Southeast Ohio Huddle: Wheelersburg captures baseball and softball district titles


Southeast Ohio Huddle

The postseason is heating up in in all sports, and baseball has several names that
fans will recognize this time of year. However, softball had an
undefeated go down and a somewhat of a Cinderella move on. We also had crazy comebacks, extra-inning instant classics, basketball
coaches hired and college destinations announced. So let’s get started.

The postseason is heating up in baseball, softball and track and all have sorted out the district winners and are ready to head to the regional levels. Baseball has several names –  like Zane Trace, Wheelersburg, Cambridge, and Racine Southern just to name a few –  that fans will recognize this time of year; however, softball had an undefeated go down and a somewhat of a Cinderella move on (and we honor this team as the Team of the Week).

This week’s top individual made sure that no such thing would happen to his favored Bobcats and last week’s top individual has decided where she will run when her current, dominate high school career has ended. This elite athlete will be joined by several other top track stars from around the southeast in this week’s regional track meet and the On Tap section tells you where some of these will take place.

In other News, Notes, & Nuggets, we had crazy comebacks, extra-inning instant classics, basketball coaches hired, and a school capturing district titles in more than one sport. So let’s get started. We start in the Scioto Valley Conference where many thought the league could get one or two teams to the Sweet 16 in softball, but Piketon had to take on a perfect team and then survive a nine-innings pitchers’ duel.


Piketon Softball: The Lady Redstreaks of Piketon first defeated previously unbeaten Chesapeake 3-1in the district semifinal and then outlasted Northwest 1-0 in a nine-inning thriller. The story of the Redstreaks’ run is the arm of Shella Zimmerman and the all-around play of Holly Brabson. Zimmerman dominated her two district opponents giving up just one run in 16 innings.


Timmy Harvey, Cambridge Baseball: The Cambridge baseball team recorded back-to-back district titles this week, and a big reason why was the performance of Timmy Harvey. Harvey finished with a two-hitter, striking out eight and walking two to improve his mound record to 8-2. Harvey also was involved in a pair of Cambridge rallies including a fifth-inning scoring frame. Harvey hit an opposite field double and eventually scored what later proved to be the winning run.


More to Make-Up: Due to all the rain earlier this spring, Meadowbrook and Claymont still had some ECOL action to finish. Meadowbrook pounded out 19 hits and 14 runs as the Lady Colts finish in a tie with Cambridge for second place in the league, one game behind Dover.

State Bound:
A Chillicothe High School duo has qualified for the Boys High School State Tournament in tennis. Doubles team John Lodes and Gabe Seymour qualified after beating teams from Athens and Granville.

Red Knights Roll:
The Toronto baseball teams improved to 25-3 with a district championship win over Malvern. Toronto recorded the 9-3 win behind the pitching of Mike Radvansky. Radvansky picked up the win on the hill for the Red Knights fanning 13 and walking three. Toronto will be joined at the Lancaster regional by Newark Catholic, Racine Southern, and Symmes Valley.

Winning Ways of Wheelersburg:
Both the Pirates and the Lady Pirates defeated teams from the Scioto Valley Conference to complete baseball and softball district championships. The baseball ‘Burg defeated Adena 5-4 and the softball team knocked off Unioto 4-3.

On Track to the Regional:
All the track teams around the southeast district were vying for district crowns this week. On the boys’ side, Circleville, Piketon, and Southeastern captured titles, while on the girls’ side, it was Washington Court House and Adena winning titles.

Sweet 16 Again:
The now 22-6 Cambridge baseball team will be heading back to the regional tournament thanks to a 5-1 district championship win over John Glenn. Cambridge will now face Waverly.

Last Chance:
The Zane Trace Pioneers represented the last chance for the Scioto Valley Conference to get a team into this year’s regional tournament. Zane Trace responded by defeating Portsmouth West 8-7. In the win Chris Finley had three hits and Joel Tripp added two more.

A Sprinter’s Signing:
Last week’s top individual, Olivia Lent, is back in the headlines again this week. The dominate track star has made a decision on where she will run at the next level. The Philo senior signed a national letter of intent Tuesday to continue her sprinting career at NCAA Division II Wheeling (W.Va.) Jesuit University.

Bonar to Lead Bellaire:
Marci Bonar has been named the new girls’ basketball coach at Bellaire High School. The 27-year old was informed early Friday morning that she’d been hired as the new coach at her alma mater by a 5-0 count at a special school board meeting.

Late-Game Comeback:
The Adena softball team trailed Belpre 2-0 in Thursday’s Division III District Championship. That held until the bottom of the 6th, when senior Tori Skinner singled and then scored on Brytan Givens’ RBI double making it 2-1. Kirsti Yates and Brittney Snyder both singled with two outs, followed by junior Jessica Seyfangs 2-run triple down the left field line to put the Lady Warriors up 3-2.  Adena’s Crystal Detty picked up the win for the Lady Warriors.


Division IV Regional, Portsmouth Clay vs. Franklin Furnace Green, Softball, Thursday, May 28th, Pickerington High School, 5 p.m. Match-up of two friendly rivals from the Southern Ohio Conference. This time it will mean far more than a win or loss in conference play, but instead it will give the winner a chance to advance to the elite round of eight.

Division III Regional, Zane Trace vs. Wheelersburg, Baseball, Thursday, May 28th, VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, 5 p.m.
Two of the premiere baseball programs in all the southeast get together for an Elite Eight spot in this year’s tournament. Fairland and Indian Valley get together in the other match-up that day with the winners to meet to decide who will represent the southeast in the Final Four.

Division III Regional, Piketon vs. Lakewood, Softball, Wednesday, May 27th, Lancaster High School, 5 p.m. Regional action gets started with a great pitching match-up, and then, the next day Adena and Wheelersburg meet. The winners play for a regional championship later this weekend.

Division III Regional Prelims and Finals, Track & Field, Wednesday, May 27th and Friday, May 29th, Pickerington North High School. The start of this year’s regional round starts Wednesday with the elite trying to return Friday to qualify for next week’s OHSAA State Track Meet.

Division II Regional Prelims and Finals, Track & Field, Thursday, May 28th and Saturday, May 30th, Meadowbrook High School, 4 p.m. on Thursday and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Several of the elite athletes from the eastern side of the Buckeye State meet at Meadowbrook to decide who will run their way to a spot at state.

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