Girls’ Softball Action Heating Up The Diamonds
Fort Frye 6, River 0
The Pilots’ Gabby Gaudy struck out 11 batters and walked one, but it wasn’t enough to get by the undefeated Lady Cadets of Fort Frye, who prevailed 6-0 April 23 at the 1-470 Complex in Wheeling.
The Fort’s Lexi Huck opened the game with a two-run shot and Abby Baker put the game on ice in the sixth when she lifted a three-run shot over the fence to put the game on ice for Fort Frye.
Lady Pilot Monica Curtis doubled, while Mikayla Ciszeski and Haylee Bowers each tacked on singles to pace the Lady Pilots’ first trip to the OVAC four-team championships.
River 5, Buckeye Trail 2
The Lady Pilots scored a run in each of the first five innings and held on for a 5-2 victory over Buckeye Trail April 26 in Sardis.
Gabby Goudy went the distance on the hill. She struck out four and didn’t walk a batter to gain the win. Haylee Bowers paced the six-hit Pilot attack with an pair of RBI singles, while Rosie Romick and Mckenzie Marshall each smacked RBI doubles.
River 8, Tyler 2
Four River Pilot softball players tallied multiple hits and took advantage of 11 Silver Knight errors to garner a come-from-behind 8-2 victory over Tyler Consolidated in Kidwell April 25.
Rosie Romick pounded out three singles to lead a Lady Pilot 11-hit attack, while Haylee Bowers contributed a double and a single. Mikayla Ciezeski and Madison Taylor each pounded out a pair of singles, while Mackenzie Marshall blasted a double.
Valley 8, Tyler 5
Jessica Ashcraft, Bre Harris, Arizona Cunningham, and Megan Bucher each recorded multiple hits to lead the Valley Lumberjills to an 8-5 victory over Tyler Consolidated April 22 in Pine Grove.
The Lady Knights quickly raced out to a 3-0 advantage in the top of the first. But, Harris opened the bottom of the first with a bunt single and Valley got runners on all bases. However, the Knights buckled down and held the ‘Jills to no runs.
Valley scored twice in the second as Cunningham opened the inning with a single. After a Megan Martin walk, the runners moved up a base on a ground out. Cunningham scored on an error, and Martin raced home on a wild pitch.
Valley kept Tyler scoreless in the next two frames, including a bases-loaded situation in the third. In the inning, Valley batted around, starting with a solid single up the middle from Harris, who moved up a spot with a steal.
Haley Fluharty followed with a single, putting runners on the corners. Harris trotted home on a single by Bucher and Ashcraft followed with a double that cleared the bases. She then waltzed home on a wild pitch.
Tyler scored a run in the fourth, but the ‘Jills batted a round once more, scoring two runs on one single, a hits batsmen and several Silver Knight miscues.
Ashcraft led the Valley charge with a two RBI doubles and a single, while Harris, Bucher, and Cunningham each had a pair of singles. Fluharty and Alyssa Sharpe each lined a single, while Heather Cain knocked in a run.
Paden City 5
The Lady Wildcats’ Kelsey Loy blasted a solo home run and struck out four from the circle, but it wasn’t enough for Paden City to get by the Lady Dragons, who won 10-5 April 26 at Paden City Park.
Both teams scored two runs in the first and third frames, but the Lady Dragons took advantage of five Wildcat errors to gain the nod.
Taylor Cosper smacked a pair of doubles, while Hannah Stanley drove home a run on a single, and Myah Charkawi also brought a teammate home.
Paden City 11-7, JCC 0-0
The Lady ‘Cats swept Jefferson Christian in a double-header, 10-0 and 7-0 April 27 in Paden City.
Amber Neff won both games from the hill. She struck out three in both games, while Cosper, Mallory Estel, and Graeson Baker tossed some innings in relief.
Charkawi had the big bat in game one with four singles and two RBIs, while Cosper plated a run with a pair of doubles in game two to lead the ‘Cats in their ninth and tenth victories of the season.
Stanley followed Charkawi in game one with a double and two singles, while Tori Anderson, Katie Shreves and Nikki Little each contributed a pair of base hits. Cosper doubled and Loy smacked a two-run single.
In the nightcap, Anderson followed Cosper with a pair of RBI singles, while Stanley, Little, and Baker each added RBI singles.