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River Valley grinds out two wins over Benjamin Logan

One of the better teams in the state was able to pull out two wins over Benjamin Logan on Saturday as host River Valley swept a doubleheader.

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The Vikings, who were ranked sixth in the state poll last season, edged the Raiders 3-0 in the first game and then won 11-7 in the second game.

Ben Logan now falls to 6-3 on the season.

“I think River Valley is one of the top teams in Ohio,” said Ben Logan head coach John Stahl. “They were ranked in the top five or six all last season and will be ranked high in the first OHSAA state poll.

“I think our girls played really well in both games. We out hit River Valley in (the first game) 5-3, but could not get the runs across.”

The first game saw Melina Hilty go 2-3 with a double, Kate Campbell go 2-3 and Sydney Evans add the only other hit.

“We were tied 6-6 going in the bottom of the sixth inning in the second game and River Valley had a good hitting inning, scoring five runs on us,” said Stahl.

In the second game, Courtney Stewart went 2-2 with a home run to lead the Raiders. Kate Campbell went 2-4 with a double and an RBI, Amber Hites had a home run and an RBI and Hilty went 3-4 with two RBI.

“We were a little hesitant in running the bases in games one and two,” said Stahl. “We were not aggressive enough. This was the turning point in game two, our inability to score runs when we had opportunities to do it. We have addressed some of these issues and look forward to getting back into league play tonight.”

Ben Logan hosts Graham today in a Central Buckeye Conference Mad River contest.

GAME ONE

RIVER VALLEY 3, BEN LOGAN 0

Raiders    000    000    0    —    0    5    3

Vikings    100    002    X    —    3    3    1

WP—C. Rengert; LP—Stewart.

GAME TWO

RIVER VALLEY 11, BEN LOGAN 7

Raiders    311    010    1    —    7    11    3

Vikings    220    115    X    —    11    13    2

WP—Harville; LP—Stewart.

Trojans zap Tigers

Southeastern dropped visiting West Liberty-Salem 6-2 on Saturday in an Ohio Heritage Conference matchup.

The loss drops the Tigers to 4-6 overall and 2-3 in the OHC.

The Trojans jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the opening inning. They added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning for a 6-0 advantage.

WL-Salem scored a run in the top of the sixth inning and one more run in the top of the seventh, but could not get any closer.

Offensively, Karlie Wilbur and Kylee Kite each had an RBI to spark the Tigers.

WL-Salem hosts Springfield Catholic Central today in another OHC contest.

SOUTHEASTERN 6, WL-SALEM 2

Tigers    000    001    1    —    2    4    2

Trojans    400    020    X    —    6    7    1

WP—Carpenter; LP—Loffing.

M’burg sweeps Ridgemont

Mechanicsburg’s softball team swept visiting Ridgemont in a non-league doubleheader on Saturday. The Indians held on to win the first game 14-10 and then rolled to a 14-3 win in five innings in the second game.

Keysten Creamer led the Gophers in the first game, going 3-4 with two doubles and two RBI, while Whitney Arseneau went 2-5 with a double and three RBI and Samantha Hardin went 2-4 with a double and two RBI.

Also for Ridgemont, Taylor Knapp went 3-4, Taylor Hardin went 2-4 with a double and an RBI and Sara McFadden went 2-5.

In the second game against M’burg, Arseneau had a triple, Aislinn McCullough had a double and an RBI, Taylor Knapp had a double and Mackenzie Totten had an RBI.

GAME ONE

M’BURG 14, RIDGEMONT 10

Gophers    201    013    3    —    10    14    3

Indians    340    511    X    —    14    12    2

WP—Hartzler; LP—Sutherland.

GAME TWO

M’BURG 14, RIDGEMONT 3

(five innings)

Gophers    000    30    —    3    4    0

Indians    206    6X    —    14    17    0

WP—Kingrey; LP—McFadden.

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