Division IV Sectional
STRASBURG -- An outstanding pitching effort by Strasburg High's Kristina LaRocca and plenty of hitting power at the plate proved to be too much for the Newcomerstown Lady Trojans who dropped a 7-1 decision in Division IV Sectional Tournament action on Friday.
The Lady Tigers scored in the first inning when Olivia Ray laid down a suicide squeeze bunt to bring home a run.
Strasburg put two more runs on the board in the third with a doubles from Ashley Moore and Tea Burlingame and a single from Ray.
Strasburg made it 4-0 in the fourth inning when a double from Melissa Cregan brought home Morgan Crites.
The Lady Tigers then exploded for three runs in the fifth with Hannah Duff hitting an RBI double and Burlingame unloading a two-run double.
In all, Strasburg (20-4) had a total of 13 hits in the game.
Newcomerstown scored its lone run in the sixth inning when Kylie Morris singled to bring home Karlee Peach.
Strasburg coach Bud Weisgarber knew his team was in for a battle.
"I was not about to take them (Newcomerstown) lightly," said Weisgarber. "I know they can hit, but we were prepared. I hope we're on a roll."
Both pitchers put in good efforts in the contest. LaRocca pitched a complete game for Strasburg, striking out four batters and giving up six hits. Newcomerstown's Jayde Bricker also pitched a complete game and struck out four.
"We hit the ball tonight, but LaRocca is one of the best pitchers in the state," remarked Newcomerstown head coach Chuck Peach. "Jayde also did a heck of a job pitching for us."
Peach also voiced his respect for Coach Weisgarber.
"Bud is a great coach, and one of the all-time winning coaches in the state," said Peach. "When he sees a weakness, he goes after it and he found ours, but we tried hard and never gave up."
The Lady Trojans finished the season at 11-16, leaving Peach optimistic about next year.
"We have a lot of youth," he said. "We are only losing three seniors, and the future is promising.
"We were expecting to win more than we lost, and we were hoping to have a better record than we did," concluded Peach, "but I'm proud of them."
Division III Sectional
The Ridgewood Lady Generals rallied late on Tuesday evening to double up Hiland High by a 10-5 final score in Division III Sectional Softball Tournament action at Cambridge City Park.
The Lady Hawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead after five innings of play, before the Lady Generals made a move.
RHS pushed across four runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 4-4.
Hiland then scored another run in the bottom of the sixth to retake a 5-4 lead.
But the Lady Generals erupted for six runs in the top of the seventh to seal the victory.
Leading the way for Ridgewood was Megan Sharier with three singles and Emily McCoy, who had two singles and two RBIs.
Samantha Wilson collected the pitching win for the Lady Generals, to improve her season mark to 2-4.
The Lady Generals improve to 11-13 on the season.
MALVERN -- The Newcomerstown Lady Trojans poured on the offense to overcome host Malvern, 11-6, in an Inter-Valley Conference make-up game on Tuesday.
Newcomerstown managed 11 hits, led by Carlee Peach who had two home runs, a double, four RBIs and two runs scores.
Rylee Kellish had three singles and Jayde Bricker chipped in a double and single.
The winning pitcher was Rachel Hinton (2-2), who tallied six strikeouts. Kellish came to the mound in the seventh in relief.
Newcomerstown is now 11-15 on the season 6-10 IVC while Malvern dropped to 3-16, 1-15 IVC.