Conference play, weather heats up

By Kevin Colley -

Hannah Tolle hits a two-run homer in the second inning.

Hannah Tolle hits a two-run homer in the second inning.

Lisa Bailey

Conference play is heating up, and so is the action!

It finally looks as if we’ll have a dry week of weather, and that week started on Monday with a host of teams in action. Catch them all in the latest version of the Daily Times’ roundup!

Portsmouth/Notre Dame and Portsmouth/Minford tennis

Wheelersburg/Ironton tennis



East 7, Eastern 5

Facing a 5-1 deficit at one point in its SOC I affair against the Eastern Eagles, and trailing by a 5-3 tally entering the final inning of play, the East Tartans stormed back to claim one of its biggest victories over the last few years by claiming a 7-5 victory over Eastern by scoring four runs in the game’s final frame.

Drew Lowe proved to be critical in the victory as the senior used his mental toughness to persevere through the smoke, striking out nine batters and allowing a modest seven hits in a complete game. Tyler Winston led the way at the dish by going 4-for-5 at the plate while JD Hatcher notched three hits and scored a pair of runs in the victory.

“Defensively, we didn’t play our best game and we gave them too many extra outs,” East head coach Matt Miller said. “It’s something that we will continue to get better on going forward. Overall, I’m extremely pleased with our effort because the boys never quit. We’re a young team and we are heading in the right direction so I’m pleased with what we are doing.”

Dylan Bailey and Brady Douthat each added a hit and a RBI for the Tartans in the victory as East moved to 2-3 on the season and 1-0 in SOC I play.

Minford 7, West 2

Behind another complete game pitching performance from Jacob McCaleb, the Minford Falcons collected a victory over the West Senators in a SOC II bout on Monday evening in West Portsmouth.

McCaleb, who struck out seven in his complete game performance, only allowed seven hits in his latest pitching gem. Reid Shultz and Matthew Gullett added a pair of hits apiece on the day for Minford, with Brayden Davis collecting a pair of walks on the day. Shultz, along with McCaleb and Tyler McCormick, all collected a RBI apiece on the evening for Minford (4-1, 3-1).

West was led by Garrett Hurd, who collected three hits on the evening. LT Maynard and Mardy Knittel combined to go the distance on the mound and struck out three batters.

Notre Dame 11, Western 0 (F/5)

The Notre Dame Titans’ baseball program scored seven runs in the second inning and held the Western Indians to just three hits as Notre Dame blitzed Western, 11-0, in five innings on Monday evening in Latham.

Drew Cassidy put together an outstanding performance in the SOC I affair as the starting hand combined with Tyler Speas and C.J. Corns to throw the three-hitter and added a 1-for-4, four-RBI performance at the plate, scoring three of those runs on a bases-clearing triple.

Speas, who went 2-for-3 on the evening, and Chase Rodriguez, who collected a 3-for-4 day at the dish, proved to be tremendous as well as the pair each added a triple. Rodriguez scored two runs, while Speas collected three RBI and a run scored on his own. Corns, along with Trevon Turner, combined to go 4-for-6 with two RBI and three runs scored, while Tyler Shaw collected a hit and a walk in his only pair of at-bats to round out the strong efforts.

Rock Hill 13, Portsmouth 0 (F/5)

The Portsmouth Trojans’ baseball program suffered a tough 13-0 setback to Rock Hill in a contest with the Redmen on Monday evening.

Ryan Williams went 1-for-1 with a single and a walk for Portsmouth, while Mikey Potts put together a 1-for-2 effort for the Trojans. Zach Basye drew a walk and Chris Johnson stole a base to round out the PHS efforts.


Clay 12, Green 0 (F/5)

Another stellar pitching performance — this time, courtesy of a no-hitter from Hannah Oliver — allowed the Clay Lady Panthers to take home a 12-0 victory over Green on Monday evening in Franklin Furnace.

Behind the efforts of Oliver — who struck out 11 batters and only walked three by comparison — Clay held control from the opening pitch as the Lady Panthers scored in every inning en route to the victory.

Lila Brown, Julia Swain, Shaelynn Vassar, and Cassidy Wells all contributed for Clay by going 2-for-3 at the dish with at least one RBI and one run scored apiece. Brown and Wells scored two runs apiece for the unit. Chloi Hayslip went 1-for-3 with a triple, two RBI, and a run scored, while Elisa Collins went 1-for-3 with three runs scored to round out the Clay efforts.

Minford 13, West 2

The Minford Lady Falcons continued their strong performance across the SOC II realm by notching a 13-2 victory over the West Lady Senators on Monday evening.

Minford was led by a wonderful performance from Brittani Wolfenbarker, who collected four hits in five trips to the dish. Wolfenbarker scored four runs, notched two RBI and added a double to the cause.

Fellow classmate Hannah Tolle, along with junior Zoe Doll, were certainly no slouches, either. Tolle collected three hits in four trips, scored two runs, and belted a home run out of the park as part of her three-RBI day at the dish, while Doll tripled and recorded a pair of doubles in her splendid 3-for-4, two-run, four-RBI performance.

Madison Sifford, Mary Pica, and Emily Shoemaker each combined to put together a 7-for-15 performance at the plate while recording three runs on the day. Sifford brought home three RBI on her own during her 3-for-5, three-RBI performance.

Melanie Fuhrmann, Ariel Kingery, and Hannah Thacker each collected a hit on the day, with Kingery collecting two RBI during the contest, to round out the Minford efforts.

West was led by Terra Butcher, who put together a 2-for-3, two-RBI performance. Daisy Holsinger and Makayla White each collected a hit on the evening for the Lady Senators, with Holsinger scoring a run.

Notre Dame 3, Western 1

Behind three base hits from Cassie Schaefer and Makayla Hadsell, the Notre Dame Lady Titans were able to take home a tight 3-1 battle over the Western Lady Indians in a SOC I bout on Monday evening in Latham.

Schaefer went 3-for-4 with a double in the fifth inning, and in the first and fifth frames, was brought in by Hadsell on each occasion. Hadsell also finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI.

Maggie Whitman went the distance once again for Notre Dame, striking out five batters and allowing just three hits through seven full innings of work. Whitman went 2-for-3 at the plate.

Catelynn Ball and Alex Glockner each added base knocks for Notre Dame, who won its third affair in a row with Monday evening’s victory.


Portsmouth 4, Notre Dame 1

The Portsmouth Trojans collected a pair of huge victories over Minford and Notre Dame, 4-1, over the past week to continue their own strong start to the season.

Portsmouth’s Luke Purdy and Logan Carter, who headed the pack at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles slots, were huge as the pair won 24 of their 26 matches on the day. The No. 2 doubles pairing of Luke Rodbell and Ethan Haas also clicked off a 6-2, 6-1 victory to help Portsmouth sew up the victory.

Notre Dame’s Conner Madden was impressive as the Titan defeated Katie Fannin in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, to claim the Titans’ lone victory in the match.

No. 1 singles — Luke Purdy (Portsmouth) over Braden Bennington (Notre Dame) 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 singles — Logan Carter (Portsmouth) over Katie Paterson (Notre Dame) 6-2, 6-0

No. 3 singles — Conner Madden (Notre Dame) over Katie Fannin (Portsmouth) 6-3, 6-1

No. 1 doubles — Dillan Shugert and Jacob Fraley (Portsmouth) over Spencer Wilcox and Toby Butler (Notre Dame) 4-6, 7-6, 6-2

No. 2 doubles — Luke Rodbell and Ethan Haas (Portsmouth) over Jacob Blau and Joyce Zheng (Notre Dame) 6-2, 6-1

Portsmouth 4, Minford 1

In the second affair, Portsmouth grabbed another win behind the efforts of Purdy and Carter, who won their matches by 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4, 6-3 counts, respectively. Haas and Rodbell and the second doubles pairing of Dillan Shugert and Jacob Fraley also claimed their second victory in as many matches, with Shugert and Fraley winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Minford’s Alexander Chan edged Portsmouth’s Allison Douthat to claim the Falcons’ lone victory in the match.

No. 1 singles — Luke Purdy (Portsmouth) over Caden Wilcox (Minford) 6-1, 6-2

No. 2 singles — Logan Carter (Portsmouth) over Arrick Riffe (Minford) 6-4, 6-3

No. 3 singles — Alexander Chan (Minford) over Allison Douthat (Portsmouth) 6-4, 6-4

No. 1 doubles — Dillan Shugert and Jacob Fraley (Portsmouth) over Dillon Shepherd and Zach Hammond (Minford) 6-3, 6-3

No. 2 doubles — Ethan Haas and Luke Rodbell (Portsmouth) over Josh Muck and Josh Wyehle (Minford) 3-6, 6-1, 7-5

Wheelersburg 3, Ironton 2

The Wheelersburg Pirates’ tennis program claimed yet another major match victory during the 2017 campaign by claiming another huge 3-2 victory over Ironton in a nonconference affair.

Drew Jackson proved to be huge once more from his No. 1 singles slot as the top hand shut out Jacob Koerper, 6-0, 6-0 to help launch the Pirates. Mason Nolan’s 6-1, 6-4 victory over Steven Scott in the No. 2 singles slot, followed by a critical 7-5 set victory in tiebreakers by Ben Allen and Nic Jones in the first set at the No. 1 doubles slot, allowed Wheelersburg to pick up yet another huge win.

Wheelersburg moved to 6-2 overall with the victory.

No. 1 singles — Drew Jackson (Wheelersburg) def. Jacob Koerper (Ironton) 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 singles — Mason Nolan (Wheelersburg) def. Steven Scott (Ironton) 6-1, 6-4

No. 3 singles — Ethan Wilson (Ironton) def. Hunter Pistole (Wheelersburg) 6-4, 6-3

No. 1 doubles — Ben Allen/Nic Jones (Wheelersburg) def. Mitchell Weisgarber/Jake Issac (Ironton) 6-6 (7-5 tiebreak), 6-3

No. 2 doubles — Jaxson Pleasant/Ali White (Ironton) def. Carson McCorkle/Seth Pertuset (Wheelersburg) 6-4, 6-2

Friday (4/7)


South Webster 14, Oak Hill 10

In a rivalry bout between two SOC II programs, the South Webster Jeeps edged the Oak Hill Oaks in a gauntlet of an affair on Friday evening in South Webster.

Matthew Shonkwiler, who is simply another three-sport star in the puzzle at South Webster, led the way with a 2-for-4 effort that included a home run and four RBI. The senior belted his three-run shot in the sixth inning to help lead the Jeeps to the victory.

Trevor Coriell and Bradley Gee each went 2-for-3 with three RBI and five runs scored for South Webster, who also received multi-hit performances from Jacob Ruth (2-for-4, RBI, run scored) and Zach Barnett (2-for-4, two RBI, two runs). Alek Blevins, Blake Fulk, and Dallas Copas each collected a hit with four RBI and four runs scored as South Webster used the offensive efforts to collect a nine-run fourth inning and 14 runs overall.

Wednesday (4/5)


Valley 7, Northwest 3

As with the South Webster baseball program, the Valley Lady Indians picked up a critical SOC II victory by edging the Northwest Lady Mohawks, 7-3, on its own home turf on Wednesday evening in Lucasville.

Faith Brown led the way once again for the Lady Indians as the junior went 3-for-4 at the plate with a third-inning homer that accounted for each of her two RBI and her run scored on the evening. Marissa Markins, who hit in front of Brown in the two-hole, notched a 1-for-4 effort. Her triple in the same frame set up Brown’s two-RBI homer that capped a five-run third inning.

In addition to Brown and Markins, Margaret Caldwell, Madison Williams, and Bailey Crabtree proved to be extremely productive from the seven-through-nine hole slots for Valley as the trio combined to go 4-for-9 on the evening with four runs scored.

Makenzie Spencer and Maddy Kuhn each garnered a hit apiece while Kirbi Sommers’ two-RBI effort and two walks by Destiny Gardner rounded out a strong effort from the Lady Indians offensively.

As for Northwest, the Lady Mohawks put together a well-rounded affair in their own right. Megan Shultz led the efforts for Northwest by going 3-for-4 at the dish with a home run and all three of the Lady Mohawks’ RBI. Shultz belted her own two-run shot in the top of the third to put Northwest in front by a 3-1 tally early on.

Alexis Lute and Addison Newman each went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored for Northwest as Shultz, Lute, and Newman combined to go 5-for-12 at the plate. Hope Shepherd, Savanna Maddy and Tori Scaff each went 1-for-3 to round out the Northwest efforts.

Hannah Tolle hits a two-run homer in the second inning. Tolle hits a two-run homer in the second inning. Lisa Bailey

By Kevin Colley

Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930

Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930