West 9, Valley 6
The West Lady Senators collected a big victory over the Valley Lady Indians on Thursday evening as West edged Valley, 9-6, in a SOC II battle held at Valley.
Ever her productive self at the plate, Terra Butcher continued her roll at the dish for the Lady Senators as the senior went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored to lead West. Makayla White was also quite productive in the middle of the order for West as White went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored for the Lady Senators.
Kayleigh Coleman, Daisy Holsinger, and Madison Cochran each collected a hit in three trips for West to aid the Lady Senators in their winning efforts. Coleman collected a walk and three runs scored, Holsinger launched a double into the outfield and scored two runs, and Cochran collected a RBI in her lone hit of the game to round out the West efforts.
As with West, the heart of the order proved to be equally as productive for Valley, as Destiny Gardner matched Butcher’s production from the cleanup position by going 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored, while Makenzie Spencer went 2-for-3 with two RBI from the five-hole. Marissa Markins’ 3-for-4, two-run effort from the three-hole rounded out the effort for the middle of the Lady Indians’ order.
Margaret Caldwell, Maddi Kuhn, Madison Williams, and Maribeth Thompson each collected one hit, with Caldwell, Kuhn, and Thompson scoring a run and Kuhn driving in a run for Valley.
West, who moved to 12-9 on the season, will play at Portsmouth on Tuesday, while Valley will host Symmes Valley on Wednesday.
Notre Dame 14, East 0 (F/5)
The Notre Dame Lady Titans continued their late-season tear on Thursday evening as Notre Dame notched another SOC I sweep by defeating East, 14-0, in five innings in Portsmouth.
Cassie Schaefer continued her rapid improvement on the mound by throwing a complete game one-hitter against the Lady Tartans. Schaefer struck out eight batters, walked only one, and went into the fifth not having allowed a hit until Megan Carver broke the no-hitter bid in the fifth with her leadoff single.
At the plate, the top of the order continued to shine bright as the first five batters in the lineup — including Maggie Whitman, Molly Hoover, Cassie Schaefer, Makayla Hadsell, and Hagen Schaefer — all collected two hits apiece. Whitman went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, Hoover went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored, Cassie Schaefer and Hadsell each went 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored, and Hagen Schaefer went 2-for-3 with two triples, a walk, a stolen base, and four runs scored to head the Notre Dame efforts.
Sydney Whitman, Catelynn Ball, and Baylee Webb combined to draw five walks, with Whitman adding a sacrifice, to aid Notre Dame’s cause. Ball drew three of the five free passes between the trio. Alex Glocker added a stolen base and scored a run to round out the Lady Titans’ efforts.
In addition to Carver’s hit in the fifth inning, Keke Burgess drew a walk to help East along offensively.
Notre Dame will play at Ironton on Tuesday. East played at South Gallia on Friday and will travel to Ironton St. Joseph on Monday evening.
Clay 10, Eastern 7
Behind another excellent offensive output from a batting order that remains consistent, the Clay Panthers were able to avenge an early-season loss against Eastern by taking down the Eagles, 10-7, in an excellent road victory on Thursday evening in Beaver in a SOC I matchup.
On the hill, Brody Riffe started the contest and gave Clay three and a third innings of work, striking out three and walking none while giving up just one earned run.
But when Eastern scored four runs on miscues in the field to tie the score, the Panthers needed some additional help with Riffe’s pitch count running high.
Enter freshman Dakota Dodds, who continued his strong season on the hill for the Panthers by pitching three and two-thirds innings of three-hit, one-run baseball as Clay went on to outscore Eastern 4-1 over the remaining three innings en route to the win.
“It was a very good win (on Thursday evening) against a quality Eastern team,” Clay head coach Marc Cottle said. “I’m very proud of the boys for not quitting when Eastern came back and tied it in the fourth inning. Dakota Dodds came in and really stepped up tonight. I’m very proud of that young man.”
As far as the bats were concerned, Clay continued its excellent play up and down the order, with Reece Whitley going 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the eight-hole, while Dodds, McGwire Garrison, and Keith Cottle each collected one hit and two RBI on the evening, with Dodds drawing a walk and Cottle walking and scoring one time apiece.
In addition to the aforementioned quartet, Bradley McCleese collected a key triple and RBI on the evening, while Drew Hadsell, Brody Riffe, and Cole Gilliland each obtained at least one hit and one run scored. Hadsell and Riffe combined to score five runs on the evening to continue their torrid paces at the top of the Panther lineup.
“At the plate, Keith and McGwire had two key hits that drove in two runs apiece,” Cottle said. “Our seven-through-nine hitters really stepped up too. Reece, Dakota, and Bradley all had some key hits.”
Clay played Mowrystown Whiteoak on Friday evening and will host Symmes Valley on Monday in another SOC I contest.
Portsmouth 3, Jackson 2
The Portsmouth Trojans’ tennis unit used an excellent effort from its doubles pairings of Jacob Fraley and Dillan Shugert, along with Ethan Haas and Luke Rodbell, to claim a huge 3-2 nonconference victory over Jackson on Thursday evening.
Even though Luke Purdy and Allison Douthat — despite great efforts — dropped a pair of singles matches to a pair of excellent players in Connor Radune and Blake Wyatt, Logan Carter kept Portsmouth’s hopes alive by overcoming a 6-4 defeat in the first set en route to taking the last pair of sets, 6-3 and 6-1, to give the Trojans a chance entering doubles play.
That’s where the quartet of Fraley, Shugert, Haas, and Rodbell took over things.
After Fraley and Shugert outlasted Jackson’s Travis Stevens and Zayne Warrens by a 7-5 tally in the first game between the pair, Fraley and Shugert, along with Haas and Rodbell, took 18 of the 21 remaining sets to allow the Trojans to take home a huge victory over Jackson.
No. 1 singles — Connor Radune (Jackson) def. Luke Purdy (Portsmouth) 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 singles — Logan Carter (Portsmouth) def. Caden Southard (Jackson) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 singles — Blake Wyatt (Jackson) def. Allison Douthat (Portsmouth) 6-0, 6-3
No. 1 doubles — Jacob Fraley and Dillan Shugert (Portsmouth) def. Travis Stevens and Zayne Warrens (Jackson) 7-5, 6-1
No. 2 doubles — Ethan Haas and Luke Rodbell (Portsmouth) def. Madison Ephlin and Mason Sheets (Jackson) 6-1, 6-1
South Webster 5, Waverly 3
The South Webster Jeeps continued their late season momentum in conference play as South Webster defeated Waverly, 5-3, in a contest held in South Webster on Wednesday evening.
The Jeeps were led by two excellent pitching performances by Daniel Allard, who overcame two runs in the top half of the frame and four walks en route to pitching great baseball over his remaining two and one-third innings on the hill, and Shane Zimmerman, who came on in relief of Allard and only allowed Waverly to score a single run while striking out three over the final three and two-thirds innings of action.
Zimmerman, in particular, was stellar. The senior entered the contest in relief during the fourth frame with the bases loaded and one out for Waverly yet managed to get out of the jam without allowing the Tigers to score in the inning — a crucial moment as South Webster held on to obtain the win.
“The pitching performances by Daniel and Shane were exceptional tonight,” South Webster head coach Ryan McClintic said. “Waverly is a very dangerous offensive team, and for those two guys to hold them in check like they did says a lot about our growth as a team as of late.”
On the offensive side of the coin, Shawnee State pitching signee Bradley Gee led the Jeeps at the dish by going 2-for-3 with a double and four RBIs. Alek Blevins, who went 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored, and Zimmerman, who helped his own cause with a base hit and a run scored, allowed South Webster to come away with the victory.
“I’m proud of the way our kids stayed composed out of the gate,” McClintic said. “Waverly put two runs on the board to start the game and we were able to answer back with three of our own in the bottom half of the first inning. Brad had a huge double with the bases loaded that gave us the lead and we never looked back.”
South Webster played at Waverly on Friday evening and will close out the regular season when the Jeeps host Jackson next Friday.
Valley 22, Portsmouth 10 (F/5)
Despite their loss on Thursday, the Valley Lady Indians started their return to the circle in fine fashion by defeating the Portsmouth Trojans, 22-10, in five innings on Tuesday in Portsmouth.
Marissa Markins continued her torrid hitting spree by going 3-for-3 with a triple, a walk, and four runs scored for Valley, while Margaret Caldwell did likewise by going 4-for-5 with two triples and two runs scored for the Lady Indians. Nine-hole hitter and new addition Kennedy McGraw went a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored, while Maddi Kuhn went 3-for-4 with a walk and four runs scored to lead Valley to an excellent victory, which was Chris Spencer’s first as the head coach of the softball program.
Destiny Gardner, Makenzie Spencer, and Madison Williams each collected two hits apiece, with Gardner and Williams each drawing a walk and scoring two runs for Valley, while Spencer scored a run for the Lady Indians. Bailey Crabtree went 1-for-1 while drawing three free passes to reach base in each of her four appearances at the dish, and Kyleie Billiter followed Crabtree’s efforts by going 1-for-1 and drawing a pair of walks in each of her three plate appearances. Billiter, Crabtree, and McGraw combined to go 6-for-6 with five walks and three runs scored at the bottom of the order.
Semajah Parker went 3-for-3 with three doubles, a walk, and three runs scored to lead Portsmouth, while Baleigh Bradley and Morgan Grashel each collected two hits in four trips while combining for three additional runs for the Lady Trojans. Bailey Horsley collected a hit, a walk, a sacrifice bunt and scored a run, while Cassie Potts, Morgan Reedy, and Shaby McKinley combined to draw seven walks on the day. McKinley drew three walks and scored a run, while Potts and Reedy drew two walks apiece. Eliza Gullett walked and scored once to round out the Trojans’ efforts.