STRASBURG -- Despite a solid effort, the Ridgewood High Lady Generals dropped a 4-0 decision to Inter-Valley Conference power Strasburg in prep softball action on Monday.
Taylor Zinkon (1-5) took the hard luck loss with a six inning outing, finishing with six strikeouts and just one walk. Kristina LaRocca held the RHS offense in check, punching out 13 hitters and allowing just two free passes.
Zinkon laced a double to pace Ridgewood's five hit total, with Abbey Youngen, Amy Foreman, Erica Olinger and Emily McCoy each adding a single.
Karly DiBacco led Strasburg (14-1, 7-0 IVC) with a pair of singles, while Olivia Ray ripped a double for the Lady Tigers.
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- The Newcomerstown High Lady Trojan offensive machine kept rolling on Monday with an 11-2 Inter Valley Conference win over visiting Malvern.
The Lady Hornets (4-8) tallied the game's first runs when they plated a pair in their third.
The mini-rally served as something of a wake-up call for Newcomerstown (13-1, 4-1 IVC), which erupted for five-run innings in the fourth and fifth to put the game our of reach.
Jayde Bricker notched the pitching win in relief of Riley Kellish. The duo combined to scatter five hits, fan five and walk four.
Aeriel Green blasted another homer to help pace the offense. She added a single and three RBIs. Kellish had two singles while Makenzi Moner and Alisha Moore each had a pair of RBIs.
Indian Valley 0
GNADENHUTTEN -- Visiting Dover plated a pair of runs the opening inning and made it stand up as the Lady Tornadoes shut out the host Indian Valley Lady Braves 2-0 Tuesday in a non-league contest.
Amanda Jones suffered the pitching loss for the Lady Braves with four strikeouts and no walks while surrendering eight hits including a pair of doubles.
Indian Valley (8-5) collected five hits, all singles by Jones, Riley Wires, Jamie Beamer, Jayme Hykes and Katie Shamel but the Lady Braves were guilty of four errors and struck out 12 times.
SUGARCREEK -- Freshman Jayde Bricker not only picked up her seventh win against two losses in the circle, but she blasted a grand-slam home run in the third inning to power the visiting Newcomerstown Lady Trojans to a 9-7 Inter-Valley Conference win Garaway on a cold, windy and wet Thursday.
Bricker struck out three, walked two and hit one batter while giving up eight hits. Lauren Violet took the loss for Garaway with help from Cassie Yoder in the sixth inning. The duo combined for four strikeouts and six walks.
Newcomerstown (14-2, 5-2 IVC) collected 13 hits, led by Bricker with the big homer. Karlee Peach added a double and two singles, while Makenzie Moner tacked on a pair of safeties.
Catcher Anya Misko paced the Garaway offense with a pair of round-trippers, while Lexi Lingler added a double and single, Kendall Reidenbach cracked a double and Krista Beachy had a pair of singles.
Sandy Valley 8
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Visiting Sandy Valley earned a split on the year with the host Ridgewood Lady Generals with an 8-5 Inter-Valley Conference win on Thursday.
Ridgewood won on the road earlier at Sandy Valley by a 4-2 score.
Erika Michael (4-6) absorbed the loss for Ridgewood, striking out four and walking three. Abbie Hughes picked up the pitching win for the Lady Cardinals fanning seven and giving up just one free pass.
Amy Foreman led the six-hit Ridgewood offense with two triples driving in three runs. Abby Youngum added a double and single, while Jasmine Pelfrey and Michael added a single each. The pitcher Hughes was the big bat for the Lady Cardinals with two doubles and a single good for three RBI, while Chloe Otte added a triple and single and scored two runs.
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- A potent Newcomerstown High offense was in high gear on Saturday with a pair of five-inning mercy wins over visiting Minerva in non-league softball action.
The Lady Trojans rolled to a 12-2 game one win, followed by a 14-1 victory in the second game of the twinbill. NHS is now 16-2 on the season.
In game one, NHS banged out 18 hits led by senior slugger Allie Hinton with a pair of doubles, a home run and five RBIs, while Lexi Montgomery chipped in with three singles and Karlee Peach slugged a pair of doubles. Kara Jenkins finished with a single, double, while Kylie Morris and Alicia Moore each added a pair of singles for the Lady Trojans.
Riley Kellish improved to 2-0 on the year with the pitching win, striking out five and walking two. Minerva's Rachel Eberling took the loss, striking out four and walking three.
Cara Kunz led the Minerva offense with a solo home run in the fourth inning.
In game two, it was more of the same with the Lady Trojans collecting 14 hits, with Hinton staying hot with her second "big fly" of the day (her sixth of the year) along with a single and three RBIs. Peach again stroked a pair of two-base hits, while Aeriel Green smacked two doubles, a single and two RBIs. Morris chipped in with a home run (her 4th of the year) and Montgomery contributed a pair of singles.
Jayde Bricker (7-2) picked up the pitching win for NHS, with two strikeouts and no walks and Shelby Amatangelo was tagged with the pitching loss for Minerva.
Kunz again paced the Minerva attack with a pair of singles and an RBI while Shanna Kelly added a single and double.
New Lexington 5,
New Lexington 10,
NEW LEXINGTON -- Visiting Ridgewood High dropped a pair of games to New Lexington in non-league softball action on Saturday.
Sydney Wycinski's single in the bottom of the eighth scored Tatum Brown with the winning run in the Lady Panters the narrow 5-4 win.
Brown picked up the pitching win for New Lex, finishing with three strikeouts and two walks. Taylor Zinkon of Ridgewood absorbed the loss, fanning four and walking three.
Amy Foreman led RHS at the plate with a double and single, while Erica Olinger chipped in with a pair of basehits and Kalynn Bluck laced an RBI single.
New Lex was paced by Ally Foreman with a double and single, with Moriah Hicks chipping in with two singles for the winners.
Game two was all New Lex in the five-inning mercy win.
Brown again got credit for the pitching win, finishing with four strikeouts and no walks. Erica Michael took the loss for the Lady Generals, with one strikeout and one walk.
Ridgewood (5-13) managed just a pair of scattered singles from Jasmine Pelfrey and Brianna Grace in the loss.
Ashley Warner led New Lex (10-9) with three singles, while Casey Dillon ripped a double, single with two RBIs in the win.