Baseball/Softball Roundup:

Clay wins 40th consecutive game

By Kevin Colley -

Tuesday (4/17)


Minford 5, Notre Dame 4

Behind a 3-for-3 day at the plate by Brittani Wolfenbarker, the Minford Falcons’ softball program was able to edge out the Notre Dame Titans’ softball program by a 5-4 margin on Tuesday evening in Portsmouth.

Wolfenbarker, who added three runs scored from her No. 2 position in the batting order, was able to strike home plate multiple times as the middle of the order did its job when it was needed the most. Kiersten Hale (1-for-3, two RBI), Tamara Burchett (1-for-3, RBI), and Hannah Tolle (sacrifice fly, hit-by-pitch, RBI) all drove in runs, while freshman Andrea Blevins continued to impress by going 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. Emily Shoemaker’s walk, hit-by-pitch, and run scored rounded out the Minford brigade.

Notre Dame, who put together 14 hits in the affair, was led by Payten Collins, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Claire Dettwiller, Cassie Schaefer, Lauren Delabar, and Baylee Webb each went 2-for-4, with Dettwiller obtaining a double and two runs scored, Delabar notching a pair of RBI, and Schaefer collecting two doubles and a run scored. The latter gave up just three earned runs and struck out five for the Lady Titans.

Isabel Cassidy (1-for-3, RBI, run scored) rounded out the Notre Dame (9-2) brigade.

Clay 13, Eastern 0 (F/5)

Behind a perfect 3-for-3 outing from Megan Bazler and a two-hitter in the circle from Julia Swain, the Clay Panthers’ softball program was able to claim its 40th consecutive victory in SOC I conference play with a 13-0 victory over the Eastern Eagles’ softball program on Tuesday evening in Rubyville.

Bazler, who obtained a double, four RBI, a stolen base, and two runs scored, led a total of four Clay batters in double-figures, including Jensen Warnock (2-for-3, double, two RBI, two runs scored), Cassidy Wells (2-for-2, double, triple, sacrifice, two RBI, two runs scored), and Elisa Collins (2-for-3, triple, two RBI, run scored) collected multi-hit outings.

Shaelyn Vassar (1-for-2, triple, RBI, walk, stolen base, two runs scored), Hannah Oliver (1-for-2, sacrifice bunt), Ryanna Bobst (1-for-2, walk, stolen base, run scored), and Swain (1-for-2, walk, run scored) all notched base hits on the evening. In addition to her two-hitter in the circle, Swain struck out five Eastern batters and walked none to round out an excellent effort for the Lady Panthers.

Lila Brown (walk, stolen base, RBI, run scored) also contributed to the attack.

New Boston 4, South Webster 3 (F/8)

In a thrilling contest on the campus on South Webster High School, the New Boston Tigers’ softball program was able to claim a 4-3 victory over the South Webster Jeeps’ softball program on Tuesday evening in a nonconference bout between the two Scioto County programs.

During the extra-inning affair, both units were led by their pitchers in the circle as Taylen Hickman and Gwen Messer each proved to have strong outings. Both pitchers went the complete eight innings, with Hickman striking out 10 and walking two for a five-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio and Messer mowing through an incredible 15 batters en route to a three-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio.

At the plate, Hickman was also a big time force for New Boston, going 3-for-4 at the dish with two runs scored in the contest. Ali Hamilton (1-for-4, triple, RBI) was also critical, as was Tasha Poole (1-for-4, run scored), Shelby Easter (1-for-3, walk, stolen base), and Lexus Oiler (1-for-4). Sammy Oiler, Morgan Rawlins, and Mariah Buckley each drew walks, with Buckley walking twice, stealing a base, and scoring a run for the Lady Tigers.

As for South Webster, Bri Smith continued her hot hitting, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, an RBI, a stolen base, and two runs scored, while Baylee Cox went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, an RBI, and two runs scored. Kaylee Hadinger went 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, and an RBI, while Mack Keller went 2-for-4 to round out the multi-hit performances for the Lady Jeeps.

Messer (1-for-3, walk, three stolen bases, RBI) and Hayleigh Elliott (1-for-3, run scored) rounded out the South Webster brigade.

Green 24, East 0 (F/5)

Behind four multi-hit performances and a complete game three-hitter from Ava Jenkins — who was one of the four players to reach the multi-hit column — the Green Bobcats’ softball program was able to claim a 24-0 mercy-rule victory over the East Tartans’ softball program on Tuesday evening in Franklin Furnace.

At the plate, Cass Kellogg proved to be the main standout as Kellogg ultimately went 3-for-3 with a double, two walks, two RBI, and five runs scored, while Rachael Cline went 2-for-3 with a triple, two walks, five RBI, and two runs scored and Kerston Sparks went 2-for-3 herself with three RBI to fuel the offensive attack.

Jenkins (2-for-2, two walks, four RBI, four runs scored at the plate) struck out six and walked two for a three-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio on the circle, while Mac Carver (1-for-1, three walks, three RBI, four runs scored) and Charli Blevins (1-for-3, walk, two stolen bases, four runs scored) all obtained hits on the day. Megan Johnson and Kori Derifield each walked once, scored once, and drove in a run to round out the Green output.

Oak Hill 8, West 1

In an SOC II makeup bout that was played in Oak Hill, the West Senators’ softball program wasn’t able to claim victory over the Oak Hill Oaks’ softball program as West fell to Oak Hill, 8-1, on Tuesday evening.

Taylor Coleman and Sammy Tatman each led the West offense by going 1-for-2 with a walk. Coleman also threw a complete game for the Lady Senators in the circle.

Laney Ayers (1-for-4, triple, run scored) and Madison Cochran (1-for-4, RBI) rounded out the hitting for West, while Daisy Holsinger and Abbi Pack collected sacrifices for the Lady Senators.


Green 10, East 0 (F/5)

Behind perfect 3-for-3 days at the plate by Tayte Carver and Bryce Ponn, along with 13 strikeouts and a complete game by the latter on the mound, the Green Bobcats’ baseball program was able to claim a mercy-rule victory over the East Tartans’ baseball program on Tuesday evening.

Carver, who collected a double, two RBI, stole two bases, and scored twice, and Ponn, who added a double, four RBI, and two runs scored to the table, led a powerful offense that notched a dozen hits and scored in all but one inning. Tanner Kimbler (2-for-3, two doubles, two RBI, three runs scored), Levi Singleton (2-for-3, two doubles, two RBI), and Rylee Maynard (1-for-2, two walks, two stolen bases, three runs scored) rounded out the offensive output for Green (8-1, 5-0 SOC I).

“Bryce struggled a bit with command tonight, but managed to make big pitches when it counted,” Green head coach Dan McDavid said. “He also helped himself at the plate twice. Tanner remained a model of consistency, Tayte raked tonight, and Levi, who has been an important piece for us all year, had a big two-out RBI double in the first inning that he really put a charge into.”

Eastern 6, Clay 2

Despite a solid outing from Dakota Dodds on the mound, two RBI from Reece Whitley, and two hits from Bradley McCleese, the Clay Panthers’ baseball program dropped an SOC I bout to Eastern, 6-2, in Rosemount.

Dodds pitched four and one-third innings of seven-strikeout, three-hit baseball, but four Clay errors proved to be the Panthers’ undoing.

McCleese, who notched a double in his 2-for-3 effort, Whitley, who obtained his two RBI on 1-for-4 effort — which included a double — and Keith Cottle, who went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored, led the way offensively. Dodds (1-for-3), Shaden Malone (1-for-3), and Evan Woods (1-for-4, run scored) rounded out the Clay output from an offensive standpoint.

“We just didn’t come to play (on Tuesday evening),” Clay head coach Marc Cottle said. “We had some costly errors and left too many runners on base. I give credit to Eastern. They took advantage of our mistakes, are well coached, and are a very good baseball team.


Wheelersburg 3, Minford 2

In a sensational tennis match that was played at Minford on Tuesday evening, the Wheelersburg Pirates’ tennis program was able to defeat the Minford Falcons’ tennis program, 3-2, in an SOC bout.

Drew Jackson, Wheelersburg’s top hand in the singles ranks, claimed another strong bout by obtaining a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Minford’s Caden Wilcox as the junior allowed the Pirates to claim a 1-0 advantage early on. However, Minford’s Josh Wiehle and Zac Hammond battled right back by claiming straight-set victories of their own via 6-0, 6-3 and 6-4, 6-0 defeats of Carson McCorkle and Hunter Pistole as the Falcons took a 2-1 lead heading into doubles play.

There, however, is where Wheelersburg took control for good. The doubles tandems of Luke May and Mason Nolan, along with Travis Miller and Logan Davis, won 24 of their 30 sets en route to allowing Wheelersburg to claim the match in a sensational battle of wills.

No. 1 singles — Drew Jackson (Wheelersburg) def. Caden Wilcox (Minford) 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 singles — Josh Wiehle (Minford) def. Carson McCorkle (Wheelersburg) 6-0, 6-3

No. 3 singles — Zac Hammond (Minford) def. Hunter Pistole (Wheelersburg) 6-4, 6-0

No. 1 doubles — Luke May/Mason Nolan (Wheelersburg) def. Parker Jacobs/Sam Wiehle (Minford) 6-3, 6-1

No. 2 doubles — Travis Miller/Logan Davis (Wheelersburg) def. Adam Cordle/Andy Crank (Minford) 6-0, 6-2

Clay wins 40th consecutive game

By Kevin Colley