Indian Valley 8, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 7
GNADENHUTTEN -- Host Indian Valley High slipped past Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy by a slim 8-7 margin in prep softball action on Monday night.
Amanda Jones picked up the pitching win for the Lady Braves (11-6), tossing a complete game with five strikeouts and didn't issue a free pass. Ann Kabbel was saddled with the loss, finishing with three Ks and three walks.
Indian Valley's offense was paced by Jamie Hykes with two singles and double, while Kelsey Kochman and Jones each added a pair of basehits.
Kelly Eaton just missed hitting for the cycle with a single, double and triple for CCVA (10-11).
Strasburg 6, Newcomerstown 5
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- A three-run rally in the top of the seventh inning lifted visiting Strasburg High past the Newcomerstown High Lady Trojans by a 6-5 final score in a battle of Inter-Valley Conference softball powers on Monday afternoon.
Leading by a 5-2 margin entering the final inning, the Lady Trojans seemed poised to collect the victory with two outs and a 1-2 count on Strasburg catcher Olivia Ray with a pair of baserunners on. But Ray changed all that by belting a huge three-run home run, her first hit of the night to pate the winning runs.
Jayde Bricker (8-4) took the hard luck loss for NHS, tossing a complete game with two strikeouts and four walks. Kristina LaRocca picked up the win for the Lady Tigers, striking out five and walking three.
In addition to Ray's big hit, Strasburg (19-5, 10-1 IVC) was led by Karly Dibacco with a double, two singles and two RBIs and Aeriel Jones with two singles.
Newcomerstown (18-5, 6-5 IVC) belted a trio of home runs to increase its team total to 21 on the year. Senior Allie Hinton blasted her seventh of the year and singled with two RBIs to lead the Lady Trojans' attack. Kylie Morris singled and homered (5th) and Bricker slugged her third of the year and Lexi Montgomery chipped in with a double and single.
Ridgewood 8, Hiland 3
BERLIN -- A big first inning helped to lift the Ridgewood High Lady Generals past Hiland High by a 8-3 final score in an Inter-Valley Conference match-up on Tuesday night.
Keyed by a two RBI double off the bat of Abbey Youngen, the Lady Generals tacked on four runs in the first frame to jump out to the lead. Kaylynn Bluck added a pair of singles for RHS (7-14, 4-6 IVC), while Erica Olinger and Taylor Zinkon each added RBI singles for the winners.
Erica Michael recorded the pitching win for Ridgewood, walking just one hitter in improving her season mark to 6-8. Marissa Mast took the loss for the Lady Hawks, finishing with one strikeout and one walk.
Mast also led Hiland at the plate with a triple that plated a pair of RBIs, and Molly Ryan with a double and single.
GNADENHUTTEN -- On Monday Indian Valley slipped past CVCA by a 8-7 score, two days later, on Wednesday, the Lady Braves scalped the Lady Royals by a 10-1 score.
Kelsey Kochman picked up the pitching win for Indian Valley fanning six and walking three.
Indian Valley (12-6) collected seven hits led by Bre Rennard with a home run and single. Jamie Beamer also smashed a homer and Stefanie Risher added a double.
SARAHSVILLE -- Visiting Newcomerstown High put together three big innings including scoring six unearned tallies in the sixth frame to defeat Shenandoah, 12-6, on Wednesday.
Riley Kellish (3-0) got the pitching win for the Lady Trojans (19-5), with sixth inning relief from Makenzie Moner. The duo combined for four strikeouts and four walks.
Jenna Cowgill (11-6) took the loss for the Lady Zeps (14-11) with help from Jessica Long. The SHS tandem combined for nine Ks and six walks.
Allie Hinton paced the Newcomerstown offense with a double and three singles. Aeriel Green belted her fifth home run of the spring and Lexi Montgomery chipped in two singles.
For Shenandoah, Justine Mallett rapped a double and single and drove in a run; Cowgill had an RBI double and Arica Rich a two-base hit.
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Twenty wins back-to-back!
That's what the Newcomerstown High softball team accomplished, but it didn't come without a battle from arch-rival Ridgewood as the Lady Trojans emerged with a 6-3 victory over the Lady Generals in Inter-Valley Conference play on Thursday.
In boosting its record to 20-5 (7-5 in the IVC), state-ranked Newcomerstown collected 14 hits and was aided by four Ridgewood errors, but the Lady Trojans stranded a total of 14 baserunners which kept things close.
"We stranded a bunch, so we could have possibly had 14 or 15 runs, but we didn't have that one big inning that we're used to," said Lady Trojans' coach John Dupke. "Give Ridgewood a lot of credit. The first time we threw a no-hitter against them, but they hit the ball well today and battled us to the end."
Ridgewood (7-15, 4-7 IVC) had scoring opportunities early, getting two runners aboard in each of the first three innings, but couldn't dent the scoreboard until tallying three times in the seventh and putting runners at first and third only to fall short.
The Lady Generals' first scoring opportunity came right away as lead-off hitter Kalynn Bluck reached on a bunt single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jasmine Pelfrey, but she was cut down at the plate trying to score on a single by Abbey Youngen as center fielder Kara Jenkins teamed with catcher Lexi Montgomery for the out.
NHS tallied a run in the bottom of the first as Karlee Peach (who pitched the earlier no-hitter in a 12-0 victory against RHS) reached on an error before Jenkins and Allie Hinton both singled to load the bases, with Aeriel Green picking up an RBI on a groundout that scored Peach.
The Lady Trojans made it 3-0 in the second frame, capitalizing on two Ridgewood errors; an RBI double by Peach and an RBI infield single by Jenkins. A Hinton double followed, but the hosts left the bases loaded without further damage.
The lead increased to 5-0 in the fourth inning.
Jenkins and Hinton again singled and Green reached on a miscue to load the bases. After Jenkins was thrown out at home on a fielder's choice, Jade Bricker belted a two-run double to right-center to drive in Hinton and Green.
In the fifth, NHS again filled the sacks thanks to singles by Peach, Jenkins and Hinton. A one-out RBI single by Kylie Morris knocked in Peach, but again the big inning didn't materialize and the Trojans, despite boosting the lead to 6-0, left the bases full again.
Ridgewood's noisy seventh inning started when Erica Olinger got aboard via an NHS error. After Brianna Grace beat out an infield hit, Jordan Cognion reached on a fielder's choice with Olinger out at third. Emily McCoy followed with an RBI single to drive in Grace and break the ice.
After Bluck was hit by a pitch and the second out, Taylor Zinkon smacked a two-run single to right which scored Cognion and McCoy and had the Lady Generals threatening with runners at the corners, but a groundout to third base ended the game.
Hinton and Jenkins enjoyed four-hit days for Newcomerstown, with Hinton getting a double and three singles while Jenkins had four infield singles and an RBI. Bricker and Peach both contributed a double and single.
One area in particular that pleased Coach Dupke was the fact that his team did its offensive damage in this one without relying on the long ball.
"We've hit a lot of home runs (22)," he said, "but today I think we showed that we can add 'small ball' play to that as well."
Bricker picked up the pitching win for NHS with no strikeouts or walks and one hit batsman while Zinkon took the loss for Ridgewood, fanning two and walking three.
Youngen and Grace each had two singles for the Lady Generals.
Dupke hopes his team carries the momentum from the last two days into the post-season.
"We bounced back from a heart-breaker against Strasburg with two wins heading into the tournament," he related. "That (20 wins) ties the school record from last year and hopefully we can go on and add to that now."
Despite the loss, Ridgewood coach Kirby Shivers was pleased with his team's performance.
"I'm very proud of our effort today," he said. "We made them earn it right to the end. We had chances in each of the first three innings, but we couldn't get the runs across.
"Even though we lost today, the way we played gives us a good feeling going into the tournament," the RHS coach added.
Indian Valley 8
MASSILON -- The Lady Braves' Thursday 9-8 loss to Tuslaw dropped them into a second place PAC tie with the hosts. Both teams are still two games behind league leading Fairless.
After each team tallied a pair in the first, Indian Valley (12-7, 8-3) went ahead 4-3 after two only to see Tuslaw erupt for six in their third.
A three-run fourth and a solo tally in their seventh left the locals one run short.
Tuscarawas Valley 2
CAMBRIDGE -- Ridgewood High got its 'second season' underway with a 5-2 Division III Sectional Tourney win over Tusky Valley on Saturday at the Cambridge City Park.
Lady General pitcher Erika Michael tossed a complete game, five-hitter to earn the win, fanning seven and walking none.
Ridgewood (8-15) broke on top in their second when Brianna Grace delivered a two-run single.
After Jasmine Pelfrey tripled in the third with two outs, Taylor Zinkon brought her home with an RBI double.
Tusky (4-22) closed within a run by tallying a pair in their fourth when McKenzie Sowers hit a two-run double.
From there, Michael shut out the Lady Trojans and Ridgewood scored two insurance runs in its fifth when Pelfrey and Abbey Youngen both scored on an outfield error.
With the tourney win on Saturday, Ridgewood advances to play top-seeded Fort Frye on Wednesday at 5 p.m. as the D-III Sectional continues.SClB