‘Burg softball scores wins over Hillard Darby, Bishop Ready

By Kevin Colley - kcolley@aimmediamidwest.com


Saturday (4/21)

Wheelersburg 5, Hilliard Darby 2

Behind a huge five-run outburst in the seventh and final inning of action, the Wheelersburg Pirates’ softball program, behind the persistence of Sydney Spence in the circle and huge two-out hitting by Mia Darnell, Christen Risner, and Taylor Fannin, Wheelersburg was able to overcome a 2-0 deficit to the Hilliard Darby Panthers’ softball program in the seventh and final frame of action en route to claiming a 5-2 victory over the Division I program on Saturday morning in the Symmes Valley Tournament.

Down 2-0 entering the seventh frame of play, Wheelersburg’s chances looked slim, but with runners on first and second and two outs on the scoreboard, Darnell used her base hit to right field to load the bases, and Risner followed with a double that scored both Bella Williams and Mallory Bergan to tie the score. Fannin then followed by sending a blast over the fence to grab a huge victory for the Lady Pirates.

Spence, who went the entire seven innings, allowed two runs to cross in the fifth inning of play but was virtually untouched otherwise as the sophomore held Hilliard Darby to six hits and struck out six while walking one. Spence threw 70 of her 88 pitches for strikes in the contest.

At the plate, Fannin (1-for-4, home run, three RBI, run scored) and Risner (1-for-4, double, two RBI, run scored) paced the way for the Lady Pirates, while Williams (1-for-3, run scored), Darnell (1-for-3, run scored), and Boo Sturgill (1-for-3, walk) also contributed in a heavy manner. Bergan’s seventh inning run rounded out the main contributors for Wheelersburg.

Wheelersburg 6, Columbus Bishop Ready 4

However, the heroics weren’t finished for the day as far as the Lady Pirates were concerned. After taking a 4-0 advantage through four innings of play, the Bishop Ready Silver Knights’ softball program rallied back to tie the contest at four apiece, but Boo Sturgill answered that barrage with her second double of the contest as Wheelersburg walked off in grand fashion with a 6-4 victory in another contest that came down to the seventh and final frame in the Symmes Valley Tournament.

Sturgill, who went 3-for-3 on the day with the two doubles, a walk, and three RBI, led Wheelersburg, while Mia Darnell (3-for-3, two doubles, RBI, two runs scored) and Christen Risner (2-for-3, double, walk, RBI, two runs scored) both joined Sturgill in the multi-hit parade.

Taylor Fannin (1-for-4, triple, run scored) and Bella Williams (1-for-3, run scored) joined the aforementioned trio in the hit column, while Sarah Claxon, who got the start inside the circle, threw six innings of six-hit, four-strikeout baseball to put the Lady Pirates in a position to win the contest with another quality start.

Clay 4, Seaman North Adams 0

Behind a critical complete game performance from Julia Swain, the Clay Panthers’ softball program was able to claim another big victory as Clay defeated the North Adams Green Devils’ softball program, 4-0, on Saturday morning in the first of four games in the Carol Vice Softball Classic in Rubyville.

Swain, who improved to 7-1 on the year from the circle, gave up just three hits and struck out 13 North Adams batters while walking only three in the clutch performance — obtaining a 4.33-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio in the process.

At the plate, Cassidy Wells reached base each time for Clay by going 1-for-1 with two walks, an RBI, and a run scored to lead the Lady Panthers’ offensive output. Lila Brown (1-for-2, walk, run), Ryanna Bobst (1-for-2, stolen base), Jensen Warnock (1-for-3, double, RBI), Shaelyn Vassar (1-for-3, RBI, run scored), Megan Bazler (1-for-3, two stolen bases, run scored) and Hannah Oliver (1-for-3, double) rounded out the Clay output in the first contest.

Northwest 15, Georgetown 1

Behind three hits apiece from Laiken Rice, Alexis Lute, and Haidyn Wamsley, the Northwest Mohawks’ softball program faced little trouble in a nonconference bout against the Georgetown Lady G-Men on Saturday afternoon in the second of four bouts that were held as part of the Carol Vice Softball Classic in Rubyville.

Northwest, who garnered 19 hits in the barrage, obtained outstanding performances from Alexis Lute, Laiken Rice, and Haidyn Wamsley, who were each on their usual games at the plate. The former went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, while the latter pair added their own 3-for-5 days at the dish while accumulating an RBI and two runs scored each.

Jaclyn Burchett (2-for-5, triple, three RBI, two runs scored), Lydia Emmons (2-for-3, double, RBI, run scored), and Elysia Cyrus (2-for-3, RBI, run scored) all joined the former trio in the multi-hit column, while Addi Newman (1-for-4, walk, RBI, three runs scored), Sara Smith (1-for-4, walk, two RBI, run scored), Lexi Throckmorton (1-for-5, RBI, run scored) and Bri Kelley (1-for-2) rounded out a complete performance for the Lady Mohawks, who put 10 players in the hit column as part of its 19-hit parade.

In the circle, Rice and Throckmorton combined to go the full seven innings in the circle while allowing just five hits and no earned runs during their shared time controlling the pace. Rice ultimately struck out six batters while walking just two on her own en route to obtaining a three-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio as the duo showed off their two-way abilities and promising potential throughout the day.

Clay 10, Northwest 0 (F/5)

After beginning Saturday with a quality win over a Division III opponent, the Clay Panthers’ softball program ended the day — and the newly christened Carol Vice Softball Field — with a 10-0 victory over the Northwest Mohawks’ softball program in five innings behind an excellent performance in the circle from Hannah Oliver.

The junior, who went the distance in the affair between the two Scioto County programs, allowed just four Northwest hits and struck out 10 batters while walking none in the impressive display. Oliver also went 1-for-2 at the plate with a walk and a run scored to allow the Lady Panthers to control the affair from start to finish.

At the plate, Shaelyn Vassar (3-for-4, double, triple, three RBI, stolen base, and two runs scored) had a very active and impressive day at the plate, as did Ryanna Bobst, who went 2-for-2 with a walk, two stolen bases, and two runs scored, and Julia Swain, who followed up her outing in the first contest with a double, two RBI, and a run scored.

Lila Brown (1-for-2, walk, RBI, stolen base, two runs scored), Elisa Collins (1-for-3, double, two RBI), Megan Bazler (sacrifice bunt, hit by pitch, RBI, run scored) and Cassidy Wells (walk, run scored) rounded out the Clay output.

Jaclyn Burchett, Alexis Lute, Addi Newman, and Lydia Emmons each obtained a hit for Northwest, with Burchett, Lute, and Newman going 1-for-2 at the plate and Emmons obtaining a 1-for-3 day at the dish.


Newport (Ky.) Central Catholic 8, Wheelersburg 5

Despite yet another home run for Cole Dyer, the Wheelersburg Pirates’ baseball program fell shy of capturing a nonconference victory over the Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds’ baseball program by an 8-5 tally on Saturday afternoon in the Peoples Bank Classic at Greenup County High School in Lloyd, Ky.

Dyer, who went 1-for-3 with the solo shot, a sacrifice fly RBI, and a run scored, recorded his 12th home run in 15 games to start the season. Evan Dahm went 1-for-2 with an RBI triple, a walk, and a run scored, while Trey Carter went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and two runs scored to represent the only Wheelersburg player who garnered multiple hits on the afternoon.

Jaydren Guthrie (1-for-2, double, RBI), Jalen Miller (1-for-4, double, RBI), and Connor Mullins (two walks) rounded out the Wheelersburg output.

Friday (4/20)


Portsmouth girls finish second, boys third at 2018 Dragon Invitational

Behind four additional event victories from Lynsey Shipley, as well as a victory each from Megan Calvin, Aiden Kammler, and the 4-by-200 meter relay unit of Stefan Johnson, Eugene Johnson, Dustin Meadows, and Talyn Parker, the Portsmouth Trojans’ girls and boys track programs claimed second and third place, respectively, at the 2018 Dragon Invitational that was held in Proctorville on Friday evening.

The girls, who finished second to Ashland (Ky.)’s 113 points, were led by Shipley, who took home top honors in the long jump (16 feet, eight-and-a-half inches), and the 100, 200, and 400 meter dashes, clicking off times of 12.67, 26.49, and 59.63, respectively en route to annihilating her competition.

Calvin’s jump of four feet, 10 inches edged Ironton’s Rylee McDonald (four feet, eight inches) for first place in the high jump, and she added a long jump of 14 feet, two-and-a-quarter inches to take home fourth place in the girls long jump. Jaiden Rickett and Aiden Fields added top-five finishes in the girls pole vault and the girls shot put, respectively, with Rickett collecting a 32 feet, six-inch throw, and the 4-by-200 meter relay unit of Calvin, Lauren Donges, Andrea Thomas, and Chloe Minton clicked off a time of 1:59.78 to place in the second position overall.

As for the boys, Kammler’s victory in the 3200 meter run (10:24.96) and the 4-by-200 meter relay unit of Stefan Johnson, Eugene Johnson, Dustin Meadows, and Talyn Parker (1:35.81) each took home first place positions for the Trojans, who finished behind Rock Hill (112), and Ashland (Ky.) (103.50), respectively. Kammler also added a second place finish in the 1600 meter run (4:40.77).

Gabe Gambill (third, shot put, 43 feet, nine-and-a-half inches), Tyler McCoy (fourth, 300 meter hurdles, 44.81), and Parker (fifth, 100 meter dash, 11.69), and the boys 4-by-400 and 4-by-800 meter relay units (both fifth place finishes) all claimed top-five finishes.

New Boston 33, East 4 (F/5)

Behind an astonishing display at the plate, which included seven extra-base hits, 28 hits overall in 47 plate appearances, a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts, and a career day at the plate from Peyton Helphinstine, the New Boston Tigers’ softball program was able to claim a 33-4 victory over the East Tartans’ softball program in five innings on Friday evening in New Boston.

Helphinstine, who went 5-for-6 at the plate with a home run, a triple, a ridiculous nine RBI, a stolen base, and five runs scored, led New Boston with her outstanding day at the dish.

Fellow teammate Taylen Hickman — who threw three innings of one-hit, one-run softball while striking out two and walking none in the circle — also went 5-for-6, while Lexus Oiler also collected five hits in the contest. Hickman notched a double, two RBI, three stolen bases, and three runs scored at the plate, and Oiler — who went a perfect 5-for-5 for the contest — collected a triple, two doubles, three RBI, a walk, and four runs scored for the Lady Tigers. Ali Hamilton (4-for-5 with a triple, four RBI, a stolen base, and three runs scored), while Sammy Oiler (3-for-4, two walks, four RBI, three stolen bases, and an amazing six runs scored) each posted crooked batting numbers due to their excellent plate discipline.

Mariah Buckley (2-for-5, walk, two RBI, a stolen base, three runs scored), Natalie Goddard (2-for-6, three RBI, a stolen base, four runs scored), Kaylee Stone (1-for-4, walk, a stolen base, three runs scored) and Tasha Poole (1-for-6, two RBI, two runs scored) rounded out a fantastic performance by New Boston in the SOC II affair.

East was led by Victoria Escamilla (1-for-2, RBI) and Kelsey Setty (1-for-2, run scored) at the plate. Kaylee Flannery, Grace Smith, and Keke Burgess each scored a run for the Lady Tartans.

Eastern 16, Green 6 (F/5)

Despite obtaining a 3-1 lead after the first inning of action and receiving a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate from Green’s Mac Carver, the Green Bobcats’ softball program fell to the Eastern Eagles’ softball program, 16-6, in a SOC I bout that was held in Beaver on Friday evening.

Carver, who obtained two RBI and a run scored due to her previously mentioned 3-for-3 output, was followed by Rachael Cline, who went 1-for-1 with a walk and two RBI, and Ava Jenkins, who went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored.

Charli Blevins (1-for-3, run scored), Kame Sweeney (1-for-3, run scored), and Cass Kellogg (walk, run scored) rounded out the remaining offensive contributors.


Clay 10, Notre Dame 0

Behind another outstanding performance on the mound from Dakota Dodds and a fantastic performance at the dish from Bradley McCleese, the Clay Panthers’ baseball program was able to claim an impressive 10-0 victory over the Notre Dame Titans’ baseball program on Friday evening in Portsmouth.

Dodds, who threw five complete innings on the bump, gave up just one Notre Dame hit and fanned eight Titans’ batters while striking out two during the contest for a four-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio. The sophomore was aided by a Clay defense that didn’t commit an error over the entirety of the conference affair.

McCleese, who went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI, was followed closely in line by Clay Cottle (2-for-2, two walks, RBI, two runs scored), Reece Whitley (2-for-3, double, walk, two runs scored), and Evan Woods (2-for-4, walk, run scored). McCleese, Cottle, and Woods — who stole four, three, and three bases, respectively — combined to go a perfect 10-for-10 in swipes for the contest.

Jaden Jessee (1-for-5, RBI, two runs scored), Shaden Malone (1-for-4, RBI), McGwire Garrison (two RBI) and Dodds (walk, hit by pitch, RBI) rounded out yet another strong offensive showing for Clay.

Notre Dame was led by CJ Corns (1-for-4) and Tucker Hermann (1-for-2, walk) at the plate. Austin Kammer (two walks), Gabe Pettay (walk), and Ethan Palmer (walk) rounded out the Titans’ efforts.

Valley 23, Northwest 7 (F/5)

In a wild SOC II affair that ultimately resulted in 21 hits between both units, the Valley Indians’ baseball program was able to use an offensive explosion to overcome a 6-0 deficit to the Northwest Mohawks’ baseball program after a half-inning of play en route to collecting a 23-7 victory over Valley on Friday evening in Lucasville.

As per usual, the quintet of Jared Morrow, Tanner Cunningham, Jake Ashkettle, Kayden Mollette, and Cayton Ruby all provided a spark as Morrow’s 3-for-4 performance with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, Cunningham’s 3-for-3 outing with two doubles, three RBI, a walk, and three runs scored, Ashkettle’s 2-for-3 day at the dish with a walk, three RBI, and two runs scored, Mollette’s 2-for-4 output with an RBI and three runs scored, and Ruby’s 2-for-3 mark with three RBI and two runs scored, along with a hit by pitch, were all vital in the outcome. The quintet ultimately drove in a dozen runs on the evening on their own.

Tucker Williams, who threw a complete game on the mound, overcame the six-run first inning by allowing only a single run thereafter en route to a 90-pitch outing. Williams ultimately gave up just six hits and didn’t allow an earned run while striking out eight and walking five. The senior added a walk and an RBI at the plate.

Landen Christman (1-for-2, two walks, two RBI, three runs scored), Nick Mowery (1-for-1, two RBI, run scored), and Jesse Jones (1-for-3, walk, RBI, run scored) also made a dent in the hit column, while Brecken Williams (two walks, RBI, three runs scored), Devon Wiley (hit by pitch, run scored), and Blake Wood (RBI) rounded out the efforts for the Indians.

Green 13, Eastern 0 (F/5)

Behind a complete game two-hitter on the mound from Tanner Kimbler, along with a 2-for-3 day at the plate with a walk, a double, four RBI, two stolen bases, and two runs scored from the sensational junior, the Green Bobcats’ baseball program was able to claim an impressive victory over the Eastern Eagles’ baseball program as Green clobbered Eastern, 13-0, in a SOC I contest that was played on Friday evening in Beaver.

Kimbler, who struck out 12 batters while only walking one in his complete game effort, moved to 3-1 on the year from the bump and led a Green offense that pounded out 13 additional hits on Friday evening.

Rylee Maynard, who went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and three runs scored), Bryce Ponn, who went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI, and the strong freshman duo of Mason Barber, who went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored, and Levi Singleton, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI, rounded out the multi-hit performers for Green. Tayte Carver (1-for-3, double, hit-by-pitch, RBI, two runs scored) and Eli Webb (1-for-3, two RBI) rounded out a complete performance from all areas for the Bobcats (10-1, 7-0 SOC I).

“We saddled up Tanner tonight,” Green head coach Dan McDavid said. “He carried us with his arm as well as his bat. Bryce continued to slug tonight, and Rylee has really been a catalyst in the leadoff position. He gets on, and our middle of the order cleans up. We came in focused in this game, and it showed.”

Oak Hill 3, West 2

Despite a complete game pitching performance on the hill from Dylan Bradford and a 2-for-3 day at the plate from the junior, the West Senators’ baseball program ultimately saw a two-run lead slip through its fingers as West fell to the Oak Hill Oaks’ baseball program, 3-2, on Friday evening in a SOC II bout that was played in Oak Hill.

Bradford, who only allowed two hits and struck out nine while only walking three for a three-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio, added an RBI at the plate. Garrett Hurd (1-for-4, double, run scored), Marty Knittel (1-for-4), Trevor Staggs (1-for-3), Drew Cassidy (1-for-3, walk, run scored), and Kyle Howell (1-for-3, stolen base) also joined the hit column, as well.

Cade Powell (walk, RBI) rounded out the West contingent.


Wheelersburg 5, West 0

Behind fantastic displays from its No. 1 singles hand in Drew Jackson and the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles units of Seth Pertuset and Carson McCorkle, along with Travis Miller and Logan Davis, the Wheelersburg Pirates’ tennis program claimed a sweep of the matches that it played against the West Senators’ tennis program on Friday evening.

Jackson, along with the Pertuset and McCorkle pairing, didn’t lose a single one of their 24 sets played en route to setting an early tone, while the Miller and Davis pairing only lost one set in its 6-0, 6-1 victory over West’s Nick Dillow and Joel Durant at the No. 2 doubles slot. Mason Nolan, who only dropped two sets in his victory over Matt Campbell at the No. 3 singles position, and Luke May, who claimed a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 victory over West’s Kane Lewis, rounded out another strong day for the Pirates on the tennis courts.

No. 1 singles — Drew Jackson (Wheelersburg) def. Blaine Weaver (West) 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 singles — Luke May (Wheelersburg) def. Kane Lewis (West) 6-4, 6-4

No. 3 singles — Mason Nolan (Wheelersburg) def. Matt Campbell (West) 6-0, 6-2

No. 1 doubles — Seth Pertuset/Carson McCorkle (Wheelersburg) def. Brandon Weaver/Nick Crabtree (West) 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 doubles — Travis Miller/Logan Davis (Wheelersburg) def. Nick Dillow/Joel Durant (West) 6-0, 6-1

Thursday (4/19)


Wheelersburg 18, South Webster 1 (F/5)

Behind a grand slam from Sarah Claxon, a second home run from Addi Collins, and three hits from Mallory Bergan, the Wheelersburg Pirates’ softball program was able to take control early and often as Wheelersburg took home an 18-1 victory over the South Webster Jeeps’ softball program on Thursday evening in Wheelersburg.

The Lady Pirates, who posted eight runs in the fourth inning, were led by Claxon, who not only threw a complete game three-hitter — striking out two — but sprinkled in her grand slam en route to all four of her RBI and her lone run scored on her 2-for-3 day at the plate. Collins used her own homer to fuel a 1-for-2 day at the dish with a walk, two runs scored, and three RBI on the evening, while Bergan went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Freshmen Boo Sturgill (2-for-3, double, RBI, stolen base, two runs scored) and Laney Eller (1-for-3, double, walk, RBI, two runs scored) also proved to be very stout in the batting order.

Taylor Fannin (1-for-2, walk, two stolen bases, three runs scored) and Bella Williams (1-for-3, walk, run scored) also joined the hit column, while Christen Risner (RBI), Lex Nytray (walk, run scored), Alexis Smith (walk, RBI, run scored), Payton Walker (walk, RBI, run scored), Jaiden Missler (walk, RBI, run scored), Mia Darnell (RBI, run scored), and Jillian Bowen (RBI) all contributed in a heavy manner from an offensive standpoint.

South Webster was led by Baylee Cox (1-for-2, run scored) while Tori Clarke (1-for-3) and Emma Bailey (1-for-2) each added a hit for the Lady Jeeps.

By Kevin Colley


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