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SOFTBALL: Graham outlasts Tigers in season opener

Graham’s softball team came up with a big seventh inning to grab an 11-8 win over host West Liberty-Salem on Saturday in the season opener.

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West Liberty-Salem’s Courtney Milliron attempts to tag out a Graham runner at second base during the second inning of their game Saturday at WL-Salem High School. EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LABATT

The Tigers got off to a strong start in the first inning with home runs from Addie Kendall and Courtney Milliron. That offensive outburst helped the hosts to a 3-2 lead.

The Falcons were able to battle back and score five runs in the top of the second for a 7-3 advantage.

WL-Salem later jumped in front 8-7 after scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Graham tacked on a run in the top of the fifth to tie the game 8-8, but sealed the win with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh.

Kendall led the Tiger offense, going 3-3 with a home run and a double, Milliron had a home run and Kylie Gilroy added a double.

WL-Salem travels to Lima Bath today for a non-league contest.

Riverside sweeps Urbana

Riverside’s softball team swept host Urbana on Saturday in a non-league doubleheader.

The Pirates pulled out a 6-4 victory in the first game and then dropped the Hillclimbers 9-3 in the second game.

“Defensively, we struggled in the first of our two games committing five errors,” said Riverside head coach Andy Phelps. “The bats came alive, though, and we were able to come from behind to pull out the victory.”

Chelsea Giles led the Pirates in the first game by going 2-4, while Taylor Anderson and Taylor Nichols each had two RBI to help in the win.

In the second game, Riverside piled up 11 hits and committed just two errors. Heather Comer went 2-5 with three RBI and two doubles, Christyn Wietholter went 2-5 with two RBI and a double and Taylor Goings had two RBI and a double.

Wietholter earned the win in the pitching circle in the first game and Jessica Davis earned the win in the second game.

Riverside hosts Ansonia today in a non-league meeting.

Cardinals split with Braves

Triad’s softball team split a doubleheader with host Springfield Shawnee on Saturday.

The Braves won the first game 1-0, but the Cardinals used a big first inning in the second game to grab a 5-1 victory.

In the first game, Triad saw Hannah Watkins and Maddie Ehrenborg each go 2-3 to lead the offense.

Mindy Smith powered the Cardinals in the second game by going 2-3 with a home run and three RBI. Macie Jenkins went 2-3 with a double.

Dayna Ober picked up the win in the pitching circle.

Triad hosts Graham today in a non-league game.

Ridgemont loses pair to Elgin

Ridgemont’s softball team lost a pair of games at Elgin on Saturday.

The Gophers fell 15-0 in five innings in the opener and lost 12-2 in the second game.

Ridgemont was limited to two hits in the first game.

In the second game, Keysten Creamer went 2-2 with a double and Katie Furer was 2-2 with a triple.

The Gophers host Ada on Tuesday.

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