West Muskingum 8
CAMBRIDGE --Style points don't count when it comes to tournament play -- it's simply a matter of win and advance. In Division III Sectional softball action at Cambridge City Park, the second-seeded Newcomerstown High Lady Trojans didn't garner any style points but did get a 9-8 comeback win over West Muskingum to advance on down the tournament trail.
"First of all my hat's off to them (West M)," Newcomerstown coach John Dupke offered. "They simply outplayed us in every aspect of the game for the first five innings. I told the girls it was a tale of two games tonight...they won the first five and luckily we won the last two."
West Muskingum was able to reach Newcomerstown starting pitcher Jayde Bricker for a pair of runs to open the game in the top of the first, with Hannah Tincher delivering a double to plate a pair of runs.
The Lady Trojans then quickly responded in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs to deadlock the contest at 2-2. Bricker helped her own cause with a single to collect a pair of RBIs for the favored Orange and Black squad.
In their next turn at the plate, the Lady Trojans surged in front 3-2 when Alicia Moore, who reached on a lead-off single came around to score on a basehit from NHS freshman Karlee Peach.
Many fans in attendance probably figured that now the powerful Lady Trojans would grab control....but West Muskingum had other ideas.
Despite entering the night with a 6-19 record, the Lady Tornadoes were not quite ready for the season to end and continued to fight.
West M retook the lead at 5-3 with a three-run rally in the third, with Tincher again coming through with the big hit, this time another double to tally two more RBIs.
The Lady Tornadoes extended the lead out to 6-3 in the fourth, knocking Bricker from the game when Julia Gutridge scored thanks to an RBI single from Courtney Spence.
"West M came ready to play tonight," Dupke said. "I think it was a combination of them playing real hard and us not quite playing up to our level."
Newcomerstown pulled closer a 6-4 in the bottom of the fourth when Aeriel Green stroked an RBI single to score Riley Kellish who had led off the inning with a single.
Undaunted, the Lady Tornadoes came roaring back in the sixth, plating two more runs to extend the lead out to an 8-4 margin.
With time winding down, the potent Lady Trojans' offense came to life with a huge five-run rally in the bottom of the sixth to keep the season alive.
Green contributed a single to plate two runs, while senior Lexi Montgomery added an RBI basehit but the big blow came off the bat of freshman Riley Kellish.
Kellish banged out a two-out single to put the Lady Trojans in front at 9-8 heading to the seventh.
Peach who came on to relive Bricker in the fourth, then set down West M in order for the first time all night in the top of the seventh to end the game to pick up the pitching win.
Rebecca Hargus took the loss for West M in a complete game outing, with five strikeouts and two walks.
"I'm proud of how they girls battled back," Dupke continued. "We may not have played our best tonight, but the girls kept working and were able to get the job done tonight."
Newcomerstown collected a total of 15 hits in the game, with Peach finishing with a double, two singles while senior Allie Hinton, Green, Kylie Morris, and Kellish all finished with two basehits for the Lady Trojans.
Spence banged out a double with two singles to lead West Muskingum (6-20), while Tincher finished with a pair of doubles and four RBIs and Gutridge and Sarah Hargus each added two singles.
Newcomerstown improves to 21-5 on the year and advances to Thursday night's Division III sectional championship game where they will take on Inter-Valley Conference foe Sandy Valley at 5 p.m.
Sandy Valley handed Newcomerstown a 4-1 defeat earlier in the season, a fact which Dupke hopes will get his girls ready to play.
"With them having already beat us earlier this year it give us a chance to get a little payback," Dupke said. "I'm confident the girls will be ready to go."
Indian Valley 1
GNADENHUTTEN -- Visiting Manchester High came calling on Indian Valley on Monday and took home a 7-1 victory over the Lady Braves in a PAC softball match-up.
Kelsey Kochman suffered the pitching loss for Indian Valley (12-8, 8-4 PAC), finishing with three strikeouts and one walk.
Kochman led the Lady Braves on offense with three singles, while Amanda Jones added a pair of base hits and Brea Rennard ripped a double.
SUGARCREEK -- Host Garaway High pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to slip past the Ridgewood High Lady Generals in Inter-Valley Conference softball action on Tuesday.
Abby Detweilier delivered the game-winning single with two outs to give the Lady Pirates the walk-off win.
Taylor Zinkon (1-8) took the hard-luck loss for RHS (8-16, 4-7 IVC), recording one strikeout and one walk, while Lauren Violet picked up the pitching win in a relief role for Garaway.
Garaway (11-11, 7-7 IVC) was led at the plate by Kendall Ridenbaugh with a double and two singles, while Anna Misko collected a pair of basehits with two RBIs.
Jamine Pelfrey led the Lady Generals with a triple, single and RBI, with Zinkon and Erica Olinger each adding RBI singles. Emily McCoy contributed a double for the Lady Generals.
Fort Frye 7,
CAMBRIDGE --The tournament trail came to an end for the Ridgewood High Lady Generals on Wednesday with a 7-2 loss to unbeaten Fort Frye in the Division III Sectional Tournament at Cambridge City Park.
The Lady Generals scored single runs in the second and third innings for a 2-0 lead, but Fort Frye evened the score with two tallies in the bottom of the third; put together a three-run fourth and then added two in the sixth to boost their record to a spotless 22-0.
Victoria Mimken earned the pitching win for Fort Frye with 10 strikeouts and no walks. Erica Michael took the loss for Ridgewood, fanning seven and not allowing a walk.
Lexi Huck had a big two-run homer and single for the Lady Cadets. Courtney Hendershot contributed a double, single and an RBI; Mimken had a double and single; and Morgan Liedtke added two singles.
For Ridgewood (8-17), Emily McCoy collected two singles; Jordan Cognion cracked an RBI double and Erica Olinger had a two-base hit. Taylor Zinkon chipped in an RBI single and Amy Forman accounted for the other RHS safety.
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Visiting Strasburg closed out the IVC portion of its season with a 6-0 shutout win over Ridgewood on Friday.
Lady Tiger pitcher Kristen Larocca was the story, tossing a three-hit shutout to improve her team to 23-4, 13-1 IVC.
For Ridgewood (8-18, 4-9 IVC), Taylor Zinkon and Erica Michel shared the pitching duties, combining to yield just six hits, while fanning six and walking none.
Zinkon also got one of the Lady General's three hits. The other singles were provided by Erica Olinger and Jordan Cognion.
MALVERN --The Newcomerstown High softball team closed out a record-setting season with a 7-0 shutout of Malvern in an Inter-Valley Conference make-up game on Friday.
Despite falling to Sandy Valley in the Division III Sectional finals on Thursday, Coach John Dupke's Lady Trojans finished with a school-record 23-victory season. NHS (23-6) finished tied for third with Sandy Valley in the IVC with a 9-5 league record, with Strasburg claiming the title and Tuscarawas Catholic as the runner-up.
Newcomerstown pounded 13 hits in the win, with Katelin Stringer driving in two runs with a double and two singles. Allie Hinton, Kylie Morris and Karlee Peach each notched a double and single, Hinton getting two RBI and Morris collecting one, while Kara Jenkins chipped in a pair of singles.
Hinton extended her consecutive game hit string to 46 games, which now stands No. 2 all-time in the OHSAA's record book.
NHS starter Jayde Bricker (10-5) got the pitchign win, striking out two and not allowing a walk. Aeriel Green pitched the final inning.
Kyra Wadsworth took the loss for Malvern with five Ks and four walks.
For Malvern (9-14), Hollee Holmes smacked two singles and Morgan Hubbard had a double.
Ridgewood 5, Malvern 2
WEST LAFAYETTE -- The Ridgewood High Lady Generals closed out the season with a 5-2 win over visiting Malvern High in Inter-Valley Conference make-up action on Saturday.
The Lady Generals broke open a 2-2 tie with a big three-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning to collect the win. Providing the big hit in the frame was Jasmine Pelfrey with a triple that plated a pair of RBIs for the Lady Generals.
Ericka Michael picked up the pitching win for RHS in relief of starter Taylor Zinkon. Michael improved her season mark to 8-9 win the win. Sara Loomis absorbed the loss for the Lady Hornets, with five Ks and one walk.
Pelfrey added a single to her three-base hit and finished with three RBIs for the Orange and Black, while Zinkon chipped in with a single and two RBIs.
Malvern (9-16) was led by Paige Thompson with three singles, while Loomis and Kyra Wadsworth each finished with two basehits each.
With the win, Ridgewood finishes the season with an overall mark of 9-18 and 5-9 in IVC play.
"We finished the year playing our best ball...which is what you want," Ridgewood coach Kirby Shivers said. "We won a tournament game and were leading Fort Frye in our second one before we let it slip away from us."
"While we didn't have a winning record, we did triple out win total from last year," Shivers added. "And that's a positive we take into next year and hope to build on that momentum."
Fort Frye 5,
Indian Valley 1
CAMBRIDGE _ The Indian Valley High softball season came to an end Friday with a 5-1 loss to Fort Frye in the Division III Sectional championship game at Cambridge City Park.
Fort Frye pitcher Victoria Mimken tosswed a two-hitter, striking out nine and walking one. Indian Valley's Kelsie Kochman and Amanda Jones split duty in the circle, teaming for seven Ks and one walk.
Hit leaders for Fort Frye (23-0) included Courtney Hendershot with three singles; Megan Liedtke with a double; and Mimken and Lexi Huck with RBI singles.
For the Lady Braves, who close out with a 13-10 record, Riley Wire had a double and Katie Shamel had a single.