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Buccs pick up 12-2 CCC win

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PITSBURG — The Covington baseball team defeated Franklin Monroe 12-2 Tuesday in CCC play.

For Covington, Nathan Blei went the distance to pick up the win. He struck out eight and walked three.

James Grilliot went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs while Jarred Williams went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs.

Mason Dilley and Kenney Atkinson both connected for two base hits, with Dilley recording a double.

Smith blanks

Miami East

BRADFORD – A strong pitching performance from Parker Smith and a game-winning run by Mason Justice gave the Bradford baseball team a 1-0 Cross County Conference win against Miami East on Tuesday.

Bradford scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the ninth. Justice hit a one-out single then stole second and advanced to third on a single by Andy Branson. He then scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch.

Bradford out-hit Miami East five to two on Tuesday. Neither team committed an error.

Justice went 1-for-4, stole a base and scored the game’s only run. Walker Branson was 1-for-2 with a walk, Bryson Canan was 1-for-3, and Andy Branson and Smith both went 1-for-4.

Smith pitched the complete nine innings, allowing no runs on just two hits, one walk, one hit batter and seven strikeouts.

Bradford improved to 9-9 overall 3-7 in the CCC with the win.

Russia wins

at Fifth-Third

DAYTON — The Russia Raiders cruised to a run-rule victory, beating Allen East 10-1 in five innings in a non-league high school baseball game played Tuesday night at the home of the Dayton Dragons, Fifth Third Field.

The Raiders go to 12-8 on the season. Allen East is 11-8.

After East scored a run in the top of the first, Russia came back with two in the first and went on to score in every inning, including four in the fourth.

Jonah Counts singled and tripled for the Raiders, who outhit East 12-4. Zach Sherman singled and doubled, Dion Puthoff had two singles, and Jordan Swartz also had a double. Sherman drove in three runs and Drew Sherman and Hunter Cohee two apiece. Counts, Puthoff and Connor Monnin all scored twice.

Kevin Drees went all five innings on the mound, striking out one and walking one.

Tigers blank


VERSAILLES – Versailles shut out Delphos St. John’s 3-0 in a Midwest Athletic Conference baseball game on Tuesday.

Versailles scored one run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings while holding St. John’s scoreless. The Tigers had four hits and one error while the Blue Jays had six hits and one error.

Keaton McEldowney led the Versailles offense by going 2-for-3 with a double, a run and a RBI. Cole Niekamp was 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a RBI. Kurtis Rutschilling also was 1-for-3. Jared Niekamp walked once, stole a base and scored a run. Collin Peters also scored a run.

Jacob Heitkamp earned the win as he pitched six innings, allowing no runs on five hits, no walks and five strikeouts. Austin Knapke picked up the save by pitching one scoreless inning, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out one.

Versailles improved to 14-4 overall and 6-1 in the MAC with the win while St. John’s fell to 8-10 overall and 1-6 in the MAC.


Lady Buccs

rally for win

PITSBURG — The Covington softball team needed a late rally to put away Franklin Monroe in Cross County Conference play Tuesday, scoring the game-winning run in the sixth and then a pair of insurance runs in the seventh to lock up a 7-5 victory.

Kara Schaffer and Lexie Long were both 3 for 4 with a double, Ashley Cecil was 2 for 4 with a triple and Arianna Richards had a hit as Covington (19-3) outhit Franklin Monroe 9-7 in the game.

Brooke Gostomsky got the win on the mound, going the distance and striking out four.

Covington travels to Celina Saturday.

Lady Roaders

top Miami East

BRADFORD – The Bradford softball team celebrated senior night on Tuesday with a 13-3 victory against Miami East for seniors Tori Smith, Lindsey Haines and Ciara Yohey.

Miami East scored all three of its runs in the top half of the first inning.

Alyssa Francis had two RBIs in the inning.

Amanda Brewer had a three-run homer for Bradford in the second as the Lady Roaders took a 5-3 lead.

Haley Rosengarten, Lindsey Haines and Brewer had RBI singles in the third as Bradford stretched the lead to 10-3.

Rosengarten added a double in the fourth and stole home to make it 11-3.

In the fifth, Yohey had a walkoff two-run single to make the final 13-3.

Lady Cavs

rally for win

JACKSON CENTER — Lehman was down 4-3 after an inning but got three in the second and went on from there to a 10-4 win over Jackson Center Tuesday.

The Lady Cavs are 9-8 and Jackson 5-8.

Lehman’s Hailey Wick threw a no-hitter. Jackson scored four times in the first thanks to walks. Wick fanned six and walked five.

Amanda Titterington had four hits for Lehman, Grace Monnin singled, doubled and homered, Sidney Chapman doubled, Alli Hall singled and doubled, and Grace Brandt had a single and two doubles.

• Lehman also won over Botkins 24-3 on Monday. Hall had two singles and a triple, Carly Edwards two hits, and Monnin a double.

Lady Cats

break records

HOUSTON — School softball records are having a real tough time holding up at Houston this season.

Just a few days after Micalah Hensley set two new records, teammate Macey Stang set another one in action Tuesday night against Anna, which ended with the Lady Wildcats winning 9-2.

Stang had two hits, including a double, and those two brought her career total to 142, which breaks the previous mark set by Heidi Taviano, whose career at the school ended in 2009.

And for good measure, Hensley broke her own school record for career home runs with a three-run shot in the fourth inning that opened up a 4-0 lead for the Lady Wildcats.

Houston improved to 13-6 on the year and Anna fell to 7-10.

Also for Houston, Addie White had three hits, including a double, and scored twice. And both winning pitcher Kayla New and Sarah Monnier singled and doubled.

Bailey Luthman doubled for Anna.

New finished with a four-hitter.

Buccs pick up 12-2 CCC win