Garaway 12, Newcomerstown 2

SUGARCREEK -- Newcomerstown High dropped an Inter-Valley Conference softball game to host Garaway High on Monday by a 12-2 count.

Garaway (3-0, 4-0 IVC) held a 9-0 advantage after just three frames before Newcomerstown (4-9, 2-5 IVC) got on the board with two in the sixth stanza.

Riley Kellish suffered the loss for the Lady Trojans with three walks in a third of an inning before Mackenzie Moner came in to walk one and strike-out one the rest of the way.

The win went to Cassidy Reidenbach (6-0) who tallied eight Ks and allowed one free pass in the circle.

Kellish also gathered two hits to lead the offensive attack for NHS, while GHS was led by Abby Detweiler who garnered five hits and three RBIs, followed by Cassidy Reidenbach who recorded three base knocks and four RBIs, Kendall Reidenbacher who delivered two hits that included a home-run and Zoe Johnson who laced two hits.

Ridgewood 5, Malvern 4

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Host Ridgewood High pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning of a marathon Inter-Valley Conference battle with Malvern High on Tuesday afternoon.

Jaedyn Wentz tallied the game-winning run on a Lady Hornet error to give RHS the IVC home win.

Samantha Wilson tossed a complete game to record the pitching win for Ridgewood (9-5, 5-4 IVC) with 15 Ks and three walks to improve her season mark to 5-3.

Paige Patterson led the Lady Generals' offense with a triple and two singles, while Kayla Sharier added a double, single with Megan Sharier chipped in with a pair of singles and two RBIs. Audrey Tingle contributed an RBI triple for the Lady Generals and Autumn Brown stroked a double.

Buckeye Trail 21, Newcomerstown 10

It's not often that you give up 10 runs and 14 hits and win convincingly.

After surrendering nine runs in the first two innings to host Newcomerstown, the state-ranked Buckeye Trail Lady Warriors parlayed a seven-run second inning and an 11-run explosion in the sixth frame into a 21-10, six-inning road victory on Tuesday.

Trail - which was tied for sixth in the first Division III state coaches poll - improved to 12-2 and with back-to-back wins to start the week, appears to have put a Saturday doubleheader loss to Guernsey County rival in the rear-view mirror.

For Newcomerstown, it was another case of giving up in the big inning - or in this case two big innings - which left the Lady Trojans with a 4-10 record.

Buckeye Trail found itself clinging to a narrow 10-9 lead entering the sixth inning when the floodgates opened.

The Lady Warriors sent 16 batters to the plate and when the dust settled, they had scored 11 times on nine hits and a trio of Newcomerstown errors. .The big hits in the inning were a bases-loaded triple by Alexis Wheeler and a two-run home run by Hannah Smith.

Newcomerstown scored one run in the bottom of the sixth on a double by Susanna Hall and an RBI single by Merada Morehead, but it wasn't enough to prevent the "mercy rule" from being invoked.

"I certainly didn't expect that," Buckeye Trail coach Stacey Smith acknowledged. "We were just holding on with that 10-9 lead and hoping to get through it, so we're happy with the win and the offense, but not so much with the nine we gave up."

The Lady Trojans jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning thanks to an RBI double by Karlee Peach; a two-run single by Rachel Hinton and a run-scoring hit by Hall.

Trail countered with its first big inning - the seven-run second - by sending 11 hitters to the plate including an RBI single by Cassidy Dobbins; a two-run double by Brooke Colvin and a two-run single by Smith.

The Lady Trojans batted around in the bottom of the second and tallied five times to go on top, 9-7, with Jayde Bricker collecting an RBI single while Hinton had a two-run single to highlight the frame.

Trail evened the score at 9-9 in the top of the third on run-scoring hits by Amber Colvin and Smith and then took the lead, 10-9, in the fourth when Randi-Leigh Rippeth singled; stole second and scored on an error to set the stage for the sixth-inning onslaught.

The Lady Warriors finished with 21 hits, with five players collecting three apiece - Smith with a homer and two singles; Wheeler with a triple and two singles; Brooke Colvin with a double and two singles; and Amber Colvin and Rippeth with three singles each. Dobbins added a double and single and Alexis Roe had two singles.

"We talked about executing offensively and putting hits one after another and we did that today," Coach Smith said. "We were putting down the bunts and getting the ball in play."

Jenni Carmichael got the pitching win by relieving starter Hannah Smith in the second inning and going the rest of the way. The duo combined for five strikeouts, two walks and a hit batsman.

"We haven't given up anything close to that many runs all year," said Smith. "Jenni did an excellent job of coming in and keeping them off-balance with her off-speed stuff."

Newcomerstown's 14-hit attack featured a double and two singles by Hall; two doubles by Riley Kellish; a double and single by Peach and two singles each from Hinton and Morehead.

The trio of Bricker, Kellish and Peach worked in the circle for the Lady Trojans, fanning three, walking two and hitting one batter.

Indian Valley 2, Ridgewood 1

GNADENHUTTEN -- In Thursday's pitching duel, Indian Valley High pulled out the win in walk-off fashion with a 2-1 win over visiting Ridgewood High.

With the game tied at one in the bottom of the seventh, Lady Braves' starting pitcher Kayla Tschudy strolled up to the plate and delivered a walk-off single to give her team the win to aid her performance in the circle with one strike-out and one walk.

Sydney Zinkon took the tough loss with two Ks and one walk.

Tschudy supplied two hits, including the game-winner for Indian Valley (10-6), while teammate Payton Guspyt singled and doubled.

Samantha Wilson paced Ridgewood (9-6) with three hits.

New Lexington 7, Ridgewood 6

Ridgewood 6, New Lexington 4

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Ridgewood High split it's softball double-header on Saturday with a 7-6 setback to visiting New Lexington High in the opener and a 6-4 win in the nightcap.

Autumn Brown and Sydney Zinkon each gathered a pair of hits for Ridgewood in game-one and Emily Robinson led New Lex with two hits, while Destyn Beard delivered a three-run double.

The loss went to Samantha Wilson (5-4) who tossed six Ks and six walks and Bailey Harris earned the win for NLHS with six strike-outs and four free passes.

In the game-two win for the Lady Generals, Zinkon (5-3) picked up the win with four punch-outs and four walks, while the loss went to Morgan Brown who punched out two batters and walked three.

Ridgewood (10-7) was led by Brown who accounted for two RBI singles, while Beard led New Lexington (3-8) with three hits and two RBIs.