MCCONNELSVILLE -- Coming off a tough season last year, the Ridgewood High Lady Generals took a step in the right direction on Saturday by sweeping a doubleheader from host Morgan by scores of 11-1 and 12-6.
The Lady Generals banged out 14 hits in the game one win to support the pitching effort of Erika Michael, who worked six innings to record the win with three strikeouts and one walk.
Abbey Youngen led the RHS attack with three singles and two RBI while Amy Foreman added a triple, single and four RBI for the winners. Taylor Zinkon finished with a double and single, while Michael and Erica Olinger each chipped in with two singles.
A big six-run third inning propelled the Lady Generals to the game two victory. Zinkon turned in a complete-game pitching effort for the win, chalking up two strikeouts and walking three.
Olinger stayed hot for the Lady Generals with four base hits and three RBI, with Youngen, Jaden Wentz and Lindsey Gould each contributing a pair of singles.
West Muskingum 2
West Muskingum 2
ZANESVILLE -- Visiting Newcomerstown High found its offense in mid-season form in their Saturday afternoon twin drubbing of West Muskingum. The Lady Trojans pounded out 28 hits en route to lopsided 14-2, 11-2 wins, with the first game needing just five innings to complete.
Game one saw Jayde Bricker pocket the complete-game win, fanning four and yielding just three hits. Newcomerstown's Makenzie Moner picked up the mound win in relief for game two. Entering the contest in the fourth, she walked a pair and struck out none. Cydney McMillan worked the final two innings.
Junior Kylie Morris paced the offense in game one with a pair of homers, two singles, six RBI and three runs. Bricker, just a freshman, also poked a homer and added three RBI and Aeriel Green chipped in with two singles and a double.
In game two, the duo of Ali Hinton and Morris did most of the damage as they combined for six singles and a half dozen RBI.
Indian Valley 11,
Tusky Valley 1
GNADENHUTTEN -- Indian Valley High's softball team scored early and often en route to a season-opening 11-1 rout of visiting Tuksy Valley on Monday in the PAC opener for each school.
The Lady Braves (1-0, 1-0 PAC) failed to score in only one inning, the second, but held a narrow 3-1 lead after three.
The fourth saw the hosts score twice, then erupt for five more in the fifth before putting the game on ice and in 'mercy rule' domain with a solo tally in the sixth.
IV pitchers Kelsey Kochman, Amanda Jones and Olivia Shaw teamed up to stifle the Tusky offense. The trio of hurlers combinded for four hits yielded, seven strikeouts and four walks. Working the first three frames, Kochman was credited with the win.
Brea Rennard, Jamie Beamer and Bailey Fox paced the Indian Valley offense as the trio provided three hits each. Beamer and Fox each doubled.
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Ridgewood High suffered its first loss of the young season, a 17-4 drubbing at the hands of visiting Loudonville on Monday.
B. Leeitenberger led Loudonville (1-0) with two doubles, a single and three RBI while S. Wickline had three singles and three RBI.
For Ridgwood (2-1), Taylor Zinkon collected two singles while Abbey Youngen, Jasmine Pelphrey and Erika Michael each had an RBI single.
John Glenn 10,
NEW CONCORD -- Visiting Ridgewood ran into one of the area's traditional softball powers in John Glenn on Tuesday and the result was a 10-0, six-inning defeat for the Lady Generals.
John Glenn (2-0) got to the "mercy rule" total gradually, scoring at least one run in every inning.
Meanwhile, pitcher Kate Bass -- one-half of the Muskies' talented one-two combination along with Kerrie Dolick -- shut out Ridgewood while allowing just three harmless singles. Bass (1-0) had three strikeouts and two walks on the day.
JG scored in the first inning without a hit as Teresa Kuhns was hit by a pitch; sacrificed to second by Lydia Phillips; stole third and scored on an RBI sacrifice bunt by Kerrie Dolick.
The Lady Muskies made it 2-0 in the second when Lexi Baker singled; stole second and came all the way around to score when the ball was thrown into the outfield.
The hosts put up a three-spot in the third frame.
Danae Fields and Kuhns both singled before Kerrie Dolick delivered a triple to center to plate both runners. She then scored from third on a groundout by her sister Lauren to make it 5-0.
The lead increased to 7-0 in the fourth on a triple by Baker; an RBI single by Mackenzie Prater and an RBI double by Natalie Wahl.
Another run crossed in the fifth when Batt singled; Baker walked and Prater reached on an error before Wahl ripped an RBI single.
It ended in the sixth with a bang, with Phillips reaching on an error before Kerrie Dolick belted a two-run homer to center field.
The Muskies finished with 11 hits, led by Wahl with a double and two singles; Kerrie Dolick with a home run and triple; and Baker with a triple and single.
For Ridgewood (2-2), pitcher Erika Michael went the distance with no strikeouts, one walk and one hits batsman.
The Lady Generals' only hits were by Jasmine Pelfrey, Kalynn Bluck and Amy Foreman.
East Knox 1
HOWARD -- Behind some heavy hitting and a big fourth inning, the visiting Newcomerstown Lady Trojans ran the win streak to three with a 9-1 win over host East Knox on Tuesday.
Jayde Bricker (2-0) picked up the pitching win for NHS (3-0), fanning three and walking four with relief help from Cydney McMillan who added two strikeouts and a walk. Courtney Cole suffered the loss, striking out three and walking three.
Newcomerstown unleashed a 14-hit barrage led by Aeriel Green with a triple, double and single. Ali Hinton and Karlee Peach had a pair of doubles; Riley Kellish and Lexi Montgomery had two singles each and Kylie Morris chipped in with a double.
Jade Burwell paced East Knox with an inside-the-park home run and Bridget Dennis had a triple.
Indian Valley 0
GNADENHUTTEN -- In prep softball action on Tuesday, the Claymont High Lady Mustangs picked up a 2-0 victory over the host Indian Valley High Lady Braves in a non-league encounter.
Hayles Debolt picked up the pitching win for Claymont (1-0), while Kelsey Kochman took the loss for the Lady Brave (1-1).
Indian Valley 1,
Tusky Valley 0
ZOAR -- Indian Valley High picked up a PAC-7 road win over Tusky Valley in dramatic fashion on Wednesday by a final score of 1-0.
Locked in a scoreless battle, the Lady Braves pushed across the winning run in the seventh inning for the victory. Jamie Beamer led off for Indian Valley (2-1, 2-0 PAC-7) with a double, and came around to score with two outs on an RBI single from Katie Shamel.
Indian Valley's late game heroics gave Olivia Shaw the pitching win with a complete game shutout. Shaw finished with seven strikeouts and didn't issue a free pass in moving to 1-0 on the year.
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Four up and four down for the Newcomerstown High softball team which kept its unbeaten record intact with an 8-1 victory over Garaway in the Inter-Valley Conference opener for both teams.
The Lady Trojans (4-0, 1-0 IVC) broke the game open with a five-run fourth inning and then rode the complete-game, three-hit pitching of Cydney McMillan to victory. McMillan (1-0) recorded eight strikeouts and three walks.
Allie Hinton had two singles and an RBI for Newcomerstown while Kylie Morris had a triple and two RBI and Lexi Montgomery cracked a two-run double.
Kendall Reidenbach led Garaway (1-1, 0-1 IVC) with two singles.
Lauren Violet took the pitching loss for the Lady Pirates with four Ks and seven walks.
Sandy Valley 2
MAGNOLIA -- Visiting Ridgewood High pocketed a 4-2 win over Sandy Valley on Thursday as IVC play kicked off. Lady General pitcher Erika Michael tossed a complete game at the Lady Cardinals to up her spring mark to 2-1, fanning four and walking one in the process.
The third frame proved to be the key. During that inning, Taylor Zinkon delivered a two-run double and Emily McCoy added an RBI single. Brianna Grace chipped in a single and a double to the Ridgewood seven hit attack.
It was take no prisoners on Saturday as host Newcomerstown High demolished Coshocton in both games of a twinbill, winning 11-0 and 20-1 in 'mercy rule' fashion in each game.
The Lady Trojans tallied runs in every inning on Saturday, banging out 22 hits on the day and taking advantage of Coshocton errors and walks issued.
Enjoying multi-hit games in game one for Newcomerstown (6-0) were Kara Jenkins with two singles and an RBI and winning pitcher Jayde Bricker with two singles.
Game two began with a Lady Trojan 10-spot in the first inning which set the tone. Winning pitcher Riley Kellish helped her cause with a double, triple and three RBI. Allie Hinton and Aeriel Green each added homers to the winners' 15-hit attack.
Karlee Peach had a double, single and three RBI; Jenkins had two singles and two RBI and Alisha Moore added two singles for NHS.