With the calendar turning to May, spring sports are quickly approaching
their respective postseasons. All the southeast baseball and softball
coaches got together at Jackson High School this past weekend to sort
out this year’s sectional and district brackets. Many of the perennial
powers find themselves at their familiar top spot; however, there are a
few newcomers earning the most votes.
With the calendar turning to May, spring sports are quickly approaching their respective postseasons. All the southeast baseball and softball coaches got together at Jackson High School this past weekend to sort out this year’s sectional and district brackets. Many of the perennial powers find themselves at their familiar top spot; however, there are a few newcomers earning the most votes. News, Notes, & Nuggets has all of this year’s No. 1 seeds for both baseball and softball in all divisions around the southeast.
One of the top seeds is honored as our top team this week as they continued their perfect ways in one of the top baseball conferences in the southeast. For our top individual we honor one of the best pitchers that high school softball has ever possessed in the history of the sport in Ohio. It is hard to top what this Meadowbrook flame-thrower has already done; however, her latest performance was done without one ball hit in fair territory.
Track teams also are nearing the postseason. Most of the invites are winding down and league wide meets and postseason meets are nearing quickly. Other news includes some coaching changes on the hardwood. All this and more this week in the southeast, so lets get started by taking a look at this week’s top team.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Adena Baseball: The Warriors just keep on winning! In the past week, the Adena baseball team enjoyed four wins in as many games to stretch their perfect conference mark to 11-0 – a record that locks up at least a share of this year’s Scioto Valley Conference title.
On Monday, Adena defeated Piketon 10-0 behind a shutout performance from Buddy Barnes. The next night, Adena faced second-place Zane Trace and came a way with a 4-1 victory. Senior southpaw Zach Skaggs recorded 10 strikeouts and senior catcher Jimmy Starr added a homerun to give the Warriors the win. On Wednesday night, Adena used a solid pitching performance from Andrew Cottrill to beat Southeastern 10-2, and on Friday, it was Barnes returning to the mound to squeak by Unioto 3-2. In the Unioto win, again it was Starr hitting a homerun to lift Adena. Skaggs pitched the seventh inning to record the save.
Adena finished off the week by earning the top-seed in their Division III sectional tournament.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kinsi Tellep, Meadowbrook Softball: The hard throwing hurler struck out 21 of the 22 batters she faced in a 4-0 win over Magnolia. The amazing performance came in a game in which the Lady Colt star was battling through a hamstring injury.
Tellep, who allowed only a sixth inning one-out walk on a 3-2 pitch to Magnolia’s Alexajo Hanna, put her name into the OHSAA record book once again – I say again because remember Tellep K’d 37 batters earlier this year in a game – with her 21 Ks, only the third girl to accomplish that feat in a seven-inning contest.
NEWS, NOTES AND NUGGETS
Southeast’s Top-Seeds: Sunday was baseball and softball selection Sunday at Jackson High School. In baseball, Waverly and Hillsboro took top honors in Division II while Adena, Zane Trace, and Fairland took top seeds in Division III. In Division IV, Ironton Saint Joseph (the No. 1 team in Ohio in last week’s state poll) and Eastern Meigs were voted No. 1 seeds.
For softball, the Division II top seeds are Marietta and Sheridan. In Division III, No. 1 seeds went to Unioto, Chesapeake, and Adena while Portsmouth Clay and Franklin Furnace Green earned the top spots in Division IV.
Caldwell Kicker to Kick in College: Caldwell kicker Kasey Perkins signed a letter-of-intent this week to play football for Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky.
Wheelersburg Boys and Girls both win Arthur Lydiard Classic: In an invite where South Point served as the host school, both Wheelersburg’s boys and girls track teams captured first place. On the girls’ side, the Lady Pirates won easily recording 49 more points than second-place Fairland, but the boys had a title race all day long as their 112 points proved to just be eight points better than second-place finishers Coal Grove and Fairland.
Heading to the Hall: Tri-Valley golf coach Larry Welch has been selected to enter the Ohio Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. Welch has won six Muskingum Valley League titles, six sectional crowns and made eight district appearances during his 21 seasons.
Whiteman Returns to Maysville Sideline: Todd Whiteman, who was head coach of the Panthers from 1999-2002, has decided to return as the sideline general. The official hire came at a special Maysville Board of Education meeting Thursday night in the new Maysville multipurpose Athletic Center.
Kowalski Calls it Quits: Harrison Central girls’ basketball coach Mark Kowalski decided this week that he would be stepping down to commit more time to his family and to his other career responsibilities which include assistant principal and athletic director.
Bobcats Beaten: Cambridge baseball lost 4-1 to John Marshall in the 4-A OVAC finals while the softball Bobcats fell 3-1 to Edison in the OVAC 4-A semifinals.
Shutout Streak Stopped: April 13, 2005 – that was the last time Zane Trace baseball had been shutout…until Federal Hocking’s Tyler Thompson accomplished the feat in a 2-0 win over the weekend. The Pioneers had gone 131 straight games (the state record is 159 consecutive), but Thompson’s nine strikeouts, no walk performance kept the high-powered ZT offense in check.
SE Boys, FH Girls Win VC Invite: In last week’s Vinton County Invitational, Scioto Valley Conference’s Southeastern Boys and Tri Valley Conference’s Federal Hocking girls took first-place to capture this year’s title.
Meadowbrook vs. Harrison Central, Softball, Monday, May 4th at 5:30 p.m.: Two of the top softball pitchers in all the Buckeye State take the mound in the OVAC Class 3-A championship at the I-470 Complex in Elm Grove. Meadowbrook’s Kinsi Tellep and Harrison Central’s Sara Pelegreen will make hits and runs tough to come by in this title game.
Marietta vs. Vinton County, Tennis, Tuesday, May 5th, 4:30 p.m. Vinton County High School: Key head-to-head battle as these two Division II programs enter the final week of the regular season.
Adena vs. Zane Trace, Baseball & Softball, Wednesday, May 6th, 5 p.m. Zane Trace High School: Adena is attempting to win both the baseball and softball league titles in the Scioto Valley Conference. In baseball, Adena is trying to do it in undefeated fashion, but second-place Zane Trace will try to ruin the quest for a golden baseball.
Wheelersburg vs. Waverly, Baseball, Wednesday, May 6th, 5 p.m. Waverly High School: This should be an intense rematch in the Southern Ohio Conference. Waverly will try to complete the season sweep of the Pirates and capture the league title.
Division II Sectional Tournament, Baseball & Softball, Saturday, May 9th: With the limited amount of teams in D-II around the southeast, this level’s lower seeds are forced to play some extra rounds. The first-round match-ups are as follows:
Vinton County at Warren, 1 p.m.
Greenfield McClain at Fairfield Union, 1 p.m.
Vinton County at New Lexington, 1 p.m.
Chillicothe at Hillsboro, 1 p.m.