By Rob Hamilton
With three wins over the weekend, the Highland softball team improved to 8-2.
On Friday, they picked up a second win over Shelby, taking a 6-2 decision in a game they led the entire way after scoring one run in the top of the second.
Both Faith Geiger and Brooklyn Croy had a double and single in the game, while Abby Jordan and Emma West added doubles and Audrey Robinson finished with three hits. Stevie Asher struck out five and gave up five hits to earn the win.
The team picked up wins of 3-2 and 4-2 over Fredericktown on Saturday.
In the first game, the Scots broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the top of the seventh inning. Geiger tallied a triple and single in the game, while Guinevere Jackson added a double and Croy finished with two singles. Asher picked up another win, striking out 10, walked two and scattering eight hits.
The second game saw the Scots take a 3-0 lead and hold on for a two-run win. Geiger had a double, while Robinson mustered three singles and both Jackson and Asher added two. West earned the win. She struck out three, walked two and gave up six hits.
Cardington picked up a pair of wins on Saturday.
They topped Westfall by a 1-0 count, as Genevieve Longsdorf pitched a three-hit shutout. She struck out nine and walked two. Offensively, the Pirates had eight hits with both Mikayla Linkous and Ari Simpson contributing a pair of singles.
Cardington also beat Bishop Watterson 11-0. Longsdorf pitched a five-inning no-hitter, striking out 10. The Pirates registered 13 hits, including a triple by Simpson. Hailee Edgell had a double and single, while Dana Bertke and Longsdorf both added doubles. Linkous, Abby Hardwick and Emalee Artz all had two singles.
Northmor Golden Knights
Northmor topped Mount Gilead 20-0 in a Friday contest.
The team finished with 11 hits in the game, with Emily Zeger smacking a triple, Kate Kissling adding a double and single and Raelynn Fulk finishing with a double. Maddie Simpson tallied three singles and Mahalia Strobel finished with two.
Kissling also pitched a three-hitter for the win. She struck out five.
The Indians got a triple by Kennah Bump. She and Reza Benson handled pitching duties, striking out five and walking six.
The team then topped Loudonville by a 5-4 count on Saturday. Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the third, they got two runs in both that inning and the fourth and were able to hold on for the win.
Kissling finished with a double and single in the game. She also earned the win on the mound, striking out three and scattering nine hits.
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