Weather played havoc a little this past week with area softball schedules forcing some games to be postponed as the season is beginning to quickly wind down.
The Indian Valley Lady Braves had the best week with a sterling 4-1 mark, while Newcomerstown lost two close games and Ridgewood was 0-4 for the week.
Malvern 8, Ridgewood 0
MALVERN -- Terra Zeiger tossed a three-hit shutout as the host Malvern Lady Hornets claimed a 8-0 win over the visiting Ridgewood Lady Generals on Monday.
Malvern (12-5, 4-4) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening two innings, then tacked on four insurance runs in the fourth as Zeiger (11-5) limited the visitors to three singles, while fanning eight, walking one and hitting two batters. Freshman Erika Michael (0-9) absorbed the loss for Ridgewood recording four strikeouts and no walks.
The Lady Hornets banged out nine hits led by Paige Thompson with three-run and a two-run homers and a double, while Zeiger helped herself with two singles and Kyra Wadsworth chipped in with a pair of singles. For Ridgewood (2-14, 0-8 IVC) all three hits were singles by Abbey Youngen, Taylor Zinkon and sophomore catcher Emily McCoy.
Tusky Catholic 6, Ridgewood 1
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Host Ridgewood stayed close with state ranked Tusky Catholic for half the game, but some late inning scoring gave the Lady Saints a 6-1 IVC win on Tuesday.
Ridgewood's Taylor Zinkon absorbed the mound loss, surrendering 10 hits, fanning one and walking five.
The Lady Generals collected 10 hits with Amy Foreman and Jordan Cognion each providing a pair of singles. Abby Younger had Ridgewood's only RBI.
New Lexington 7, Ridgewood 4
New Lexington 7, Ridgewood 4
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Host Ridgewood High dropped a non-league doubleheader to New Lexington High on Saturday by identical scores of 7-4, 7-4 to drop to 2-18 on the season.
In game one, it was Taylor Zinkon (2-7) taking the pitching loss for the Lady Generals with one strikeout and one walk.
Zinkon led the RHS offense with a pair of singles, while Abby Youngen, Jordan Cognion and Erica Olinger each had a basehit.
New Lexington (11-9) was paced by Brooke Baker with two doubles, two singles, while Sydney Zycinski belted a two-run home run and added an RBI single.
In game two, Erika Michael (0-10) absorbed the pitching loss for Ridgewood with two strikeouts and one walk.
Emily McCoy collected two singles with three RBI to pace the Lady Generals, while Jasmine Youngen chipped in with an RBI single.
Tatum Brown doubled, with two singles for New Lexington and Ashley Warner added a pair of doubles.
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Navarre Fairless 9, Indian Valley 1
NAVARRE -- Visiting Indian Valley managed just five hits and a single run in dropping a 9-1 decision to Fairless on Monday.
Kelsey Kochman suffered the pitching loss with a strikeout and three walks, while Amanda Jones came on in relief in the fourth frame and added four strikeouts and a pair of walks.
The lone extra base hit for the Lady Braves (3-10) was a double by Katie Shamel.
Indian Valley 14, Coshocton 2
GNADENHUTTEN -- The Lady Braves returned home and earned an impressive 14-2 "mercy rule" drubbing of non-league Coshocton on Tuesday. Pitchers Kelsey Kochman and Amanda Jones combined to limit the opposition to just five hits, while fanning eight and walking four.
The hurlers got plenty of offensive support. Kochman, Rikki Ohler and Katie Shamel each stroked two singles. Brea Rennard smacked a pair of triples and Baili Fox added a double to the 14-hit attack.
Indian Valley 14, Fairless 11
GNADENHUTTEN -- Host Indian Valley High handed Fairless its first loss in PAC-7 play with an 14-11 victory on Wednesday.
Amanda Jones picked up the pitching win for the Lady Braves, working five innings with five strikeouts and seven walks.
Jayme Hykes led the Indian Valley (5-10, 3-6 PAC-7) attack with a triple, single and two RBI, while Rikki Ohler chipped in with a double, single and three RBI. Katie Shamel added a pair of doubles, with two RBI for the winners.
Fairless (11-6, 7-1 PAC-7) was paced by Bre Tucker with a pair of basehits.
Indian Valley 10, Canton Timken 3
GNADENHUTTEN -- Indian Valley picked up its sixth win of the season, pounding visiting Canton Timken by a 10-3 count on Friday.
The Lady Braves (6-10) were led at the plate by Brea Rennard with a triple and two singles and Katie Shamel with a double and two singles. Other hitters for IVHS included Vanessa Zeigler with two doubles, Rikki Ohler and Baili Fox with two singles each; and Kelsey Coachgman with a triple.
Coachman got the pitching win with four Ks and no walks, with Amanda Jones pitching the final two innings and recording two Ks.
Kristi Burge led Timken (5-10) with three singles.
Indian Valley 18, Canton South 7
CANTON -- Visiting Indian Valley High got the offense in high gear on Saturday to roll to an 18-7 victory over Canton South.
Vanessa Ziegler led the Lady Braves by belting a grand slam home run, while Katie Shamel chipped in with a double and two singles for the winners.
Kelsey Kochman tossed a complete game for Indian Valley (7-10) to record the win, with two strikeouts and two walks.
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Hiland 4, Newcomerstown 3
BERLIN -- In a Inter-Valley Conference upset Monday, the host Hiland Lady Hawks pushed across a pair of runs in the seventh inning to slip past Newcomerstown. 4-3.
In the fateful seventh inning, Hiland led off with back-to-back singles with the third batter hitting a blooper over the secondbaseman's head and the right fielder came up throwing to third for a fielder's choice. The base umpire called the runner out, but his call was reversed by the plate umpire to leave the bases loaded. The next batter singled to center, but the centerfielder cut down the runner trying to score for the first out of the inning. With the bases still juiced, the Lady Trojans got a pop up to third for the second out, but a bloop single to right center chased home the winning runs providing the upset win for the Lady Hawks.
Maryssa Mast picked up the pitching win with three strikeouts and one walk. Cydney McMillan (11-4) suffered the hard-luck loss fanning four and walking four.
Both teams collected eight hits with Alisha Moore blasting a double and single to lead Newcomerstown (13-4, 6-3 IVC) with Taylor Postel and Allie Hinton each adding a triple. Virginia Keim and Danielle Miller paced Hiland (8-8, 4-5 IVC) with a pair of singles each.
Claymont 9, Newcomerstown 8
UHRICHSVILLE -- After jumping out to a 7-2 lead, the visiting Newcomerstown Lady Trojans gave up six runs in the final two regulation innings with eight errors while getting just one to force the game to extra innings Tuesday at Claymont. Following two scoreless extra innings, the Lady Mustangs squeezed in a run in the bottom of the 10th frame to escape with a 9-8 victory.
Cydney McMillan (11-5) was the Newcomerstown starter and came back following 2.1 innings of relief work by Aeriel Green to take the hard-luck loss. McMillan had eight strikeouts and four walks and Green added one of each.
Demi Wisnieski was the Claymont starter, but she didn't make it out of the first inning giving up two walks before Haylea Devold came on in relief. Devold finished the game and picked up the win with seven strikeouts and four walks.
The Lady Trojans (13-5) out-hit Claymont, 12-8, led by Allie Hinton with two doubles and a single while Katelyn Stringer added three singles; Green rapped a double; and Alisha Moore and McMillan each chipped in a pair of singles.
Ashley Langdon paced Claymont (8-7) with a home run and two singles, while Alexis Smith added a pair of singles.