County teams open season in style


By Chris Miles - cmiles@civitasmedia.com



Jonathan Alder’s Dalton Minor, left, tags out a Wheelersburg baserunner during the Pioneers season opening victory Saturday at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe.


Jay Gehres | Gehres Photography

The high school spring sports season got started Saturday, March 26 under blue skies and unseasonable warm weather.

It wasn’t all post-game hugs and smiles for the Madison County baseball teams, but it was a pretty good opening day for most of the teams.

Jonathan Alder 5,

Wheelersburg 3

The Pioneers (1-0) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as they rallied for a season opening win in a game played at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe Saturday.

Wheelersburg lead 2-1 before Alder tied it up in the home half of the fourth. The Pioneers fell behind 3-2 in the top of the sixth before its game-winning rally.

Tanner Killian went the distance on the hill picking up the win.

London 11,

Northland 8

The Red Raiders (2-0) banged out 13 hits in building up a 11-1 lead before cruising to the season opening win at Northland Saturday.

Tristan Maynard earned the win on the mound. The Vikings didn’t help their cause as they committed six errors.

London 14,

Northland 4

An eight-run second inning helped propel London to a run-rule victory in the second game. Mason Weimer was the winning pitcher for the Red Raiders.

Madison-Plains 7,

East Clinton 2

Madison-Plains 4,

East Clinton 3

The Golden Eagles (2-0) opened up the season in fine fashion, sweeping a pair of games from the visiting Comets Saturday.

Nate Jeffers and AJ Straight combined to limit the visitors to just four hits in the opener. Jeffers picked up the win and Straight collected the save. In the second contest it was Grant Doty who hooked up with Straight to earn the Plains win. Doty gave five solid innings and Straight closed out the contest.

“It was nice to start the season off with sweeping a doubleheader,” Madison-Plains High School coach Zach Durban said. “I was very pleased with our pitching performances today. Both Nate Jeffers and Grant Doty gave outstanding efforts. AJ Straight was outstanding in relief in both games earning his first two saves of the year.

“We challenged their hitters all day and had solid team defense to support their efforts on the mound. Our offense was steady, but we have some room for improvement. It will be important going forward that we have quality at-bats throughout the lineup. The number of runners left on base and strikeouts must improve as we prepare for the league schedule.

Jake Vallery and Jeffers were the Eagles top offensive performers. Each had multiple hits and RBI between the two games.

Zane Trace 11,

West Jefferson 1

The Roughriders (0-1) struggled in their season opener played Saturday at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe.

Jonathan Alder’s Dalton Minor, left, tags out a Wheelersburg baserunner during the Pioneers season opening victory Saturday at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/03/web1_JDG_9674a_-JAHS-Dalton-Minor.jpgJonathan Alder’s Dalton Minor, left, tags out a Wheelersburg baserunner during the Pioneers season opening victory Saturday at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe. Jay Gehres | Gehres Photography

By Chris Miles

cmiles@civitasmedia.com

Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.

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