Indian Valley 10, Cambridge 0

GNADENHUTTEN - Host Indian Valley High notched its first sectional tournament win in seven years as it knocked off Cambridge, 10-0, in five innings to bring the Lady Bobcats’ season to a conclusion on Tuesday.

The Lady Braves entered the game as the No. 3 seed in the Division II Sectional while the Lady ‘Cats were seeded 15th.

"It’s really special for us," offered first-year Indian Valley coach Dusty Braun. "There is clearly a lot of talent here, but we have just really struggled come tournament time. The girls played great today, and we will just look to improve on base running going forward."

Errors continued to be a problem for the Lady ‘Cats as they were guilty of three miscues that allowed four unearned runs to score.

"If you give a team more than three outs an inning, you’re going to get beat," Cambridge coach Bob Shepard admitted. "It makes it tough on the pitchers and puts more stress on the offense. You have to stay mentally focused and play through those mistakes."

Indian Valley scored the game’s first run in the home half of the opening frame when Maddie Dryden blasted an RBI-double to straight-away center field to score Raegan Wires.

The Lady Braves capitalized on two errors by the visitors in the second inning to score four more times and take a 5-0 lead entering the third frame.

In the bottom of the third, IVHS ripped five hits and scored five more runs to take a 10-0 edge and bring the mercy rule into effect.

Kayla Tschudy was nearly-perfect in the circle for the Lady Braves (19-2), allowing only one base runner (a hit batter) and had a no-hitter going in four innings of work, but Lamphear broke up the ‘no-no’ in the fifth with an infield single.

"Kayla was throwing the ball really well," Braun said. "She has a great curve ball and change up, but I cut her off at 40 pitches and brought Courtney (Beckly) to pitch the fifth. They have both been outstanding all year and they really complement each other very well."

Kiersten Bichard pitched for Cambridge (6-16), striking out one while walking three in a complete-game loss.

"My pitchers were victims of a lot of unearned runs this year," Shepard said. "We are going to work and get ourselves back and ready for next year. The kids are going to work hard in the summer and the fall and we are looking forward to next season."

Pacing Indian Valley at the plate was Payton Guspyt with two doubles and a game-high three RBI. Brenlyn Rostad added a single and two RBI and Wires scattered a pair of base hits and scored three times.


Ridgewood 7, Coshocton 0

COSHOCTON -- The 10th seeded Ridgewood Lady Generals upset No. 5 seed Coshocton, 7-0, to claim the Division III Sectional crown on Wednesday.

The Lady Generals took early command with two runs in the first inning and three more in the third which was capped off by a two-run double by Sadie Wilson.

Ridgewood (9-15) added two more runs in the top of the sixth frame providing the 7-0 final.

Sydney Zinkon (7-12) was dominant in the circle for the Lady Generals as she threw a complete-game shutout allowing only two hits and three walks while fanning six.

Abby Harding and Kailee Harris each had RBI-doubles for RHS while Morgan Mattis added an RBI single and Kassidy Alexander chipped in with a base hit and two stolen bases.

"We did about everything right," offered Ridgewood coach Kirby Shivers. "If we continue to play well and to the best of our capabilities, we will continue this tournament run."

Ridgewood advances to the D-III District semifinals to take on fourth-seeded Meadowbrook which slipped past Harrison Central, 4-3, in the other sectional final.


Buckeye Trail 10, Newcomerstown 0

 OLD WASHINGTON — The first game of what once-beaten Buckeye Trail High hopes is a long and fruitful postseason got started with a methodical 10-0 takedown of visiting Newcomerstown in the Division III Sectional title game on Wednesday.

Coach Staci Smith’s Lady Warriors boosted their record to an impressive 19-1 with a six-inning victory while sending the Lady Trojans to their 16th loss in 20 outings.

Trail will take on the only team to put a blemish on its record — Garaway — in the D-III District semifinals Tuesday at 5 p.m. at a site to be determined by the Eastern District Board. Garaway punched its ticket to the district with a 10-0, five-inning win over Morgan on Wednesday.

The Lady W’s had a much-tougher go of things this time than in last week’s 19-0 romp, and but for a trio of ill-time defensive miscues the score would have been much closer.

"Trying to keep the intensity up in a game like that can be challenging," said Trail’s Smith. "Other than a couple of misplays, I thought Newcomerstown played well and they were much-improved from our earlier games.

"We had a couple of base-running miscues today," she noted, "and we have to make sure we stay focused from here on out."

Trail scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first on a lead-off double by Brooke Colvin; a sacrifice bunt by Jenni Carmichael and an RBI groundout by Amber Colvin.

In the second frame, Trail got a one-out single by Sindey Beaver followed by an RBI double off the bat of Cassidy Dobbins and then, after a single by Alli McVicker advanced Dobbins to third, she scored on a sacrifice fly-RBI by Kylie Wayble to hike the lead to 3-0.

Newcomerstown threatened to score in the top of the third thanks to singles from Caitlin Durr and Maldonado on a bunt, but Trail pitcher Hannah Smith posted back-to-back Ks and got a ground ball fielder’s choice to end the bid.

The lead doubled to 6-0 in the third inning thanks to an RBI single by McVicker and Newcomerstown’s first error — a misplay of a two-out infield pop-up off the bat of Wayble that allowed two runs to scamper home.

Trail added two more in the sixth when Wayble walked with two outs before Brooke Colvin hit a hard smash to center field for an RBI hit, but the ball got past the fielder and Colvin raced around the bases to make it 8-0.

The Lady Trojans had another opportunity to dent the scoreboard in the sixth when Maddie Fish and Arianna Stull opened with singles, but a failed bunt attempt; an infield fly and a strikeout thwarted the uprising.

The Warriors finished it off by scoring twice in the sixth when Smith singled and advanced on another outfield error followed by an RBI single from Randi Leigh Rippeth. After a wild pitch and groundout moved courtesy runner Emma Rome to third, Dobbins lofted a sacrifice fly to left to drive in Rome with the game-ending run.

Despite the loss, Newcomerstown coach Tara Schroeder felt her team performed admirably.

"I’m very proud of my girls today," said Schroeder. "If you take away a couple of errors, that’s like a 4-0 ballgame against a very good team.

"We had a couple of opportunities to score and didn’t get that done," she continued. "We’re still working on having that mental toughness to be able to come out on top in a tough situation, but we’re showing progress."

Trail pitching ace Smith (13-1) tossed a complete-game four-hitter, striking out 10 to boost her career "K" total over the 500-mark. Lady Trojans’ senior Erica Maldonado took the loss in the circle by allowing 10 hits with one K, four walks and one hit batter.

Brooke Colvin closed with a double and single for the Lady Warriors while McVicker and Rippeth each had two singles.


Garaway 14, Newcomerstown 4

SUGARCREEK — In Inter-Valley Conference action Monday host Garaway High picked up a 14-4 five-inning victory over Newcomerstown.

Offense for the Lady Trojans was in short supply with only three hits in the IVC road loss, singles from Leah Kellish, Kayla Gibson and Carra Arnold.

Erica Maldonado absorbed the pitching loss for NHS, tossing a complete game outing with one strikeout and five walks.

With the loss, the Lady Trojans slip to 4-16, and 1-6 in IVC play.

Claymont 19, Newcomerstown 0

UHRICHSVILLE — Homestanding Claymont High put together two big innings to defeat Newcomerstown, 19-0 in five innings, in an Inter-Valley Conference make-up game on Saturday.

The Lady Mustangs tallied eight runs in the second inning and racked up 11 in the third thanks to a 16-hit attack.

Alli Edward led the Claymont offense with a home run, two singles and four RBI. Madison Garrett and Regan Brown both contributed two doubles and a single, with Garrett driving in two runs while Paige Rossi, Micaiah Stemple and Caleigh McPeek each had two singles.

Maddie Fish, Caitlin Durr and Cassandra Fries had the only hits for Newcomerstown (4-17).

Wolve got the pitching win with four Ks and no walks while Erica Maldonado took the loss with two Ks and seven free passes.

NEXT — Newcomerstown closes out the season Friday with a road doubleheader against rival Ridgewood starting at 4 p.m.