BRADFORD — Houston banged out 12 hits and jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings en route to a surprising 11-2 rout of No. 2-seeded Riverside in a Division 4 Sectional softball final at Bradford Tuesday afternoon.
The win put Houston at 19-8 on the year and advanced the Lady Wildcats to the D-4 District championship on Friday at Piqua High School against Mechanicsburg at 5 p.m.
For Riverside, it was only the second loss of the season, and the Lady Pirates bow out with a final 23-2 record.
“I had a feeling going into the game that it was going to be low scoring because I’d watched Riverside’s scores this year and it looked like they were holding teams down with good pitching,” said Houston head coach Brent New. “I didn’t expect to score 11 runs on them, but our girls were aggressive right away and they stayed that way. And we had a couple girls who had been slumping who came out of it today.”
Houston jumped out to a six-run lead after two innings. In the top of the first, after one out, Sarah Monnier doubled and scored on Macey Stang’s double. Stang then swcored on a single by Kaytlyn Riffell for the early advantage.
An inning later, the Lady Wildcats broke it open with four more. Jenna Jarrett doubled ahead of a single by Rebekah New, and when Addie White’s sacrifice bunt was thrown away, both Jarrett and New scored. Micalah Hensley and Monnier then singled and the final run came home on a sacrifice fly by Kayla New.
Houston scored a run in the fourth to make it 7-0, then Riverside’s Marissa Davis belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth. But that waqs all the Lady Pirates could manage.
For Houston, Jarrett had three hits, with two of them being doubles. She was one of the Lady Wildcats in a slump recently.
Monnier had three hits, with a home run to go with a double and a single. Hensley had a single and a double, Stang and Grace Riffell both doubled, and Rebekah New had two RBIs.
win SCL title
SIDNEY — The Russia girls track and field team rolled to victory at the SCL track and field meet Friday night.
Russia won with 130 points, while Fort Loramie was second with 99.
Anna won the boys meet with 145.5 points, while Russia was second with 130.
Houston boys finished fifth and the girls were sixth.
Lauren Heaton had a perfect night to lead the Lady Raiders.
She swept the 100, 12.74; 200, 26.30; and 400, 58.14 and teamed with Grace York, Shaelynn Goubeaux and Maddie Monnin to win the 1,600 relay, 4:14.0.
Molly Kearns added a win in the 3,200, 11:31.8; while on Wednesday Kearns had teamed with York, Goubeaux and Megan Frazier to set a meet record in winning the 3,200 relay, 9:47.57.
Also on Wednesday, Houston’s Caity Falls won the high jump, 5-0.
Trevor Monnin led the Russia boys, sweeping the 200, 23.22; 400, 52.25; and teaming with Jack Moorman, Caleb Ball and Weston Lavy to win the 1,600 relay, 3:31.57.
Also winning for Russia were Cole Tebbe, 110 hurdles, 15.92; Caleb Ball, 800, 2:01.10; and the 800 relay (Trent Monnin, Moorman, Caleb Ball, Drew Poling), 1:35.96.
FORT RECOVERY — The Versailles boys and girls track and field teams finished second at the MAC track and field meet Friday night.
The boys race went to the wire.
Minster had 158.5 points and Versailles finished with 151.
Minster won the girls with 183.5 and Versailles was second with 112.
Josh Steinbrunner and Joe Spitzer led the Versailles boys.
Steinbrunner swept the 110 hurdles, 14.93; and 300 hurdles, 40.36.
Spitzer won the 1,600, 4:33.56; and 3,200, 10:03.0 after teaming with Trevor Noggle, Noah Pleiman and Brooks Blakeley to win the 3,200 relay Wednesday in 8:23.07.
Winning for Versailles girls were Haley Winner, 100, 12.83; Cassie Peters, 200, 27.55; the 400 relay (Cassie Peters, Ellen Peters, Jenna Frantz, Haley Winner), 52.15; and the 800 relay (Ellen Peters, Cassie Peters, Liz Watren, Haley Winner), 1:51.47.
On Wednesday, Frantz won the pole vault, 12-1; and Lindsey Didier won the discus, 102-6.