Strasburg 6, Newcomerstown 2

STRASBURG -- For the second time this spring, the Newcomerstown Lady Trojans played defending state champion Strasburg tough, only to drop a 6-2 IVC road decision on Monday.

After posting single runs in their first and fourth, the Lady Tigers (15-5, 9-1 IVC) cemented the triumph with four in their fifth.

Newcomerstown (13-6, 6-4 IVC) got a solo homer from Katelyn Stringer (her fourth of the season) and an RBI single from Kelsey McCune to tally single runs in the sixth and seventh.

Karly DiBacco was the winning pitcher. She struck out eight, walked two and yielded four hits to the Lady Trojans.

For Newcomerstown, Cydney McMillan took the loss, fanning three and walking three. She gave up six hits.

Strasburg's Mariah Crites provided a pair of RBIs to propel her team's offense.

Newcomerstown 7, Shenandoah 0

NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Junior Cydney McMillan was in complete control on Wednesday for the Newcomerstown High Lady Trojans, tossing a complete-game shutout at visiting Shenandoah with a 7-0 final score.

McMillan allowed just three hits, with 11 strikeouts and no walks in improving her season mark to 12-6. Jesse Long took the loss for the Lady Zeps (12-7), slipping to 12-5 on the season with five strikeouts and no walks.

Katelyn Stringer led the Lady Trojans (14-6) with a pair of singles, while Aeriel Green ripped a double for the winners.

Shenandoah's limited offense was led by Sammy Sickle with a double.

Newcomerstown 6, Tusky Catholic 4

NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Newcomerstown High showed it can play with the "big girls" on Friday, knocking off top-ranked Tuscarawas Central Catholic, 6-4, in an Inter-Valley Conference game called by rain after six innings.

The Lady Trojans' victory snapped TCC's 18-game winning streak and boosts NHS to 15-6 on the season (8-4 in the IVC).

Newcomerstown scored two runs in the second inning and tacked on four in the third to take a 6-0 lead and then held off TCC which scored one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth before the rain came in the bottom of the sixth.

"To be able to knock off the No. 1 team in Ohio is a pretty nice boost going into the tournament," said NHS coach John Dupke. "We hit the ball well the first time we played them, too, but we just had too many errors. I told them to be aggressive at the plate and we did that tonight."

Cydney McMillan (14-6) got the pitching win for the Lady Trojans with relief help from Aeriel Green. McMillan had one strikeout and Green had one walk.

Drew Abbas took the loss for TCC (19-2, 12-2 IVC), with Haley Puttney coming on in relief in the third inning.

Allie Hinton had a two-run home run and two singles to lead NHS while Green had a home run, single and three RBI. Other hit leaders included Taylor Postel and Lexi Montgomery with two singles each; McMillan with a double and single; and Katelyn Stringer with an RBI double.

Newcomerstown 6, Minerva 4

Newcomerstown 10, Minerva 9

MINERVA--The Newcomerstown Lady Trojan softball team matched the school record for wins in a season (18) with a 6-4, 10-9 double header sweep of host Minerva on Saturday.

Pitcher Cydney McMillan earned both mound wins to improve her 2012 mark to 16-6. She did get a little relief help from Ariel Green in game two.

Game one saw the winners fall behind 2-0 early, then explode for four in the second and two more in the fourth to earn the win. Six different players had hits for Newcomerstown with Taylor Postel, Allie Hinton and Green collecting an extra base hit each.

Newcomerstown (18-6) pounded out 20 base hits in game two with a couple of hitters producing impressive stat lines. Hinton finished with two singles, three doubles, a pair of runs, and two RBIs. Katelyn Stringer added four singles and four RBI.

The Lady Trojans raced out to a 10-3 lead in game two, but had to hold on as Minerva (10-11) rallied with four in their fifth and two in their seventh to account for the one-run final score.

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Indian Valley 6, Tuslaw 5

MASSILLON -- Indian Valley High took to the road Monday and returned home with a 6-5 victory over Tuslaw in PAC-7 action.

Kelsey Kochman worked five innings to record the pitching win for the Lady Braves (8-10), with three strikeouts and two walks.

Rikki Ohler paced the Indian Valley attack with a double, two singles, while Bailey Fox chipped in with two doubles and a single. Katie Shamel belted a home run and double, while Jamie Hykes also went deep with a "Big" Fly for the Lady Braves.

Tuslaw got a pair of singles from Wadian.

Indian Valley 10, Claymont 4

UHRICHSVILLE -- Indian Valley inched closer to the .500 mark on the season on Tuesday, picking up a 10-4 victory over host Claymont.

With the win, the Lady Braves improved to 9-10 on the year.

Amanda Jones went six innings to pick up the pitching win for IV, striking out six and walking just one, Jones also contributed on offense with a double and single.

Jamie Hykes and Bailey Fox each smacked a home run and double to lead the Lady Braves, while Vanessa Zeigler ripped a pair of triples.

Tuslaw 7, Indian Valley 5

GNADENHUTTEN -- In the second meeting of the two this week, visiting Tuslaw avenged a Monday loss with a 7-5 win over host Indian Valley on Wednesday.

Amanda Jones, who pitched well on Tuesday, took the loss for Indian Valley with relief help from Kelsey Kochman. Jones struck out five and walked two in three innings of work. Patterson picked up the win for Tuslaw fanning five and walking two.

Tuslaw banged out 12 hits led by Madzia with a double and two singles, while Patterson helped her own cause with three singles.

Leading Indian Valley (9-11) at the plate was Rikki Ohler with three singles while Jayme Hykes added a double.

Indian Valley 7, Ridgewood 6

(Division III Sectional)

CAMBRIDGE -- Indian Valley High outlasted Ridgewood High by a 7-6 count in opening round action at the Division III sectional softball tournament at Cambridge City Park on Saturday.

With the game tied at 6-6, the Lady Braves plated the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a game-winning RBI single from Jamie Hykes. Rikkie Ohler scored the winning run after leading off the inning by reaching after being hit-by-pitch. Ohler stole second base and then Liz Smith sacrificed her to third to set up Hykes's game-winning basehit.

"We made it exciting that's for sure," Indian Valley coach Aaron Kochman said. "The girls hung in there and got the job done."

Amanda Jones picked up the pitching win in relief of starter Kelsey Kochman for Indian Valley. Jones finished with five strikeouts and two walks. Taylor Zinkon suffered the pitching loss for Ridgewood in relief of Erica Michaels.

Hykes led the Lady Braves (10-11) with a home run, double and two singles with five RBI. Kochman added two singles and Katie Shamel ripped a double for the winners.

Jasmine Pelfrey doubled and single to pace the Lady Generals (2-21), while Abbey Youngen finished with three singles.

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Hiland 11, Ridgewood 2

WEST LAFAYETTE -- For five innings things looked good for host Ridgewood High on Tuesday, but then the roof came crashing in as the Hiland High Lady Hawks rallied for an 11-2 victory in Inter-Valley Conference softball action.

The Lady Generals enjoyed a 2-0 lead heading to the fifth inning, but the Lady Hawks strung together innings of three, five and three to rally back for the victory.

Erika Michael (0-11) absorbed the pitching loss for RHS, striking out three and walking one.

Ridgewood (2-19, 0-10 IVC) managed just five singles from Jasmine Pelfrey with an RBI, Taylor Zinkon, Amy Foreman, Erica Olinger and Kaynn Bluck. Abbey Youngen picked up the other Lady Generals' RBI with a sacrifice fly.

Diane Keim led Hiland (12-9, 6-5 IVC) with three singles, while Marisa Mast chipped in with two singles and four RBI.

Zanesville 9, Ridgewood 8

ZANESVILLE --Visiting Ridgewood High came out on the short end of a 9-8 score against Zanesville on Friday, with the Lady Devils pulling it out with an RBI single by Hayden Bailey in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Payge Delbert got the pitching win for Zanesville (6-13), with Erika Michael taking the loss for Ridgewood (2-21).

Ashonda Underwood led Zanesville with three singles and an RBI while Bailey added two singles and two RBI.

For the Lady Generals, Amy Forman collected a double, single and two RBI; Jasmine Pelfrey had two singles and an RBI; and Emily McCoy added a single and two RBI.