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Slow start plagues IL girls

Softball Roundup

Kenton Ridge took control early and earned an 11-1 win in five innings over host Indian Lake on Thursday in a Central Buckeye Conference softball game.

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Indian Lake’s Claire Maier slides into third base during Thursday’s home game against Kenton Ridge. EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND

The Cougars are now 3-0 on the season and the Lakers start the season 0-1.

Kenton Ridge went up 4-0 after the first inning and built a 9-0 lead after four innings. Indian Lake scored its lone run in the bottom of the fourth.

The Cougars added two more runs in the top of the fifth to wrap up the run-rule victory.

Claire Maier led the Lakers with a double, while Andi Lee had two hits and an RBI.

Indian Lake travels to Kenton today for a non-league game.

KENTON RIDGE 11, INDIAN LAKE 1

(five innings)

Cougars    411    32    —    11    13    1

Lakers    000    10    —    1    6    3

WP—Lopez; LP—Lones.

Raiders roll past Stebbins

Benjamin Logan’s softball team rolled past visiting Stebbins for a 22-0 win in five innings on Thursday in a Central Buckeye Conference game.

The Raiders are now 2-1 on the season and the Indians fall to 1-3.

Ben Logan went ahead 4-0 after two innings and jumped out to 12-0 lead after scoring eight runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Courtney Stewart gave another stellar performance for the Raiders. She tossed a one-hitter with nine strikeouts to earn the win in the pitching circle. On offense, Stewart went 2-3 with a double and two RBI.

Also for the Raiders, Sydney Evans went 2-5 with a home run, a triple and five RBI, Kate Campbell went 3-3 with two RBI, Melina Hilty went 2-2 with an RBI, Brooklyn Terrill went 2-3, Taylor Quay had three RBI and Shelby Harvey added two RBI.

Ben Logan travels to Kenton on Saturday for a non-league double header.

BEN LOGAN 22, STEBBINS 0

(five innings)

Indians    000    00    —    0    1    4

Raiders    138    (10)X    —    22    15    1

WP—Stewart; LP—Bowling.

Chiefs zap Falcons

Bellefontaine’s softball team pulled away in the late innings to down host Graham 15-5 in six innings on Thursday in a Central Buckeye Conference crossover game.

The Chieftains are now 3-1 on the season.

“We played very well,” said BHS head coach Katie Buffkin. “Offensively, we had 22 hits leading to 15 total runs, 13 of which were earned runs.

“I am very proud with how well the girls came out hitting tonight. We needed that spark to get us going. Haleigh Stafford pitched a nice game, too.”

The Chiefs led 7-3 after four innings, and Bellefontaine pulled away with three runs in the top of the fifth and added five more runs in the top of the sixth.

Offensively, MacKenzie Brunswick went 4-4, Georgia Cooper went 3-4, Jenna VanHoose went 3-4, Catherine Faulder went 2-3 and Jazmyn Haley went 3-5.

Bellefontaine travels to Marysville today for a non-league game.

BELLEFONTAINE 15, GRAHAM 5

(six innings)

Chiefs    141    135    —    15    22    2

Falcons    003    200    —    5    9    0

Stafford and Haley; Yates and Foster. WP—Stafford; LP—Yates.

Pirates fall to Cavaliers

Riverside’s softball team could not get on track Thursday as host Lehman Catholic earned an 11-1 win in five innings in a non-league meeting.

The loss drops the Pirates to 3-2 on the season.

“We struggled again tonight,” said RHS head coach Andy Phelps. “We just did not hit the ball well. We left the bases loaded twice and came away with no runs. Give Lehman credit, they came to play and we did not.”

Taylor Anderson had a double to lead the Riverside offense.

The Pirates travel to West Liberty-Salem today.

LEHMAN CATHOLIC 11, RIVERSIDE 1

(five innings)

Pirates    000    01    —    1    6    6

Cavaliers    330    23    —    11    8    2

Bundy and Harrelson; Davis, Wietholter (3) and Anderson. WP—Bundy; LP—Wietholter.

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