Clay, Green, Minford, ND, SW take home victories

By Kevin Colley - [email protected]

Monday (3/26)


Green 3, Fairland 0

Behind an excellent pitching performance from Tayte Carver — who had a no-hitter going through six and two-thirds innings of work —the Green Bobcats’ baseball program was able to claim its first victory of the 2018 season by claiming a 3-0 victory over the Fairland Dragons’ baseball program on Monday evening in Rock Hill as part of the Rock Hill Wooden Bat Classic.

Carver, who struck out 11 batters en route to his first win of the 2018 season, only gave up one hit and walked a batter, which came with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. Tanner Kimbler came on after Carver’s appearance and struck out the only batter that he faced in the contest to extinguish the late threat by the Dragons and earn the save.

For the contest, Kimbler went 3-for-4 on the day with a run batted in, while Carver, Levi Singleton, Bryce Ponn, and Mason Barber each went 1-for-3 at the dish. Singleton, a freshman making his first career high school varsity appearance and start along with Barber, supplied the additional RBI.

Green will continue to play in the Rock Hill Wooden Bat Classic on Tuesday before taking on South Webster on Thursday evening in South Webster.

Clay 20, Manchester 4

Behind a nine-run third inning and a seven-run seventh frame, the Clay Panthers’ baseball program faced no trouble in obtaining its first victory of the season as Clay defeated the Manchester Greyhounds’ baseball program, 20-4, in a contest that was played in Manchester on Monday evening.

And not surprisingly, the 20-run output had Clay head coach Marc Cottle pleased with the results.

“It was a very good start to the season,” Clay head coach Marc Cottle said. “Manchester is well coached and should win a lot of games.”

On the hill, Dakota Dodds battled through a tough three innings, striking out three and giving up just four hits, before exiting the contest after approaching the 75-pitch marker. There, Jason Woods took control, and kept the Panthers at the point for good as the freshman, in his first varsity appearance, struck out six batters, gave up just two hits, and didn’t walk a single batter during the contest.

“Dakota didn’t have his best stuff today but battled through three innings and kept us in the game,” Cottle said. “I’m very proud of Jason Woods. He came in, pounded the strike zone, and ended up with four shutout innings.”

At the dish, however, Dodds was on his game. Batting in the cleanup position, the sophomore went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer — the first of his career — four RBI, two walks, and three runs scored to head up the offensive onslaught. Keith Cottle, who hit in the two-hole, and McGwire Garrison, who hit in the five-hole, each collected two hits as well, with Cottle going 2-for-5 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored and Garrison going 2-for-3 with two RBI, a walk, and three runs scored to add to a great collective performance at the plate.

“Dakota really hit the ball well and had a big three-run homer in the third inning,” Cottle said. “McGwire and Keith had good nights at the plate as well.”

Tanner Richards — who was hit by a pitch in all five of his plate appearances, an OHSAA record — scored three times, while Clay Cottle drew four additional free passes at the back end of the lineup and drove in a run while scoring twice himself and Reece Whitley drew two walks and scored twice in four at-bats at the back end of the order. Shaden Malone (1-for-5, two RBI, run scored), Jaden Jesse (1-for-3, RBI, run scored), and Bradley McCleese (1-for-4, BB, RBI, two runs scored) rounded out the Clay lineup.

Clay (1-0) hosted Northwest on Tuesday and will play at Western on Wednesday to open up SOC I action.

Minford 6, Zane Trace 4

For the second time in as many games, the Minford Falcons’ baseball program took on a difficult opponent away from its home turf, and for the second time in as many games, the Minford Falcons’ baseball program came away with a big victory, this time claiming a huge victory over the Zane Trace Pioneers’ baseball program on Monday evening in Kingston.

Electrifying utility player Darius Jordan led the way by going 3-for-4 with two RBI, a triple, and three runs scored, while Luke Lindamood and Ethan Lauder each went 2-for-4 on the evening with an RBI. Reid Shultz and Brayden Davis, who, like Lindamood and Lauder, each went 2-for-4 on the evening, each added a run apiece on the evening.

In his first varsity high school start on the hill, Elijah Voglesong-Lewis put together an impressive outing by surviving 10 Zane Trace hits en route to a complete game. Voglesong-Lewis didn’t walk a single batter and struck out a pair of Zane Trace hands en route to obtaining the winning decision.

Minford (2-0) will open SOC II action with a bout at Oak Hill on Wednesday, then will host the Oaks on Friday when the Falcons return to Minford.


Notre Dame 13, South Point 3 (F/5)

Behind another great performance from Cassie Schaefer in the circle, the Notre Dame Titans’ softball program cruised to a 13-3 mercy-rule victory over the South Point Pointers’ softball program in five innings on Monday evening.

Schaefer, who gave up just one earned run during the contest, went 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBI to lead the Lady Titans (1-0). Isabel Cassidy, Claire Dettwiller, and Taylor Schmidt added outstanding efforts in their first high school contests, with Cassidy going 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBI, Dettwiller going 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI, and Schmidt going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI for the affair. Molly Hoover, a veteran as one of the unit’s senior leaders, also obtained a pair of hits by going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Notre Dame (1-0) travels to Beaver to play Eastern on Tuesday and will host the Lady Eagles on their return trip to Portsmouth on Wednesday.

Minford 24, New Boston 0 (F/5)

Behind another outstanding offensive performance, the Minford Falcons’ softball program put together an incredible display as 13 players put together a grand total of 21 hits in a 24-0 victory over the New Boston Tigers’ softball program on Monday evening in Minford.

Brittani Wolfenbarker, who is one of the many sophomore sensations on the Minford roster, proved to be the go-to force for the Lady Falcons on the evening as the standout went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and seven runs batted in to head the charge. Zoe Doll, a Defiance College signee, added four hits on her 4-for-5 day at the dish, which included a home run and three RBI. Hannah Tolle, Tamara Burchett, and Emily Shoemaker each added two hits apiece for Minford (1-0) in the victory, with Tolle going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Burchett going 2-for-3 with two RBI, and Shoemaker notching a 2-for-4 day with a double as the team’s leadoff hitter.

Madison Sifford (1-for-2, double, three RBI), Kiersten Hale (1-for-1, BB, RBI), Hannah Thacker (1-for-2, double, BB, two RBI), Maddie Slusher (1-for-1, BB, RBI), Rylee Coriell (1-for-1, BB), Payton Blankenbeckley (1-for-2), Abby Blevins (1-for-1, two RBI), and Maddi Suter (1-for-1) all collected a hit in the victory.

Minford (1-0) will play at Oak Hill on Wednesday and will host the Oaks on the return trip on Friday in the first pair of conference bouts for the program.

South Webster 26, East 1 (F/5)

Behind three hits each from Brianna Smith and Bobbi Johnson, the South Webster Jeeps’ softball program collected a victory in its opening bout of the 2018 campaign by taking home a 26-1 win over East to start the year.

In addition to her three hits, Smith also drove in five runs on the day while Kaylee Hadinger collected two hits, drew two walks, and stole an astonishing five bases to lead the South Webster offensive attack.

In the circle, Gwen Messer — who also stole three bases in the field of play — picked up the victory by striking out eight batters and giving up just three hits during the affair. The run that the Lady Tartans obtained on Messer was of the unearned variety.

South Webster played host to Wellston on Tuesday evening and will travel to West Portsmouth on Wednesday evening to face the West Senators’ softball program in its opening SOC II contest of the year.


Portsmouth def. Unioto, 5-0

Behind a dominating effort from each of its competitors, the Portsmouth Trojans’ tennis program was able to come away with a 5-0 victory over the Unioto Sherman Tanks’ tennis program on Monday.

Overall, each of the seven individuals on the Portsmouth roster (Logan Carter, Ethan Haas, Luke Rodbell, Allison Douthat, Parker Johnson, Katie Fannin, and Adrian Soard) combined to take home an incredible 60 of the 65 sets played on the evening, with Carter defeating Brayden Warren in straight sets. Haas and Rodbell only dropped one set each in singles play en route to victories over James Shuman and Jason Shuman while Allison Douthat and Parker Johnson also took home all but one set at the No. 1 doubles slot against Beckett Goodman and Evan Hatmaker.

Fannin and Soard, the No. 2 doubles unit, capped off the resounding team victory by defeating Andres and Rose, 6-2, 6-0, to seal the deal.

No. 1 singles — Logan Carter (Portsmouth) def. Brayden Warren (Unioto) 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 singles — Ethan Haas (Portsmouth) def. James Shuman (Unioto) 6-0, 6-1

No. 3 singles — Luke Rodbell (Portsmouth) def. Jason Shuman (Unioto) 6-1, 6-0

No. 1 doubles — Allison Douthat and Parker Johnson (Portsmouth) def. Beckett Goodman and Evan Hatmaker (Unioto) 6-0, 6-1

No. 2 doubles — Katie Fannin and Adrian Soard (Portsmouth) def. Jared Andres and Kaylan Rose (Unioto) 6-2, 6-0



Notre Dame 9, Ironton St. Joseph 2

Piketon 9, Valley 8 (F/8)

By Kevin Colley

[email protected]

Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @KColleyPDT

Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @KColleyPDT