The top team and the top player comes from the diamond this week as
Pike County crowned a county champion and a Philo freshman nearly took
care of all 21 outs herself. The diamond also provided some walk-off
thrillers, some pitching duels, and a few teams still looking for their
first loss. The track also provided some highlights.
The top team and the top player comes from the diamond this week as Pike County crowned a county champion and a Philo freshman nearly took care of all 21 outs herself. The diamond also provided some walk-off thrillers, some pitching duels, and a few teams still looking for their first loss.
It is hard to believe, but by the end of this upcoming week, the spring sports will have reached their halfway points. The weather over the first couple of weeks of spring has made it tough for baseball and softball teams to get more than three of four games in during a week. All the rescheduling has many teams facing six or seven games over a six day period this week.
The track also provided some highlights as Chillicothe took both the boys and girls title at the RL Davisson Invitational. Piketon’s Caleb Southworth took boys medalist honors while Chillicothe’s Hannah McCorkle and Jasmine Vinson shared honors in the girls meet.
The News, Notes, and Nuggets highlight some other meets from around the area.
The week also had two more basketball coaches – one on the boys’ side and one on the girls’ side – turn in resignations.
All of this, plus a look at what’s On Tap throughout the southeast. So, let’s get started by honoring the Pike County Classic champion.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Waverly Baseball: The Waverly Tigers enjoyed a nice week that started with Southern Ohio Conference wins over South Webster and ended on Saturday with Pike County bragging rights. On Saturday – in a one-day format – Waverly recorded easy wins over Western (14-1 in five innings) and Piketon (13-2 in five innings).
In the South Webster win, Ryan Robertson threw a no-hitter while striking out 15. Robertson also hit a home run. Tim Tackett also hit a dinger while Ryan Tackett added two hits.
On Saturday, the Tigers used the big inning and some solid pitching to notch the county classic. In game one, Waverly scored eight runs in the first two innings, and in game two, Luke Teeters went the distance for the Tigers, striking out seven and allowing five hits in four innings.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Hayley Flynn, Philo Softball: Freshman Hayley Flynn struck out 17 in a four-hitter as Philo topped New Lexington 10-2 in Muskingum Valley League softball action Thursday. Flynn only walked one while pitching around two Philo errors. She also had two singles. Teammates London Baker and Darsey Tanner also enjoyed a multi hit day. The Lady Electrics are now 5-1.
NEWS, NOTES AND NUGGETS
Marietta’s Carpenter Blanks Zanesville: Zanesville had runners at third in three different innings but couldn’t capitalize against Layne Carpenter in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League contest. Carpenter pitched a one-hitter with 16 strikeouts and walked six for the Lady Tigers of Marietta in a 2-0 win.
Walk-off Winner: Buckeye Local’s Lexee Koran delivered a bases-loaded single to deep centerfield in the bottom of the seventh to send the Panthers home with a win. The bottom of the seventh inning started with Jaycee Gotschall, the Panthers’ No. 9 hitter, working a leadoff walk. Tessa Gretchen then singled to center and Rachel Stuart worked a full-count walk to load the bases. One out later, Koran, who started on the mound for Buckeye Local, sent a shot to deep center to plate Gotschall with the game-winner.
Unblemished Blue Devils: Last week’s Player of the Week, Wade Kaido, tossed a one-hitter and drove in six runs at the plate as visiting Zanesville routed Logan 14-0 in a six-inning Southeastern Ohio Athletic League game. Kaido, who improved to 3-0 on the season, struck out seven of the final nine batters he faced. He finished with eight punch outs. The Blue Devils are now 6-0.
A Tri-Valley Trouncing: Jordan Ayres and Drew Sharrer teamed for a two-hitter Wednesday, and eight Tri-Valley batters knocked in runs as the undefeated Scotties beat visiting Morgan 11-1 in five innings in Muskingum Valley League.
Harrop Resigns at Western: After two seasons leading the Western Indians boys’ basketball team to over 30 wins and a pair of sectional titles, Trent Harrop has resigned from his coaching position. Harrop cited personal reasons for his resignation. He will remain at Western as a teacher and cross country coach.
A John Glenn Win: Last Monday, John Glenn’s Tori Clark delivered a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to plate Macey Brosie with the eventual winning run, as host John Glenn remained unbeaten in the Muskingum Valley League play with a 3-2 win over Crooksville.
A Day-Night Twin Bill: In game one at Byesville, Cambridge came away with a 17-4 runaway and then completed the sweep with an 8-1 win at Don Coss Field under the lights. The sweep improves Cambridge to 7-1 (3-0 in the East Central Ohio League) and drops Meadowbrook to 2-4 (0-3 in the ECOL).
Sweep for the Shamrocks: Host Barnesville scored a quad track sweep on Thursday against Monroe Central, Linsly and Shenandoah. In the boys’ meet, Barnesville scored 92 points followed by Monroe Central with 77, Linsly with 68 and Shenandoah with 12. In the girls’ meet, it was the Lady Shamrocks with 106 points followed by Linsly with 70, Monroe Central with 58 and Shenandoah with 14.
Birkhimer Steps Down at Rosecrans: Mike Birkhimer has resigned his post after three seasons as the head girls’ basketball coach at Rosecrans. The Lady Bishops wrapped up a 9-12 season – their best in Birkhimer’s three seasons – with a Division IV sectional tournament loss to River Local. The team played well down the stretch with a five-game winning streak before losing their regular season finale to Columbus Hartley.
Tri-Valley Track Sweeps Muskingum County Meet: Tri-Valley claimed both the boys and girls titles in the Muskingum County Meet on Thursday, as the boys defeated John Glenn 162-142 and the girls outscored Maysville 145-101. Zanesville was the third-place team in each, with the boys collecting 79 points and the girls scoring 91 points.
Zane Trace vs. Huntington, Softball, Tuesday, April 14, Huntington High School, 5 p.m. Zane Trace is looking to continue its current 45 straight conference win streak (an all-time league record in softball) when the Lady Pioneers travel to Huntington to face the SVC unbeaten Lady Huntsmen.
Adena vs. Unioto, Baseball, Wednesday, April 15, Unioto High School, 5 p.m. These two tradition-rich baseball programs go head-to-head in a key SVC battle. Both are off to unbeaten starts in the league.
Vinton County vs. Logan, Boys and Girls Tennis, Wednesday, April 15, Logan High School, 4:30 p.m. A pair of Division II schools get together for a head-to-head match-up on the tennis court.
South Webster vs. Whiteoak, Baseball, Saturday, April 18th, Whiteoak High School, Noon. Two teams from last year’s Division IV district tournament get together for a non-league double-header.
Unioto Invitational, Boys and Girls Track & Field, Saturday, April 18th, Unioto High School, 9 a.m. Several of the top boys and girls track programs come together at the beautiful athletic facilities at Unioto for an invitational that contains an elite field.