Monday roundup: LHS baseball eyes title
By Gregg Rettig
The London baseball team’s 5-0 victory over visiting Greenfield McClain on Monday night served two purposes.
First of all, it kept the Red Raiders on top of Hillsboro by two games in the South Central Ohio League with two league games to go. Hillsboro lost 2-0 to Miami Trace on Monday, meaning the Red Raiders can do no worse than tie for the championship. However, you know they want it outright.Secondly, London avenged its only SCOL loss of the season, a 2-1 defeat at McClain.
The Red Raiders (14-2, 9-1) will travel to Hillsboro Wednesday with a chance to win their first SCOL championship ever in baseball. The last Red Raider league championship came in 1996 when they were members of the Buckeye Athletic Conference.
“I know it’s an old saying, but we really do just play one game at a time,” London coach Jimmy Wolverton said. “We’ve been preaching that since day one.”
London pitcher Zach Carey was outstanding once again Monday. The Red Raider sophomore pitched a complete-game, 3-hitter, while striking out nine.
“He threw strikes and we played defense behind him,” Wolverton said.
Licking Heights 13,
West Jefferson 6
The West Jefferson baseball team lost a Mid-State League/Cardinal Division game on Monday to visiting Licking Heights.
West Jefferson 11,
Licking Heights 4
The West Jefferson softball team kept its Mid-State League/Cardinal Division hopes alive Monday with a league victory over visiting Licking Heights.
“It was great league win for us,” Roughriders coach Jim Stevens said.
West Jefferson plated seven runs in the sixth inning.
“Everybody hit tonight,” Stevens said.
The ’Riders finished with 15 hits and are now 15-4, 10-1.
While the Greenfield McClain softball team is in first place in the South Central Ohio League, London has given the Tigers all they can handle twice.
McClain beat London, 2-0, on Monday night to improve to 16-3, 9-0. The Red Raiders dropped to 3-13, 1-9.
“London has played us tougher than any other team in the league,” Tiger coach Jarrod Haines said.
McClain pitcher Cierra Landrum struck out eight.
“She was lights out tonight,” her coach said.