LIMA — Lehman and Lima Perry played a league doubleheader in Northwest Central Conference softball action Wednesday, and the Lady Cavs won easily in both.
In the 17-0 first game, Grace Monnin doubled and homered, Sidney Chapman had four hits, with three of them doubles, Grace Brandt had two singles and a triple, Camille Odle singled and tripled, and Angela Brunner singled and doubled.
In the second game, which ended 15-5, Brandt singled and tripled, Monnin singled and doubled, and Brogan McIver and Amanda Titterington both singled twice.
get CCC win
BRADFORD — For four innings it was a typical Covington – Bradford softball game, tightly contested with stingy defense leading to timely outs.
Covington scored a run in the first and another in the fourth to take a 2-0 lead and Bradford cut the advantage in half with a run in the bottom of the fourth. It was a pitching and defensive dual as Covington’s Kenzie Long and Bradford’s Tatyana Cotrell kept opposing hitters off balance and the defensives behind them made play-after-play with runners in scoring position.
It was a matter of which team could break through for a big inning and that’s what Covington did in the top of the fifth by scoring five runs – the final run coming on a solo home run by senior Lexie Long.
Covington then increased its cushion with a run in the sixth and another in the seventh to push its lead to 9-1 with Bradford coming to the plate for its final at bat.
And Bradford, who was playing inspired softball in honoring its four seniors on Senior Night, gave it a great effort in an attempt to pull off the miraculous comeback. It scored two runs and had a pair of runners on with one out – the one out being a key play at short by Sarah Hubbard, who threw a Railroader out at second from her back after diving for a ground ball.
With Bradford threatening for more runs, Kenzie Long gathered a slow grounder up the middle and threw to first for the second out and followed by recording a strikeout for the final out of the game and a 9-3 Covington win.
Long recorded the win as she went the distance in the circle. She struck out five and walked just two while only giving up four hits.
Cotrell, who threw very well, went five and two-thirds of an inning before surrendering to Holly Rosengarten. The Bradford pitching duo combined to strike out five batters and walk five.
Covington hit the ball well with 17 hits as a team, but left 12 runners stranded in the contest.
to CCC victory
ANSONIA — The Newton softball team knocked off Ansonia 11-1 in five innings in CCC play Wednesday.
Kristen Rappold and Erin Norman combined on a five-hitter, striking out seven and walking two.
Rappold was 3-for-3 with one RBI, while Norman was 2-for-3 with a double.
Brooke Deeter was 2-for-3 with two doubles and one RBI, Kylee Fisher was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Haley Pack had a home run and two RBIs.
Newton is 16-5 overall and 10-2 in the CCC.
FORT LORAMIE — The difference from the first time Houston and Fort Loramie met in softball to the second meeting on Wednesday can only be described as dramatic.
The two teams met back on April 10 at Houston and the final score was 19-18 in Houston’s favor.
When they met again at Loramie Wednesday, the only run of the game came home in the bottom of the seventh to give the Lady Redskins a 1-0 upset win.
The win not only gave Fort Loramie a 6-4 mark in conference play, it also gave the idle Russia Lady Raiders a share of the County title. Russia is 9-0 in the league and Houston is now 7-3, so Russia has a three-game lead with three to play.
The game had a dramatic ending when, with one out in the last of the seventh, winning pitcher Aleah Frilling hit a walk-off home run.
Frilling went all seven innings and scattered seven hits, while striking out four and walking none.
She outdueled Houston’s Brooklyn Felver, who also pitched well. She allowed six hits and struck out six with no walks.
For Houston, Jenna Jarrett and Emilee Foster both had two singles.