Want highlights? Southeast Ohio was the place to be this past week. A 47-game win streak was snapped, a pitcher reached 1,000 career strikeouts and a baseball player tossed a no-hitter and hit two grand slams in the same game. Want more? There is plenty…
The highlights from the southeast this week starts on the softball field in the Scioto Valley Conference. Zane Trace entered Friday night winners of 47-straight SVC games, but Piketon put a stop to it all with a 5-1 victory. In the win, Shella Zimmerman struck out 14 Zane Trace hitters. Holly Brabson had three doubles to lead Piketon, while Calli Vance had a hit and an RBI and Zimmerman knocked in two with a single.
A little further south, a softball team is still perfect and they are honored as this week’s top team. As for the top individual, a Ceramic enjoyed an incredible day on the mound, but it was one grand inning that really made his day a historic one.
Speaking of historic, News, Notes & Nuggets explains how a Meadowbrook pitcher hits the four-digit mark on the career strikeout list, and she did so while enjoying a couple perfect days this week.
In other news, the southeast had several track invites, an ECOL showdown on the diamond, and a former Buckeye who played his high school football in southeast Ohio ready to give back to some area kids in a great way.
Finally, several leagues have huge head-to-head match-ups this week, and the On Tap section keys you in on a few to watch.
All this and more, so let’s get started…
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Chesapeake Softball: The Lady Panthers are still perfect as spring sports hit the halfway point. Ace pitcher Allison Chapman struck out 15 Franklin Furnace Green batters in the most recent win as Chesapeake improves to 12-0. Chapman received all the offensive support she would need from Myky Harmon’s solo homerun.
Just one night earlier, Chapman threw a one-hit shutout while striking out 14 in a 3-0 win over South Point. Chesapeake got key RBI hits from Courtney Heffner, Casey Kirk, and Caitlyn Heffner to provide just enough offense to support Chapman’s dominance on the mound.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Adam Swingle, Crooksville Baseball: Crooksville senior Adam Swingle had a day for the record books on Saturday against visiting Waterford. Impressive enough, Swingle pitched a no-hitter, but even more impressive, he hit two grand slams in the same 14-run fourth inning and had nine RBIs as the Ceramics rolled to an easy five inning win over Waterford.
NEWS, NOTES AND NUGGETS
Warriors Keep Winning: The Adena baseball team keeps finding a way to win. This last week Adena beat Southeastern on Monday and then completed one-run victories at Unioto on Wednesday and at Westfall on Friday. Adena is now 10-1 overall and 5-0 in the Scioto Valley Conference.
A Career of K’s: Meadowbrook senior Kinsi Tellep pitched her second perfect game in as many days on Friday, blanking New Philadelphia 2-0, in an East Central Ohio League game.
Tellep struck out 10 just a night after throwing a perfect game and picking up her 1,000th strikeout in an 8-0 win over Coshocton.
Chelsey Roberts and Alyssa Wright led Meadowbrook (9-2, 4-0 ECOL) with a single and an RBI each. Maurie Delong and Sarah Stine added doubles. Lexi Flories took the tough-luck loss for New Philadelphia.
St. Clairsville Track Wins Shadyside Relays: The girls’ track team from St. Clairsville captured its third invite title in four weeks
Chillicothe Tennis Serves Up Another SEOAL Win: The Chillicothe boys’ tennis team recorded its seventh win in eight matches by defeating Gallia Academy to improve to 3-0 in the SEOAL. Gabe Seymour, Tyler Allen, and Justin Ball all recorded easy, straight-set wins to lead the way.
Ross County Swept in Annual Sertoma Game: In the annual basketball all-star game that puts the top seniors from all of Ross County against all the best from Pickaway County, the county from the north dominated both games. In girls’ action, the Ross team was led by Adena senior Brittney Snyder with 11 points. In the boys’ game, it was Westfall’s Tyler Kritsch scoring 20 points to lead his Pickaway squad to an 89-69 win. Chillicothe’s Ron Smith led all scorers with 24 points in the losing effort.
Athens Track Sweeps Athens County Rotary Meet: The Athens boys and girls track teams captured the top prize at this year’s annual Athens County Rotary Meet. The boys scored 159 points to blowout the field while the ladies from Athens recorded 99.5 points which was 16 points better than Federal Hocking.
Logjam at the Top: With preseason favorite Unioto only at 2-2 after an unexpected 0-2 start and Piketon knocking off Zane Trace this past Friday night, the Scioto Valley Conference softball standings show that it is anyone’s league to win. Entering Monday night, six of the eight teams in the conference are separated by only one game in the loss column.
Several Southeast Track Programs in Action at Oak Hill Invite: With 15 schools present at Oak Hill High School, it was the Wheelersburg girls holding off Fairland; however, on the boys’ side it was Fairland edging out Wheelersburg to win the invite.
Former Sherman/Buckeye Giving Back to Southeast Ohio: Ben Hartsock of the Atlanta Falcons will be returning home this summer to offer a free camp to 200 kids in Ross County. Hartsock, a former Unioto High School and Ohio State football player, will be offering this camp on June 6th at the Unioto Athletic Complex. Kids can get information at their school.
Cambridge Comeback Falls Short in ECOL Showdown: Dover baseball continued its perfect ways as it improved to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in league play with a 6-5 win over Cambridge (10-2, 3-1). Dover opened up a 5-0 lead only to see Cambridge come storming back. In the win for Dover, Ian Drapcho worked the first five frames with five Ks and three walks to earn the win.
Adena vs. Zane Trace, Baseball, Monday, April 20th, Adena High School, 5 p.m. This is the first of the two annual meetings against these two Division III giants. Adena enters at 5-0 in the SVC with Zane Trace just one game back.
Waverly vs. Wheelersburg, Baseball, Wednesday, April 22nd, Wheelersburg High School, 5 p.m. As most conferences reach their halfway points, this Southern Ohio Conference match-up should go a long way in determining this year’s champion.
Unioto vs. Piketon, Softball, Wednesday, April 22, Piketon High School, 5 p.m. After Piketon ended Zane Trace’s 47-straight conference winning streak, it now looks forward to another key SVC match-up against Unioto.
Cavalier Club Invitational, Track, Friday, April 24th, Bobo Track/Herrnstein Field, 4:30 p.m. Some of the best track programs from around southeast Ohio come to Chillicothe for an elite track invite.
Minford Invitational, Track, Friday, April 24th, Minford High School, 4:30 p.m. The same night several teams are at Chillicothe, a little further south, Minford will be welcoming several teams to their annual invite.