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First-inning run holds up for Shawnee

Springfield Shawnee’s softball team scored the only run of the day in the first inning and held on to edge Indian Lake 1-0 on Thursday in Central Buckeye Conference action.

The Lakers slip to 4-5 overall and 1-5 in the CBC, while the Braves move to 9-2, 4-1.


Shawnee scored a run in the top of the first inning on an Indian Lake error.

The Braves used some stellar pitching by Emily McKillip, who recorded 14 strikeouts with no walks, to hold on for the win.

Indian Lake out hit Shawnee 5-4.

Despite suffering the loss in the pitching circle, the Lakers’ Kiersten Merritt was very sharp. She finished with seven strikeouts.

The Lakers travel to Greenon today in another CBC matchup.


Braves    100    000    0    —    1    4    0

Lakers    000    000    0    —    0    5    2

WP—McKillip; LP—Merritt.

Chiefs clip Knights

Bellefontaine’s softball team rallied for a 2-1 win over host Greenon on Thursday in Central Buckeye Conference action.

The win improves the Chiefs to 6-6 overall and 3-3 in the CBC as the Knights fall to 3-4, 0-4.

“It was a close game tonight and I am proud of the way the girls kept fighting and were able to pull out a win,” said BHS head coach Katie Buffkin. “Haleigh Stafford pitched a nice game.”

Greenon struck first with a run in the bottom of the third inning.

Bellefontaine came back to score one run in the top of the fifth inning. The Chiefs then took the lead with another run in the top of the seventh inning.

The Knights were unable to score in the bottom of the seventh inning as Bellefontaine was able to pull out the victory.

Offensively for the Chiefs, Catherine Faulder and Jacey Joseph went 2-2 for the Chiefs.

Haleigh Stafford picked up the win in the pitching circle.

Bellefontaine travels to Tippecanoe on Monday in CBC action.


Chiefs    000    010    1    —    2    5    2

Knights    001    000    X    —    1    6    1

Stafford and Haley; Kreger and Brown. WP—Stafford; LP—Kreger.

Pirates thump USV

Riverside’s softball team bounced visiting Upper Scioto Valley 17-0 in five innings on Thursday in a Northwest Central Conference game.

The Pirates boost their record to 8-4 overall and are now 2-0 in the NWCC. The offense tallied 12 hits and Christyn Wietholter fired a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts.

“The girls hit really well tonight,” said RHS head coach Andy Phelps. “Christyn did another good job on the mound only giving up one hit and striking out 11.”

Riverside led 5-0 after the opening inning. The Pirates piled up eight runs in the bottom of the third inning, including a grand slam by Chelsea Giles. They scored four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Giles led the offense with her grand slam and six RBI, while Taylor Anderson went 2-4 with two doubles and an RBI, Karli Castle went 2-2 with two doubles and an RBI, Jessica Davis went 2-3 with an RBI, Wietholter went 2-3 with an RBI and Heather Comer added a double and three RBI.

Riverside hosts Indian Lake on Saturday in a Swing for the Cure doubleheader.


(five innings)

Rams    000    00    —    0    1    7

Pirates    508    40    —    17    12    0

Sonders and Gentry; Wietholter and Anderson. WP—Wietholter; LP—Sonders.

Tigers blast Rams

Rachel Loffing fired a one-hitter as West Liberty-Salem’s softball team raced past host Greeneview 15-0 in five innings Thursday in Ohio Heritage Conference action.

The Tigers are now 6-6 overall and 4-3 in the OHC.

WL-Salem scored three runs in the first inning, five runs in the third inning and seven runs in the fourth inning.

Taylor Day led the WL-Salem offense, going 2-2 with four RBI, while Karlie Wilbur went 2-4 with a double.

Loffing recorded the win in the pitching circle.

WL-Salem travels to Triad on Monday for a local OHC meeting.


(five innings)

Tigers    305    70    —    15    10    0

Rams    000    00    —    0    1    3

WP—Loffing; LP—Whitt.

Cardinals down Irish

Triad’s softball team picked up a 6-0 win over host Springfield Catholic Central on Thursday in an Ohio Heritage Conference game.

The Cardinals improve their record to 9-2 overall and 5-1 in the OHC.

Offensively for Triad, Hannah Watkins went 2-2 and Jenna Welty and Jenna Ober each had a double.

Watkins earned the win in the pitching circle and combined with Dayna Ober for 13 strikeouts.

Triad hosts Southeastern today in OHC action.


Cardinals    012    000    3    —    6    10    0

Irish    000    000    0    —    9    3    3

Watkins, D. Ober (5) and Ehrenborg; Louch and Hoendorf. WP—Watkins; LP—Louch.

Fairbanks tops Ridgemont

Fairbanks overwhelmed visiting Ridgemont on Thursday for a 19-0 win in five innings in a Northwest Central Conference contest.

The Panthers piled up 18 hits and allowed just one Ridgemont hit.

Fairbanks jumped out to a 13-0 lead at the end of the second inning.

For the Gophers, Bailey Wagner recorded the only hit.

Ridgemont travels to the Bettsville Classic on Saturday.


(five innings)

Gophers    000    00    —    0    1    3

Panthers    853    3X    —    19    18    1

WP—Rausch; LP—McFadden.

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