburg) def. Maddie Cantrell/Vinny Crvikshook (East) 6-1, 6-0
Waverly 4, Wheelersburg 1
No. 1 singles — Drew Jackson (Wheelersburg) def. Brandon Nibert (Waverly) 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 singles — Shane Hitchins (Waverly) def. Seth Pertuset (Wheelersburg) 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 singles — Alex Workman (Waverly) def. Hunter Pistole (Wheelersburg) 6-0, 6-1
No. 1 doubles — Ryan Dunn/Chase Downing (Waverly) def. Ben Allen/Nic Jones (Wheelersburg) 6-3, 7-6
No. 2 doubles — Andrew Workman/Brandon Stultz (Waverly) def. Seth Pertuset/Carson McCorkle (Wheelersburg) 6-1, 6-2
Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7