By ROB HAMILTON
Highland had a strong week in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference softball games, as they topped three Blue Division opponents in improving to 4-4 on the season.
On Wednesday, Highland took a 4-1 win over Northmor in a home contest. The Scots scored four runs in the third inning and were able to hold off the Knights the rest of the way. Megan Oder won the game for the Scots, striking out six, walking one and pitching a three-hitter. Hailey Moore cracked a three-run homer in the third inning and also hit a double. Mikayla Robinson had two hits, including a double, while Oder helped her cause with a two-base hit.
For the Knights, Lydia Farley had two hits. She provided her team’s run with a solo homer in the sixth frame. Whitney Clever struck out two and walked one to be the pitcher of record for her team, giving up six hits in the game.
The Scots then one-hit the Mount Gilead Indians in taking a 9-0 win, also at home, on Thursday. Oder struck out 15 and walked one to take the win.
Highland finished with 11 hits offensively, with Oder having four and Moore and Harlee Steck both cracking two. Moore had a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
For the Indians, Keirston Pangborn broke up Oder’s no-hit bid with a two-out single in the final inning.
On Friday, the Scots traveled to Ridgedale and won by a 5-0 margin. Oder and Moore combined to strike out 12 and walk two.
Offensively, the team had 10 hits, with Oder having a double and two singles, Carley Gahm tallying a double and single, Hannah Coffee cracking two singles and Moore hitting a double.
Saturday saw the Scots split a doubleheader with East Knox, winning the first game 10-0 before losing the second by a 10-6 margin.
In the first game, Oder struck out 10 and helped her cause with a three-run homer and single. Moore added four hits, including a three-run homer and a double. Also, Gahm had two hits.
The second game saw Moore strike out eight, but also walk seven and give up 10 hits. The Scots led 4-1 after the opening inning, but watched their opponent score three runs in both the third and fourth innings to take a 7-5 lead. The Bulldogs then added three more in the seventh to pull away.
Moore had a two-run homer and a single, while Robinson added a double and two singles and Oder picked up two more hits.
Mount Gilead Indians
Mount Gilead broke into the win column on Friday when they topped Northmor 5-3 in a road contest. The Indians scored two in the top of the first, but surrendered two in the second to tie things up at 2-2. However, MG scored three in the fourth and made that hold up the rest of the way to claim the win.
Rachael Groves picked up with win, striking out six and walking four, while Sarah Moodispaugh got the save, working out of a bases loaded jam with no outs in the seventh inning. Moodispaugh also had two hits for the Indians.
Northmor’s Whitney Clever picked up the loss, striking out two and walking five. Both Lydia Farley and Kayla Penney had two hits.
The Indians split a Saturday doubleheader with Delaware Christian. They dropped the first game 6-4, as they gave up six straight runs after the Indians scored two in the top of the first. Raygan Walters had a double for the team, while Keirston Pangborn, Alexis Clark and Maddie Bell all had two hits.
In the second game, the Indians took a 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth with a two-run inning and held on for a 3-2 win to improve to 2-5. Moodispaugh struck out seven and walked two to claim the win, while Walters had a double and single to lead the team offensively.
Rob Hamilton may be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 204.
Submitted by Tod Brininger
The Cardington Pirates swept a doubleheader from Riverdale last Saturday.
In the first game, it was tightly contested throughout, with the Pirates pulling it out in the bottom of the last inning. Riverdale scored in the first inning on three consecutive singles to open the game. The Pirates tied it 1-1 in the second when Alyson Adams singled, moved to second on a single by Aubrey Clark, and scored on a single by Brooke Snyder.
The Pirates took the lead in the third inning, with Jane Perry starting off with a single. Perry stole second, and moved to third on a single by Khyla Jones. Jones stole second, and Perry then scored on a single by Kirsten Dever. Jones scored on a fielders choice by Adams, and Dever scored on a single by Clark to give the Pirates a 4-1 lead. The Pirates began the fourth with Summer Morgan singling, and Samantha Brininger pushing her to third with a single. Brininger stole second base, and Perry knocked Morgan in with a single. Brininger scored on a single by Dever, giving the Pirates a 6-1 lead going into the fifth.
Riverdale scored four unearned runs in the fifth, helped by two errors to start the inning, followed by two walks, and another error. Riverdale took the lead in the sixth with two singles and a double, and went into the bottom of the seventh with a 7-6 lead. The Pirates tied the game on a home run by Adams. Clark reached base on an error, stole second base, and moved to third on a sacrifice by Snyder. Clark scored the winning run on a passed ball. Snyder was the winning pitcher. Perry led the team with three hits, while Brininger, Dever, Adams, Clark, and Snyder each had two. Jones, Cass Starkey, and Morgan each had one.
The Pirates swept the DH with an 8-3 win in the second game. After a scoreless first by Ridgedale, Brininger began the bottom half with a walk. She promptly stole second and third base, and scored on a single by Perry. Perry stole second base, and moved to third on a passed ball. Dever walked and stole second base. Perry scored on a groundout by Adams, and Dever scored on a passed ball to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
The Pirates added four more in the bottom of the second. Clark started the inning with a single, and Mason Disterdick followed with another single. Brininger doubled both home, and then stole third base. Perry walked, and stole second. Dever singled up the middle to score both. Riverdale scored on third singles in the fourth to make it 7-1. The Pirates answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Perry singled, stole second base, and was moved to third by Jones. Jones stole second, and Perry scored on a groundout by Adams. Riverdale scored one run in each of the last two innings to make the final 8-3.
Dakota Crum was the winning pitcher for Cardington. Brininger had two doubles, and Perry had two hits. Jones, Dever, Adams, Clark, and Disterdick each had one hit.
The Pirates returned to action on Tuesday against Bishop Watterson. The Pirates never trailed and the action started in the bottom of the first. Brininger and Perry both singled to start the game. Brininger stole third and Perry stole second. Jones walked to load the bases. Adams walked to push Brininger across the plate. Perry and Jones both scored on passed balls to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
The Eagles scored in the top of the third with a single, walk, and an error. The Pirates answered back quickly in the bottom of the third. Dever reached on an error, and scored on a triple by Adams. Snyder followed with a double, and then scored on a single by Clark. After two more walks to Starkey and Disterdick, Clark scored on a sacrifice fly by Brininger to put the lead at 7-1. Watterson scored two in the top of the fourth with two singles, a walk, and an error. The Pirates answered again, when Dever singled, moved up on a passed ball, and scored on a single by Snyder to make it 8-3. Watterson scored two more in the 5th with a double and three singles.
The Pirates answered with one run, when Disterdick reached on a fielders choice, and Brininger doubled her home, leaving the score at 9-5 after five. The Pirates added insurance runs in the sixth with Dever, Adams, and Snyder hitting consecutive singles, Clark walking, and Starkey doubling in two runs, giving the Pirates a 13-5 lead. Watterson would add one run in the 7th, making the final 13-6.
The Cardington Pirates visited the Mount Gilead Indians on Wednesday. The Pirates started off the slugfest in the first when Brininger reached base on an error, and stole second base. Jones singled Brininger home, and Dever brought Jones home with a two-run home run to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
The Indians responded quickly as Raygan Walters hit the first of her three home runs as the lead-off batter. Maddie Bell doubled into right center, and was brought home by Keirston Pangborn, to leave the score at 3-2 Pirates going into the second inning. The Pirates plated four in the second beginning with Starkey being hit by a pitch. Crum courtesy ran for Starkey, stole second base and went to third on a throwing error. Morgan walked and stole second base. Brininger singled to plate Crum. Perry hit into a fielders choice to plate Morgan. Jones singled to score Brininger, and Dever hit a sacrifice fly to score Perry and make the score 7-2 Pirates.
The Indians were led off by a double by Kendra Howard. Mykaela Lupton singled to score Howard. The Pirates would not score in the top of the third. The Indians would score two on a walk and two errors by the Pirates to make it 7-5. Dever would hit her second home run in the top of the fourth to make it 8-5 Pirates. Walters responded with a solo shot of her own to make it 8-6.
The Pirates would score five in the top of the 5th. Clark walked and scored on a triple by Starkey. Morgan walked and stole second. Brininger singled both in. Brininger would steal second and third and score on an error. Jones would single, move to third on an error, and score on a fielders choice by Adams to put the Pirates up 13-6. The Indians would hit another solo home run by Sarah Moodispaugh to make it 13-7. The Pirates would answer back with Starkey reaching on a fielders choice and scoring on an error. The Indians would get closer on two walks, and Walters’ third home run of the game to make it 14-10.
The Pirates would finally break it open in the top of the seventh with five additional runs. A single by Jones and Dever, and a two-run single by Adams were followed with a walk to Clark, and Starkey hit both in with a double. Brininger then doubled Starkey in to make it 19-10. The Indians would not score in the bottom of the 7th.