NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Capitalizing on 13 Newcomerstown errors, the Division IV defending state champion Strasburg Lady Tigers erupted for a 17-3 Inter-Valley Conference win over the host Lady Trojans on Monday.
Kristina LaRocca gained the pitching win with five strikeouts and no walks, with relief help from Hannah Duff in the fourth frame who added five Ks and a walk.
Rachel Hinton (1-2) absorbed the loss for Newcomerstown with relief help from Makenzie Moner (first inning) and Riley Kellish (third inning). The trio combined for one strikeout, five walks and one hit batter.
Strasburg collected 13 hits off the three Newcomerstown pitchers, led by Olivia Ray with three singles. LaRocca and Tea Burlingame added a double and single each, while Duff and H. Keffer chipped in with a pair of singles each. Newcomerstown (8-12, 4-8 IVC) had just three hits, paced by Kylie Morris with her third homer of the season, a solo shot in the second inning. Karlee Peach and Kellish each added a double.
BERLIN -- The visiting Newcomerstown Lady Trojans literally 'stole' a victory from host Hiland on Tuesday,11-10.
After the regulation seven innings, the game was deadlocked at 9-9. Each team then scored a run in the eighth and each went scoreless in the ninth to remain tied.
Then, in the top of the 10th inning, Newcomerstown's Riley Kellish stole home as the catcher from Hiland was throwing the ball back to the pitcher.
The Lady Trojans were then able to hold the lead in the bottom half of the tenth to claim the victory.
There was plenty of offensive output from both teams as Newcomerstown (9-12, 5-8 IVC) pounded out 15 hits and Hiland (6-13, 3-7 IVC) slapped 11.
Leading the way for the Lady Trojans was Jayde Bricker, who had two doubles, a single, five RBIs and two runs scored. Kellish also had four singles, an RBI, and four runs and Makenzie Moner added a double, two singles, an RBI, and two runs.
Bricker pitched a complete game for the Lady Trojans with six strikeouts.
Indian Valley 18,
Canton Timken 0
GNADENHUTTEN -- Indian Valley got combined one-hit pitching from three girls en route to an 18-0, five-inning rout of Canton Timken on Wednesday.
The trio of Kelsey Coachman, Amanda Jones and Ashley Tschudy teamed for the one-hitter, recording five strikeouts between theme.
Bre Leonard smacked two triples for the Lady Braves; Kayla Williams had a double and two singles and Katie Shamel added a double and single.
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- In a game that took nine innings to decide the outcome, the host Newcomerstown High Lady Trojans dropped an 8-6 decision to Hiland in Inter-Valley Conference softball action on Wednesday night.
The Lady Hawks tallied three runs in the decisive ninth inning for the IVC road win.
Sabrina Smith absorbed the pitching loss for NHS, tossing a complete game with five strikeouts and two walks. Hiland's Allison Aleshire picked up the win, finishing with three punch-outs and four walks.
Hiland (7-13, 4-7 IVC) banged out 11 hits in the contest, with Renita Yoder leading the charge with a triple, two singles and three RBIs. Kelsey Mast and Maryssa Mast each tallied a pair of singles for the Lady Hawks.
Jayde Bricker led the Lady Trojans (9-13, 5-9 IVC) with triple, single and two RBIs, while Smithm Jorden Moore and Alicia Moore each singled twice.
East Canton 4
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Host Ridgewood High broke open a 4-4 deadlock with a pair of late runs to pick up a 6-4 victory over East Canton in Inter-Valley Conference softball action Thursday night.
Erika Michael picked up the pitching win for RHS to improve to 8-8 on the year. Michael finished with five strikeouts and five walks in the game.
Morgan McDorman and Kelcie Mattison led the Lady Generals (9-12, 5-7 IVC) with two singles each, while Jayden Wentz and Michael each chipped in with RBI singles.
East Canton (8-15, 2-11 IVC) was paced by Holly Manzell with a double and single, with Kayla Eichelberger contributing a two-base hit.
Indian Valley 12,
GNADENHUTTEN -- Indian Valley High rolled to a 12-4 victory over visiting Tuslaw in PAC softball action from Thursday night.
The Lady Braves banged out 13 hits in the win, with Taylor Williams leading the way with three singles. Breanna Rennard added a double and single, while Katie Shamel ripped a double.
Kelsey Kochman worked six innings to collect the win for Indian Valley (15-3), with three strikeouts.
Tuslaw was led by Kelsey Madzia with a double and two singles, while Amy Schaer chipped in with a double and single.
BYESVILLE -- After falling behind by as much as 6-1 going to the bottom of the sixth inning, the host Meadowbrook Lady Colts rallied to knot the score and then plated a single run in the seventh to pull out a 7-6 win over the visiting Newcomerstown Lady Trojans in a game scheduled when Crooksville couldn't play Thursday.
Meadowbrook pushed across five runs in the bottom of the sixth to knot the score at six and then in the seventh, catcher Abby Tatgenhorst led off the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Haylee West. With one out and an 0-2 count on Makayla Lynch, she ripped a double to score Tatgenhorst with the winning run.
Jenna Gress picked up the pitching win in relief of starter Kate Stillion as the pair combined for five strikeouts and two walks. Karlee Peach suffered the hard-luck loss in relief of starter Rachel Hinton as the duo fanned five and Hinton gave up three free passes.
Newcomerstown (9-14) out slugged the Lady Colts 8-7 led by Hinton who helped her own cause with three singles, while Peach added a pair of singles. For Meadowbrook (10-13) Morgan Modro blasted a solo home run with Makayla Lynch added the game-winning RBI double and a single and Taylor DeLong added a pair of singles.
WEST LAFAYETTE -- State ranked Strasburg and pitcher Kristin Larocca posted a 7-0 win over host Ridgewood High in Friday IVC play.
Larocca surrendered just three hits while fanning 10 and walking none.
The Lady Generals kept the contest close, trailing just 2-0 until the fifth. Strasburg's eight-hit attack was paced by Allison Moore's single and double. Teammate Hannah Duff added a solo homer.
For Ridgewood (9-13, 5-8 IVC), Paige Patterson had two singles. Samantha Wilson was the Lady General's losing pitcher.
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- With Garaway as the home team due to unplayable conditions at Sugarcreek, the Lady Pirates and pitcher Allison Luneborg shut down Newcomerstown High on four hits and prevailed 5-0 in a Friday Inter-Valley Conference tilt.
Garaway (12-7, 8-4 IVC) capitalized on Lady Trojan pitcher wildness to tally a pair of runs in the first and two more in the fourth.
Newcomerstown (9-15, 5-10 IVC) managed just four singles in the contest off of Luneborg, who fanned nine and walked just two.
Lady Trojan pitchers Jayde Bricker and Makenzie Moner had control problems, combining to yield 11 walks, despite just surrendering three hits.
Indian Valley 6,
MASSILON - The Indian Valley Lady Braves coasted to a 6-1 victory over host Tuslaw in a PAC match-up on Saturday.
Indian Valley was leading 2-1 after five innings when they erupted for four runs in the top of the sixth. Tuslaw was not able to produce any runs after the third inning.
Leading the way for the Lady Braves (16-3) were Jamie Hykes with a home run and two singles and Riley Wires with a double and a single. Indian Valley had nine hits in all.
The winning pitcher was Amanda Jones, who worked six innings with nine strikeouts.
Indian Valley takes on Claymont in tournament play on Tuesday at River View at 5 p.m.
Division IV Sectional
STRASBURG -- It was a good day for the Inter-Valley Conference and a not-so-good day for the teams from Noble County as the Division IV Sectional Tournament at Strasburg avoided the rain that canceled many games around the East District on Saturday.
Newcomerstown scored a 7-0 victory over Caldwell while Hiland knocked off Shenandoah, 7-6. In the other first round games, perennial state title contender Strasburg blanked Conotton Valley, 15-0, and Tuscarawas Central Catholic routed Malvern, 18-2, both in five-inning contests.
Newcomerstown (10-15) was able to put one run on the board in each of the first three innings, and two each in the fourth and fifth on its way to the shutout victory over Caldwell (4-19).
Karlee Peach drove in the first run of the game with a single to the right-center gap to score Riley Kellish while in the second inning, Sabrina Smith scored on a passed ball for a 2-0 NHS lead.
Kylie Morris unloaded on a double to the fence in the third inning to bring home Mackenzie Moner.
Kellish hit a single in the fourth inning to bring home Alicia Moore, who scored from second base, and Moner scored later in the inning on a passed ball.
It was Jorden Moore's turn in the fifth when she hit a double and her sister, Alicia followed with an RBI double to plate Jorden and widen the gap to 6-0.
Kellish finished up the scoring by pounding a triple to bring home Alicia Moore.
Newcomerstown coach Chuck Peach said he felt it was a pretty solid game all the way around.
"We had really good defense today," he said. "The girls stepped up."
"(Jayde) Bricker was good on the mound," Peach said of his pitcher, who is now 6-8 after a six-strikeout effort. "Caldwell only had one runner reach second base."
Coach Peach was also happy about another fact from the game.
"We finally made it through a game without any errors," he said. "That's been hampering us all season.
Caldwell managed just six hits on the day, including two by Hanna Dupuy.