Good programs also find a way to get the necessary results in critical head-to-head bouts.
The Wheelersburg Pirates and Minford Falcons baseball programs have done that through the 2017 campaign, and over the weekend, did so again in victories over Portsmouth (8-0) and West (8-2), respectively.
All four baseball programs, in addition to the Clay, Notre Dame and West softball programs and a match between the Wheelersburg and Clay tennis squads, are featured in the latest edition of the Daily Times’ sports roundup!
Wheelersburg 8, Portsmouth 0
As has been the case throughout Michael Estep’s tenure with the Wheelersburg Pirates’ baseball program, the ‘Burg continued its winning ways with an 8-0 victory over the Portsmouth Trojans on Saturday afternoon in Wheelersburg.
Xander Carmichael collected a bomb shot that drove in three runs on his only hit of the afternoon to lead the Pirates, who moved to 4-1 overall with the victory. Cole Darnell and Trey Carter also collected extra base hits for Wheelersburg in the contest, while Kaden Coleman and Jalen Miller each collected two base knocks on the day. Brandon Denney drew two walks to round out the offensive efforts for the Pirates.
Carter, along with Jayden Guthrie, Conner Mullins, and Matt Marshall, combined to hold Portsmouth to one hit while striking out nine batters on the evening. The quartet only walked three by comparison en route to a 3.33-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Reese Johnson ended the combined no-hitter threat with his base knock with two gone in the seventh inning. He went 1-for-2 with a walk in the cleanup spot.
Minford 8, West 2
The Minford Falcons continued their strong start to the 2017 season by taking home an 8-2 victory over the West Senators in Minford on Saturday evening.
Minford, who moves to 4-1 on the year and 2-1 in SOC II play, was led by another strong pitching effort, as Eric Cook followed up Jacob McCaleb’s no-hitter by throwing a one-hitter over six full innings. The senior struck out three West batters.
At the plate, Darius Jordan led the Falcons’ offensive attack by notching three hits and two RBI on the evening. Luke Lindamood and Reid Shultz also drove in a pair of runs for Minford to lead the Falcons to the win.
West (4-3, 3-2) was led by Garrett Hurd, who struck out four Minford batters in four innings of work. Cade McNeil notched the lone hit for the Senators.
The duo will meet up again in another SOC II affair, which will be played at West.
West 15, Waverly 4 (F/6)
The West Lady Senators’ softball team got back on the winning track on Saturday morning as West used excellent performances from Madison Williams and Kaleigh Parr to ground Waverly, 15-4, in a SOC II bout.
West (4-4, 3-1 SOC II) scored seven runs in the third inning of play against the Lady Tigers and never looked back en route to the win as the Lady Senators scored four runs in the sixth frame to mercy rule Waverly.
Williams, one of four seniors on the West roster, notched three hits and four RBI to head up the Lady Senators’ efforts, while Parr threw a complete game and struck out nine Waverly batters in her first high school start. Haivan Dillow drew four walks to round out an excellent affair for West.
The Lady Senators will host Minford on Monday in another SOC II bout.
Notre Dame 8, Whiteoak 0 (F/5)
The Notre Dame Lady Titans got back on the winning express on Saturday morning as Notre Dame hammered Mowrystown Whiteoak by scores of 8-0 and 10-1 in a pair of road bouts.
Notre Dame, who controlled both bouts from start to finish en route to the win, was led by Hagen Schaefer, who went 4-for-4 with a triple, a stolen base and two runs scored, and Molly Hoover, who went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in the first affair.
Maggie Whitman, who shut down the Whiteoak attack by pitching a complete-game four-hitter, struck out four and added a pair of hits at the dish and two runs scored in three appearances. Sydney Whitman rounded out the efforts by going 1-for-2 with two runs scored to close out the Lady Titans’ efforts in the first affair.
Notre Dame 10, Whiteoak 2 (F/5)
It was the same song, different verse for Notre Dame in the second affair, who overcame a 1-0 first-inning deficit to score four runs in the second inning of play and three additional runs in the fifth and final frame of action to cruise to a 10-2 victory over Whiteoak in the second affair.
Cassie Schaefer picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Titans by striking out nine Whiteoak batters and allowing only three hits in the victory, while Maggie Whitman backed up her fellow pitching hand by going 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored. Hagen Schaefer (2-for-3 with a triple and a double), Hoover (1-for-3, three runs scored), and Sasha Lester (1-for-1 with a run scored) were among the additional standouts.
Clay 15, Green 1 (F/5)
The Clay Lady Panthers continued their massive tear inside the SOC I lines by accumulating a 15-1 victory over Green in five innings on Friday evening in Rubyville.
Clay, who moved to 10-1 on the year and 5-0 in the SOC I realm with the win, was led by Julia Swain, who proved to be a terror both in the circle and at the plate for the Lady Panthers.
On the mound, the junior struck out 12 batters and didn’t walk a single Green batter while also going 2-for-3 at the plate with a RBI and two runs scored.
In addition to Swain’s efforts, Hannah Oliver and Jensen Warnock used excellent efforts to help lift the Clay offensive attack as the sophomore duo went 6-for-7 with three doubles, five runs and a RBI to help set the table. Freshman Chloi Hayslip went a perfect 2-for-2 with a double, three RBI and a run scored, while Elisa Collins, Bre Donahoe, and Cassidy Wells each went 1-for-4 at the plate with two triples, a double, five runs and six RBI between them. Lila Brown drew a walk and accumulated two RBI to round out the Clay efforts.
Kerston Sparks led Green by going 2-for-2 at the plate with a homer that put the Lady ‘Cats up by a 1-0 tally at the end of the first inning. Hailey Hammond went 1-for-1 on the evening for Green.
The duo will meet up again on Monday in Franklin Furnace for another SOC I showdown.
Wheelersburg 3, Clay 2
In another gritty, hard-fought SOC matchup, the doubles pairings made the difference once again for Wheelersburg as the Pirates edged Clay, 3-2, in a thriller.
Even though Clay’s Nate Hinze fell to ‘Burg’s Drew Jackson, 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 1 singles slot, the Panthers followed with two big victories of its own as Gage Keller and Garrett Stone won each of their sets over Mason Nolan and Hunter Pistole to take a 2-1 advantage.
However, Wheelersburg rallied back from its key doubles parings, as the matchups of Ben Allen and Nic Jones, along with Carson McCorkle and Seth Pertuset, did the trick again. Allen and Jones defeated Hunter Armstrong and Taylor Pack, 6-0, 6-4, while McCorkle and Pertuset defeated Regan Osborn and Sarah Widdowson, 6-2, 6-4, to create a shakeup in the SOC race.
With Wheelersburg’s victory over Clay, the tennis programs at Minford, ‘Burg, and Clay have all claimed a victory over the other. The Pirates moved to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the league with the win, while Clay fell to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the league with the loss.
No. 1 singles — Drew Jackson (Wheelersburg) def. Nate Hinze (Clay) 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 singles — Gage Keller (Clay) def. Mason Nolan (Wheelersburg) 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 singles — Garrett Stone (Clay) def. Hunter Pistole (Wheelersburg) 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 doubles — Ben Allen/Nic Jones (Wheelersburg) def. Hunter Armstrong/Taylor Pack (Clay) 6-0, 6-4
No. 2 doubles — Carson McCorkle/Seth Pertuset (Wheelersburg) def. Regan Osborn/Sarah Widdowson (Clay) 6-2, 6-4
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