It may ultimately go down as a simple speed bump in the middle of a championship season, but the Jonathan Alder baseball team appears to be over the three-game slump that plagued it last week.
The Pioneers (8-3, 3-3) won their second straight game, this one a 5-0 shutout of visiting neighbor Fairbanks on Tuesday, April 22.
Alder starter Mitchell Eye spun a three-hit shutout of the Panthers (4-8). Not only did he have his collection of pitches working, Eye was also a beast at the plate going 3 for 3 with a pair of RBI.
Scott Peters also had a pair of his for the Pioneers.
The team will travel to Fairbanks on Friday, April 25 for another Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference tilt.
The Pioneers also play in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 25, at Bishop Watterson. They’ll meet the host Eagles at 11 a.m. and then will tangle with Russell (Ky.) in the second game at 1 p.m.
Marion Pleasant 12,
Shekinah Christian 2
A big third inning by visiting Marion Pleasant was all it needed to knock off host Shekinah Christian on Tuesday, April 22.
The visiting Spartans plated a run in the first inning, exploded for seven runs in the third and added four more in the fourth for good measure.
Trent Helmuth was 2 for 3 with an RBI, while Thomas Miller was 2 for 2 with a double and a triple in the loss.
Christian Bender suffered the loss on the hill for the Flames after allowing four earned runs, two hits and three walks in his two innings of work.
Jonathan Alder 4,
Bishop Ready 0
The Lady Pioneers (13-1) made it a baker’s dozen when it comes to consecutive wins with a 4-0 shutout of visiting Bishop Ready on Tuesday, April 22.
Alder’s 13th straight victory, featured a four-hit combined gem from pitchers Andi Blankenship and Mady Watson. Blankenship got the start and pitched until the seventh inning where Watson came in to close out the Silver Knights.
Coach Dave McGrew’s team will next play at Fairbanks on Friday, April 25. The game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
North Union 13,
West Jefferson 3
The Roughriders (10-3) stepped out of league play and suffered a disappointing home loss to North Union on Tuesday, April 22.
The Wildcats (7-2) jumped all over West Jeff starter Annie Haenszel in the pivotal fourth inning, where the visitors scored a total seven runs. North Union in a pair of home runs in the game.
West Jeff tried to answer the big inning with their own rally, but it could only score three runs in the home half of the fourth. Andrea Fulton hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth for the Roughriders.
The team which still sports a perfect 6-0 record in Mid-State League Ohio Division play will get back into league play on Friday, April 25, when it hosts Worthington Christian at 5:15 p.m. The Roughriders sleepwalked through the first meeting between the schools this season escaping with a 10-9 win.
The Golden Eagles (7-5) scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and then held on for dear life in securing a non-league win over the visiting Panthers (7-7) on Tuesday, April 22.
Courtney Davis picked up the win in the circle allowing seven hits over her seven innings. The biggest concern for Plains’ coach Kevin Stockham might be the fact that his team committed eight errors in the game.
Plains will welcome in Whitehall at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, April 25.
Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 18 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.