Indian Valley 7,
Buckeye Trail 0
GNADENHUTTEN -- Host Indian Valley High capitalized on some sloppy Buckeye Trail defense in the early stages of Tuesday's contest.
The result was six unearned runs en route to a 7-0 whitewashing of their neighbors to the south.
A pair of Lady Brave pitchers, Amanda Jones and Olivia Shaw, combined to stifle the BT offense on just five hits, as they fanned five and walked just one.
For Indian Valley, Riley Wires provided a single and a pair of runs.
Strasburg 1, Nc'town 0
STRASBURG -- In a battle of Inter-Valley Conference titans, host Strasburg tallied an unearned run in the third and Lady Tigers pitcher Kristen LaRocca held the Newcomerstown High Lady Trojans in check on four hits en route to a 1-0 win.
LaRocca fanned nine Lady Trojan hitters and walked none. The setback was the Lady Trojans' first of the season and kept Strasburg (10-0, 4-0 IVC) unbeaten.
The Strasburg run came when Amanda Dreher reached on an infield throwing error, and moved to second on an infield out. She then got caught in a run-down between second and third, but a second Lady Trojan throwing error allowed her to reach third and head for home. A final NHS miscue allowed her to score what would prove to be the game's only run.
Lady Trojan pitcher Jayde Bricker was the hard luck loser, despite surrendering just two hits and struck out three and walked none.
Senior Allie Hinton led the Newcomersown (9-1, 2-1 IVC) offense with a single and triple.
Ridgewood 6, Hiland 3
WEST LAFAYETTE -- A three run fifth inning proved to be the difference for the Ridgewood High Lady Generals on Tuesday night in a 6-3 victory over visiting Hiland High in Inter-Valley Conference softball action.
Ericka Michael (4-2) worked six innings for RHS to register the pitching win, recording three strikeouts and walked three. Taylor Zinkon came in to work the seventh inning and picked up a save.
Hiland's Danielle Miller took the loss, striking out one with one walk.
Amy Foreman and Erica Olinger each banged out a pair of singles to lead the Lady Generals' offense, while Kaylynn Bluck and Abbey Youngen contributed RBI basehits.
Hiland was paced by T Miller, R Yoder and Marissa Mast with two singles each.
Indian Valley 10, Timken 0
CANTON -- Indian Valley High had its offense in high gear on Wednesday night with a 10-3 rout of host Timken High in PAC-7 softball action.
The Lady Braves banged out a total of 16 hits to improve to 4-1 in PAC-7 play and 6-4 overall on the season.
Kelsey Kochman led the way with four singles for IV, while Katie Shamel belted a home run, single and two RBIs. Jamie Beamer chipped in with a triple, two singles and two RBIs, with Brea Rennerd finished with triple, single and a pair of RBIs.
Picking up the pitching win for the Lady Braves was Amanda Jones with a tour inning outing, striking out two and walking two.
Indian Valley 9, New Phila 2
GNADENHUTTEN -- Continuing a strong week, the host Indian Valley Lady Braves poured in six runs in the sixth inning Thursday to roll past the visiting New Philadelphia Lady Quakers by a 9-2 score in non-league action.
Amanda Jones picked up the pitching win with three strikeouts and one walk in six innings of work and Olivia Shaw worked the seventh adding a pair of strikeouts. Kimberlyn Miller absorbed the loss fanning one and giving up four base-on-balls.
The Lady Braves (7-4) banged out 10 hits and committed just one error. Jayme Hykes led the offense with a double and two singles, while Riley Wires and Kelsey Kochman added a pair of singles each. Amanda Demattio paced the nine-hit New Philadelpia attack with a home run and single.
Nc'town 12, Ridgewood 0
WEST LAFAYETTE -- In only her second pitching start of the spring, Newcomerstown High's Karlee Peach tossed a five inning no hitter to propel the Lady Trojans to an easy 12-0 win over host Ridgewood (5-6. 3-2 IVC) in Inter-Valley Conference play on Thursday.
The freshman left-hander faced just 17 Ridgewood hitters, fanned a half dozen and walked three. Thanks to some spotless defense by her teammates, no Lady General runner advanced past first base.
While elated with Peach's effort in the circle, NHS coach John Dupke wasn't exactly surprised.
"We have a lot of pretty good pitchers," he said. "I think our depth at that position is one of our strengths. We also played solid defense. That is our biggest area of improvement over last spring."
Newcomerstown (10-1, 3-1 IVC) banged out 16 hits off of Ridgewood starter Erika Michael, who struck out none and walked just one.
Following a scoreless first inning, the Lady Trojans reached Michael for a three-spot in the second.
Aeriel Green smacked a lead-off single and swiped second. After moving to third on a ground out to the right side, she scored on a sac fly from Lexi Montgomery.
The Lady Trojans were just getting started, however.
Kara Jenkins drilled a two-out single, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on an RBI-double by Alicia Moore, who scored the third run thanks to an RBI single by Makenzi Moner.
Another two out rally produced three Lady Trojans in the fourth. Moner drove a pitch to the left-center field fence for an RBI double, plating Moore. Peach followed with an RBI double to straight away center, then came home on the only Ridgewood error of the game.
A six-run fifth by the Lady Trojans put the contest into the 'mercy rule' domain.
Green kick-started the rally with a long, wind-aided solo homer to right while teammates Lexi Montgomery, Peach, Allie Hinton, and Kylie Morris each provided base hits in the frame.
Following his team's loss, Ridgewood coach Kirby Shivers could only shake his head.
"Newcomerstown is a real solid hitting team," he offered. "After the first inning, they timed our pitcher pretty well.
"I saw some positives, however," Shivers continued. "We played very good defense. I told the kids that we just have to keep seeking improvement. There are three elements to this game: hitting, pitching and defense. Right now, we have yet to get all three in the same game often enough. We will need to become more consistent going forward if we want to make a splash in the sectional."
The post-season is on Dupke's mind also as the season closes in on the half-way point.
"I like where we are right now," the NHS coach said. "Our defense is solid and has only committed eight errors all season, but three of them came in our loss to Strasburg.
"We need to continue to improve our focus and be ready every game," he continued. "If we want to catch Strasburg, we can't have a letdown. The girls have to want to get even better."
Claymont 7, Ridgewood 2
Claymont 5, Ridgewood 1
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Visiting Claymont managed a decisive scoring inning in each game of Saturday double header sweep of host Ridgewood High.
A four run seventh in game one produced a 7-2 triumph for the Lady Mustangs while a three run fifth did in the locals in the 5-1 second game.
Claymont got 20 base hits and solid pitching from Haylea Debolt in game one and Sam Arnold in game two. The Lady Mustang duo limited the Lady Generals to just 10 hits on the day.
For the Lady Generals (5-8), Abby Youngen produced a double and triple on the day while Taylor Zinkon had a pair of singles and a double in game two.
Erika Michael and Zinkon absorbed the pitching losses.
Nc'town 6, Tusky Valley 1, Nc'town 11,
Tusky Valley 2
ZOARVILLE -- Continuing their winning ways, the visiting Newcomerstown Lady Trojans swept a pair from the host Tuscarawas Valley Lady Trojans Saturday afternoon in non-league competition.
Newcomerstown wasted no time in the opener jumping on the Tusky Valley starter junior Kaidee Walter for five runs in the first two innings and then plated another in the fourth to extend the lead to 6-0. Tusky Valley got its lone run in the sixth when Sarah Hostetler, who collected a double and single, on the day scored.
Jayde Bricker picked up the win in the circle for Newcomerstown striking out three and walking two Walter suffered the loss fanning three and giving up two free passes.
Karlee Peach paced the Newcomerstown offense with a home run, scored two runs and knocked in a pair. Makenzie Moner added a single and scored three times. Hostetler had half of Tusky Valley's four hits.
In the nightcap, Newcomerstown again jumped in front early with three runs the opening frame and two more in the second and Peach limited the host Lady Trojans to eight hits and two runs as the visiting Lady Trojans made it a sweep with the 11-2 win.
Peach struck out two and walked two in earning her third win against no loses. Southers absorbed the loss for Tusky Valley with three strikeouts and didn't issue a base-on-balls.
Newcomerstown (12-1) banged out 13 hits paced by Allie Hinton with a home run, double and single scoring three times and collecting a pair of RBI. For Tusky Valley (0-16) Rebecca Radabaugh led the offense with a pair of singles and knocked in one run.