UNION CITY — Newton improved to 8-5 Thursday with a dominant performance at Mississinawa Valley, winning 12-2 in Cross County Conference play.
Wade Ferrell went the distance on the mound to earn the win — and he got into the fun on offense, as well, with a straight steal of home plate.
CASSTOWN — Austin Rutledge allowed only two hits in five innings and Miami East won for the second time this season with a 13-1 run-rule victory over Ansonia Wednesday.
Cam Coomes was 4-for-4 with a double, Scot Kirby was 3-for-4, Braxton Donaldson was 2-for-4 and Rutledge and Vernon Mitchell were both 2-for-3 as the Vikings pounded out 16 hits in the game.
Miami East travels to Tri-County North Friday.
win in romp
SIDNEY — The Lehman girls spotted Fairlawn four runs in the top of the first, but bounced back with seven in the bottom of the inning and went on to run-rule the Lady Jets 20-6 in non-league action between county rivals in high school softball action.
Lehman goes to 6-3 with the win.
Brogan McIver and Melanie Brunner had two hits apiece for the Lady Cavs.
UNION CITY — After a narrow 4-3 victory over Wayne at home on Wednesday, the Newton softball team went on the road Thursday and routed Mississinawa Valley 10-4 in Cross County Conference play, leading up to a big non-league contest at Troy Friday.
Against Wayne, Kylee Fisher had two RBIs and McKell Deaton and Haley Pack each had one as the Indians scored three runs on six consecutive fifth-inning bunts — two of them squeeze plays. Laura Oaks got the win on the mound, striking out three and allowing seven hits, one walk and one hit-batter.
And against Mississinawa Valley, Mallory Dunlevy was 2-for-4, hitting her first home run and driving in two runs. Maddie Mollette was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Oaks was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple and Fisher was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Kristen Rappold pitched the first three innings, striking out six and allowing one hit and no walks, and Dunlevy pitched the final four, striking out seven and allowing three hits and four walks.
WEST ALEXANDRIA — The Covington softball team plated five in the top of the first to take control and then five more in the fifth to seal it, defeating Twin Valley South 13-5 Wednesday in Cross County Conference play.
Emma Dammeyer was 2-for-4 with a triple, Arianna Richards was 2 for 3 and Chelsea Ford was 2-for-2 to lead the offense. Brooke Gostomsky got the win on the mound, striking out one and giving up three hits in four innings of work, while Kara Schaffer gave up one hit in the final three innings.
Covington (15-2) travels to Troy Saturday.
win big in MAC
FORT RECOVERY – The Versailles softball team moved its record above .500 by run ruling Fort Recovery 16-1 in five innings on Thursday.
Versailles out-hit Fort Recovery 14 to five in the game and committed no errors while Fort Recovery made four.
“Over I was very pleased with how they played,” Versailles softball coach Mechelle Heitkamp said of her team’s play. “They adjusted well to the different pitcher, ran the bases well, and I thought our defense was pretty solid today.”
Lauren Heitkamp earned the win for Versailles as she pitched the complete game, allowing one run on five hits, no walks and six strikeouts.
Kami McEldowney led the Versailles offense with three hits, going 3-for-4 with a double, a RBI.
Aimee Powell went 2-for-3 and was hit by a pitch, collecting a home run, a double, two RBIs. Cori Lawrence went 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Lauren Heitkamp was 2-for-3 with a double.
Ashlee Voisard had three RBIs, while Sarah Gigandet, Brynna Blakeley and Danielle Poor all had one RBI.