Galion 10, Lexington 0
GALION — The softball squads from Galion and Lexington battled the elements on Monday at Klehm Field to compete in non-conference action.
Galion wasted no time, taking an early 4-0 lead after the first inning. In the second, the Lady Tigers’ offense continued to roar as they posted an additional two runs. The third and fourth innings would see zeroes on the scoreboard before Galion walked it off in the bottom of the fifth. Following two runs to put the score at 8-0, Gracie Groves delivered a huge, two-run home run to wrap the contest at 10-0 in favor of the hosts.
With the victory, Galion extended their winning streak to 13 games and bump their record to 15-3 overall, including a 7-3 mark in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference play.
The Lady Tigers scored their 10 run on nine hits, left just two on the bases and were spotless in the field on defense. Lexington managed just three hits on the afternoon and committed four errors defensively.
Madelyn Thomas picked up the win, tossing the first three innings in the circle for Galion while allowing two hits and walking a batter. Gabby Kaple closed out the game for the Tigers, allowing one hit and recording a strikeout in two innings.
In addition to the walk-off “dinger”, Groves also recorded a single, scored twice, drove in the two runs and swiped two bases.
Nevaeh Clark and Nicole Thomas also picked up multi-hit games on the afternoon. Clark continued to scorch opposing pitching, connecting for a single, a double and a triple while scoring three runs and driving in two. Thomas finished with a pair of singes, two runs scored, an RBI and a pair of steals.
Kaple and Kate Schieber finished with a single apiece at the dish while Kaple scored a run and recorded a steal and Schieber picked up an RBI and scored once. Emily Sedmak scored once and Madison Harmon stole a base to round out the high octane Galion offense.
The Lady Tigers played host to the Ontario Lady Warriors on Tuesday in game one of their season series and will be on the road at Ontario on Wednesday. On Friday, May 3, Galion is set to play host to St. Peter’s in non-conference action.
Highland 7, Northmor 4
SPARTA — Northmor’s softball team headed to Sparta on Monday to face Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference foes, the Highland Lady Fighting Scots, in game one of their season series.
The Lady Knights got the offense going early, scoring two in the top of the first before the Scots responded with a pair of runs of their own. Northmor would take the lead again with two additional runs in the top of the third and would hold that lead until the fifth. In the fifth, Highland exploded for five runs to put the game at its’ eventual final score of 7-4.
With the defeat, Northmor fell to 5-13 overall on the season and 3-10 in the KMAC.
Maddie Hoverland was dealt the loss, going the entire six innings while allowing nine hits and seven earned runs while issuing two walks. At the plate, Hoverland picked up a pair of singles and scored a run.
Offensively, Northmor scored their four runs on eight hits and left eight stranded while Highland plated seven on nine hits and left four on base. The Golden Knights played an error-free game in the field while the Scots had one miscue.
Megan Adkins and Lily Tate also finished with multi-hit games for the visitors on the afternoon. Adkins belted a solo home run and a single and Tate continued to make contact, ripping three singles while scoring twice. Rosie Sklenicka picked up Northmor’s other hit, a single, while Rylee Hollingsworth drove in a run to round out the offensive output for the Lady Golden Knights.
Northmor played host to Highland in game two of the series on Tuesday and will hit the road to face the Colonel Crawford Lady Eagles on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference action.
Mansfield Christian 5, Crestline 2
MANSFIELD — The Crestline Lady Bulldogs were on the road on Monday to face Mid-Buckeye Conference foes, the Mansfield Christian Lady Flames.
Despite a late rally from the ‘Dogs, the Flames would hold on for a 5-2 victory, sending Crestline to 6-10 overall on the season and 4-5 in MBC play.
Mansfield Christian scored first, plating three runs in the home half of the third before plating an additional two runs in the fourth. In the fifth, the ‘Dogs reached the scoreboard with a run and did the same in the sixth but would be kept at bay in the final frame.
Brynn Cheney took the loss for Crestline, working the first 2⅓ innings and giving up two hits and three runs (one earned) while walking four and fanning a pair. Brianna Briggs closed out the game for the Lady Bulldogs, allowing three hits and an earned run while picking up two strikeouts in 3⅔ innings in the circle.
Both squads finished with five hits on the day while Crestline stranded eight runners and Mansfield Christian left nine on the bases. Defensively, the Bulldogs committed three errors to the Flames’ one error.
Desi Neveja and Alandra Tesso had multi-hit games as both girls picked up a pair of singles and scored a run while Neveja also stole a base. Briggs hit the other single for the visitors and Cheney stole a base to complete the offensive output in the loss.
On Tuesday, the Lady ‘Dogs hosted the Lady Flames in game two of their season series and will be on their home field again against the East Knox Lady Bulldogs. Crestline is set to host another KMAC opponent on Thursday as the Mount Gilead Lady Indians come to town.
Colonel Crawford 16, Harding 7
MARION — The Lady Eagles non-conference game against the Harding Prexies was moved to Marion due to poor field conditions but that would not stop Crawford as they cruised to the nine-run victory; 16-7.
With that win, the Eagles improved their season record to 7-12 overall and currently sit at 5-8 in Northern-10 Athletic Conference play.
On Tuesday afternoon, Crawford headed to Morral for game two of their season series against the hosting Ridgedale Lady Rockets. The Lady Eagles return home for a non-conference meeting with the Northmor Lady Golden Knights on Wednesday and will be on the road Thursday against Riverdale.
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