For years Jonathan Alder softball coach Dave McGrew talked about the potency of the River Valley.
The Pioneers coach would go on about how much talent the Vikings had and how good he thought they could be. But up until this season his teams were still able to win the head-to-head match-ups. But the Vikings took an earlier clash between the two squads 10-4 and then finished the season sweep with a 7-6 victory Wednesday evening.
The Pioneers (7-3, 4-2) scored three times in the top of the third inning, but Valley answered back with five in the bottom of the frame. It held a lead that stretched to 6-3 heading into the sixth, but Alder scored twice in the sixth and again in the top of the seventh to tie things at 6-6. But the home team plated a run in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off win.
Alder and Valley are tied for second in league play behind North Union.
Worthington Christian 7,
West Jefferson 6
The Roughriders (10-2, 4-1) find themselves in an unfamiliar position, out of first place in the Mid-State League Ohio Division.
West Jeff blew an early lead and suffered a loss Wednesday to the Warriors who remain undefeated in league play (4-0).
Christian scored four runs in the home half of the fifth to take a 6-4 lead. The Roughriders immediately answered with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to tie things at 6-6. But Worthington Christian scored in the bottom of the seventh to walk away with the victory.
The Red Raiders (4-11, 2-3) lost a MSL Ohio Division tilt at Grandview Wednesday.
The host Bobcats scored seven times in the first three innings and were able to keep the Raiders from getting any closer than a three-run spread.
The Golden Eagles (3-12) struggles continued with a run-rule shortened loss to visiting Northeastern Wednesday in Ohio Heritage Conference play.
Jonathan Alder 16,
River Valley 3
The Pioneers (13-1, 6-0) scored 10 runs in the top of the sixth inning and cruised to a MOAC Red Division victory Wednesday.
With the win Alder stayed alone atop the league standings.
West Jefferson 15,
Worthington Christian 4
The Roughriders (12-4, 4-1) pounded out 15 hits and easily won this MSL Ohio contest played at Worthington Christian. Shane Gray picked up on the mound for West Jeff.
The Red Raiders (4-6, 1-2) were edged in an extra inning league game played at Grandview Wednesday.
London had a 5-0 lead for most of the game but the Bobcats scored five times in the sixth and seventh innings combined and then won the game in the extra frame.
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