The Madison-Plains softball team was winless as of Wednesday, April 9, that’s no longer the case after a strong weekend showing by the Golden Eagles.
Coach Kevin Stockham’s team picked up four victories in a three-day span and all of a sudden the Eagles have the look of a squad that many expected to compete for a Mid-State League Ohio Division crown.
Madison-Plains High School (4-2, 1-1) shutout visiting Grandview 3-0 Thursday, April 10, walloped Worthington Christian 14-3 Friday, April 11 and swept Millersport 10-3 and topped defending D-II state champion Licking Valley 5-4 Saturday, April 12.
Courtney Davis tossed a four-hit shutout against Grandview, Tori Bevington was the beneficiary in the lopsided, five-inning win over Worthington Christian. Bevington picked up another win against Millersport, and connected on a two-run home run in the game. Plains scored six runs over the final three innings of the game to secure the victory.
In the showdown with Licking Valley, Davis was back inside the circle but it was her catcher Liza Watson who had the big hit in the game. Watson smacked a two-run home run in the fifth inning to put her team ahead for good.
West Jefferson 17,
A night after a disappointing performance, the Lady Roughriders (5-2, 4-0 MSL Ohio) rebounded in a big way with a 17-3 crushing of host Whitehall Friday, April 11.
“The girls played a great game (Friday), our bats came to life,” coach Jim Stevens said. “I think our girls regrouped after Thursday. They came out and played our style, we fielded the ball, had no errors after five on Thursday. Everyone did their job, I’m extremely proud of them.”
The coach was not as impressed with what he saw a day earlier in a 10-7, 9 inning win over Worthington Christian. The Roughriders were sluggish and didn’t play their best, but the win helped them stay undefeated in league play.
“We came out flat-footed,” Stevens said. “We got a lead, let them come back. Took another lead and let them stay in the game, it took nine innings but we finally won it.”
In the triumph over Whitehall, first baseman Emily Stevenson was on fire. She was 4 for 4 at the plate, which included a two-run home run and a grand slam. Taylor Bowman also had strong showing, collecting three hits.
“We hit the ball all the way through the lineup,” Stevens said. “I’m really proud of the way they came back (Friday).”
The Red Raiders (5-4, 3-0) stayed undefeated in league play with a good win over Bexley Friday, April 11.
Baylee Semler had three singles and Talia Frye had a single and two RBI in the win. Lauren Miller picked up the win, surrendering nine hits, inside the circle for London.
Buckeye Valley 8,
Buckeye Valley 9,
In the opening game of the doubleheader Saturday, April 12, the Red Raiders could only muster three hits, they came in the form of singles from Rachel Long, Lauren Miller and Taylor Melillo.
Long got the start and suffered the loss, she didn’t get much help defensively as London committed five errors in the loss.
In the second game Saturday, London got its bats going with 12 hits, but the defense was still an issue as it committed four costly errors.
Shelby Long suffered the loss. Semler had two hits and two RBI, Alli Farley had a single and double, while Melillo had three hits including a double.
Jonathan Alder 7,
Olentangy Liberty 1
Jonathan Alder 4,
Olentangy Liberty 3
The Pioneers (8-1, 4-0 MOAC) are rolling along and a step outside of Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference play Saturday, April 12, didn’t slow them down at all.
It took a while for things to get clicking, but when they did Alder was able to pick up the win. The Lady Pioneers trailed 1-0 heading into the home half of the fifth inning of the opening game of the doubleheader, but proceeded to score seven runs and comfortably walked away with the win.
Andi Blankenship limited the Patriots to a mere three hits in earning the victory.
In the second game, Mady Watson was even more impressive allowing just two hits in the win.
Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 18 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.