It is springtime in the southeast as baseball, softball, and track all
got underway this week. We go to the baseball diamond to find our top
teams and individual this week. For our team award, we honor a pair of
Southern Ohio Conference squads for their perfect starts.
It is springtime in the southeast as baseball, softball, and track all got underway this week. We go to the baseball diamond to find our top teams and individual this week. For our team award, we honor a pair of Southern Ohio Conference squads for their perfect starts. These two SOC rivals also headline our On Tap section as they will meet this week with an early season advantage on the line. As for our top individual, we head to Ross County to highlight an outstanding first week for a power hitter from the Scioto Valley Conference.
There were also plenty of other headlines in baseball and softball to talk about. We had coaches reaching milestones, several no-hitters being thrown, and some schools playing back-to-back doubleheaders over the holiday weekend.
The southeast also saw several track squads in action. Big meets were held at Nelsonville, Piketon, and Zane Trace. All these sites provided us with a good look of what to expect in 2010. St. Clairsville, Wheelersburg, Chillicothe, and Unioto headline some schools to watch while Piketon’s Caleb Southworth is posting some impressive individual scoring in his first couple meets.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Wheelersburg Pirates & Lucasville Valley Indians, Baseball: We have two Southern Ohio Conference baseball squads sharing the honor this week. Both squads enjoyed perfect starts during the first week of action. Wheelersburg recorded league wins which included a win over Waverly during the week and then posted a very impressive doubleheader sweep over Zane Trace and Washington Court House on Saturday afternoon. In the big Waverly win, Andrew Elliott tossed five innings to earn the victory while teammates Brandon Hall and Nick Kemper both recorded three hits and a homerun.
As for Lucasville Valley, the Indians also played perfect in league play throughout the week including a key win over Minford behind a solid pitching performance from Eli Garrett. Valley then swept Piketon on Saturday as the LV offense exploded for 38 runs on the day.
These two SOC teams meet this week. Check at our On Tap section below to see when and where.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Rick Chamberlin, Zane Trace Baseball: The senior power hitter enjoyed an 11-hit week including two doubles, a triple, and a pair of homers. Chamberlin also drove in 14 runs and scored six more. The senior hit .500 and slugged .955 in a great opening week to the season.
NEWS, NOTES, & NUGGETS
Mid-Season Form: Adena softball proved all the preseason hype was well deserved as the reigning regional finalist enjoyed a 5-0 start this week. The Lady Warriors first defeated Miami Trace 4-3 on Monday night before blowing out Chillicothe 10-0 the next night. After taking Wednesday night off, Adena beat Lucasville Valley 8-3 on Thursday. The two-shade blue finished off the week with a doubleheader sweep of Waverly winning the first game 16-4 and the second game 12-11.
Huge Field at Rocky Brands Invite in Nelsonville: The field at Nelsonville included 15 schools this past weekend as Chillicothe’s girls’ squad dominated the field by 52 points as they posted 122.5 points to win the event. Morgan was second in a field that included Athens, River Valley, and several other southeast schools.
On the boys’ side, Berne Union won the team title. The top southeast team was Athens who finished just nine-and-a-half points back at 110.5. Chillicothe was third with 96 points.
Individually, the meet medalist were Cassie Copeland of Morgan with 29 points and Nelsonville’s John Wine with 23.5 points.
Two for the Tanks: Both the Unioto boys and girls took first-place in this year’s invite at Zane Trace High School. For the Sherman Tanks on the boys’ team, David Nace won both the shot and discus to lead the way, and on the girls’ side, Liza Elliott did the same. As for the track medalist, Piketon’s Caleb Southworth continued to dominate southeast competition, and for the girls, Adena’s Brandee Riley took the top individual honor.
Double Dipping: The softball squad from Buckeye Trail had a busy weekend as they played doubleheaders on both Friday and Saturday. On Friday, it was Meadowbrook sweeping BT, but the Lady Warriors rebounded with a sweep over Barnesville 7-0 and 10-6. In game one, the story was Jessie Bates as she struck out 12 Barnesville batters to record the win. In the second game, Becky Streiff recorded the win on the mound with five strikeouts.
A Pair for the Pirates: Wheelersburg took both the boys’ and girls’ team titles at this year’s Piketon Relays. On the boys’ side, the Pirates won four events highlighted by a the 4 X 100 Relay team of Tyler Craigmiles, Zane Whitley, Julian Silvey, and Corbin Bays who posted a meet record time of 44.9 seconds. Piketon’s Caleb Southworth was the meet medalist. In the girls’ scoring, the Lady Pirates posted six winners including three meet records.
Hits Hard to Come By: In the Southern Ohio Conference this week, there were several teams involved in no-hitters. First in softball, Portsmouth Clay’s Lindsey Mader threw a no-no against New Boston. Michelle Staley of Wheelersburg blanked rival Waverly in the hit column to lead her Lady Pirates to a win. Megan Williams of Sciotoville East continued the no-hitter theme as she no-hit Green in a 10-0, five-inning win for the Lady Tartans.
In baseball, it was SOC member Eastern on the wrong side of the no-hitter as Paint Valley’s Ben Krech fired a no-hitter. Despite walking eight Eagles, Krech struck out 12 to lead his Bearcats to a 7-0 opening night win.
Bulldogs Battle Back to Beat Belpre: In this week’s early-season Tri Valley Conference battle, the Belpre Eagles led defending conference champion Athens 5-1, but a six-run sixth inning lifted the green and gold to an 8-5 win. Colton Noftz was outstanding in relief tossing four shutout innings to earn the win.
Familiar Faces Start Hot in TVC Hocking: Both Eastern Meigs and Racine Southern started 2010 this week the same way the dominate pair have performed over the past several seasons…with league wins. Eastern hammered Miller 21-1 behind a dominate pitching performance from Titus Pierce, and the Tornadoes defeated Trimble 12-2 behind a solid outing from Michael Manuel on the hill and a big day at the plate for Jordan Taylor.
Barnesville Coach Earns 100th Win: Coach D.J. Butler recorded career wins 100 and 101 with his team’s sweep of Bellaire this past weekend. Barnesville took the opener 9-2 and then won the second game 12-2. On a positive note, the Shamrocks received solid pitching only giving up four runs and enjoyed success at the plate with 21 runs on 20 hits in two games; however, Barnesville did commit a total of nine errors in the two wins.
Early Bird Dominated By Devils: St. Clairsville put their incredible depth of athletes on display this weekend at the annual track meet at Bellaire. The Lady Devils posted an incredible 169 points which proved to be 41 points better than second-place Union Local. As for the boys’s squad, the Devils were tested a little more, but they still managed a 26-point win over runner-up Martins Ferry. St. Clairsville’s winning boys’ score was 146.
Barnesville vs. Shadyside, Baseball and Softball, Monday, April 5th & Wednesday, April 7th, 5 p.m. The two teams meet two times in three days with Monday’s battle at Barnesville and Wednesday’s game at Shadyside.
Wheelersburg vs. Lucasville Valley, Baseball, Wednesday, April 7th, Lucasville Valley High School, 5 p.m. This week’s top two teams will meet mid-week for what should be a dandy SOC showdown.
Piketon vs. Adena, Softball, Adena High School, Friday, April 9th, 5 p.m. First week of conference play or not, this game will go a long way in determining the Scioto Valley Conference champion. Adena’s Crystal Detty and Piketon Shella Zimmerman are sure to make runs tough to come by in this SVC showdown.
Jackson vs. Athens, Baseball, Athens High School, Friday, April 9th, 5 p.m. Two solid programs meet in what is now a non-league battle, but it rekindles an old SEOAL rivalry.
Zanesville vs. Cambridge, Baseball, Cambridge High School, Friday, April 9th, 5 p.m. Solid non-league match-up as two good programs get together for a game that could play a big role in sectional seeding later this spring.