STRASBURG -- Victory tasted doubly sweet on Wednesday night for the Newcomerstown Lady Trojans following an 8-4 win over Tuscarawas Central Catholic in the Division IV sectional softball championship game.
Not only did the Lady Trojans capture a sectional title, they also ended a three game losing streak to the rival Lady Saints, including a loss last year in the sectional title game that ended the NHS season.
"They (TCC) have become a rival for us the last few years," Newcomerstown coach John Dupke explained. "With playing twice each year and with both of us enjoying some success the last few years, we have had some big games with each other."
"They had beaten us last year in the sectional championship game as well as twice this year in the regular season," Dupke continued. "So that was in the back of our mind for sure, we were looking forward to tonight for sure."
Newcomerstown held a 3-0 lead into the fifth inning behind the efforts of sophomore starting pitcher Cydney McMillan. But in the bottom of the fifth, TCC was able to plate a pair of runs to narrow the Lady Trojans' edge to 3-2.
But the Lady Trojans came roaring back with a huge five run seventh inning, highlighted by a big two-run home run by sophomore Allie Hinton.
Hinton's big fly capped off a huge offensive night, finishing with a pair of doubles, a single and four RBIs on the night.
"Allie just had a huge night at the plate," Dupke said. "She's just been on a tear lately. She's a huge part of our offense."
Newcomerstown (15-8) collected 13 hits in the contest, with sophomore Aeriel Green and junior Meghann Mullane each adding a double and single, while Lexi Montgomery chipping in with a pair of singles.
McMillan picked up the pitching win for NHS to improve to 8-7 on the year, finishing with four strikeouts and six walks.
"Cyd (McMillan) pitched really well tonight," Dupke said. "And we played some solid defense behind her which is always a plus."
Natalie Davis and Anne Dreher each singled twice to pace Central Catholic (15-6).
Newcomerstown now advances to Division IV district action at Tuscarawas Central Catholic on Tuesday at 5 p.m. versus an undetermined opponent.