Two teams entered Monday night’s Mid-State League Ohio Division tilt with flawless league marks, but only the Lady Roughriders of West Jefferson could hold that honor and sole possession of first place following their 9-4 victory over visiting Worthington Christian.
The Roughriders (6-3, 4-0) handed the Warriors (11-1, 4-1) their first loss of the season and continues to gain confidence.
“The girls knew the importance of playing at the top of their game tonight,” coach Jim Stevens said. “They knew to be the only undefeated team in our league they had to go out and play their hardest to get this win.
“It was a whole team effort tonight in the win. They hit the ball well and Isabelle Fisher threw a great game. They know we have to continue to just take it one game at a time.”
West Jeff collected nine hits and Fisher limited the hard-hitting squad from Worthington Christian to just three hits. She was able to stay on top of her game despite the ‘Riders committing five errors.
The win over Christian comes on the heels of a weekend split with D-I area standout Olentangy Liberty. West Jeff dropped a 9-6 decision but battled back for a 11-5 victory.
“We hit the ball very well in those two games,” Stevens said.
West Jeff combined for 24 hits in the Saturday doubleheader.
Jonathan Alder 6,
North Union 4
It’s too early in the season for win-or-your-season-is-over scenarios, but the Lady Pioneers of Jonathan Alder were staring right at a situation where a league title could have been a lost cause with a loss to North Union Monday.
But the Lady Pioneers (10-2, 6-1) picked up a much needed 6-4 win to stay very much in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division race.
Alder dropped a 2-0 decision earlier this season to North Union, so another loss to the Wildcats could have all but eliminated the Pioneers from championship contention. But the veteran bunch, playing back with its full allotment of players earned the important victory.
“This was massive,” Alder coach Dave McGrew said of the win. “You can’t go 0-2 against that team and then play the hope they lose the game. We knew what we had to do and our kids went out there and executed.”
The big win actually was a byproduct of what occurred early Saturday afternoon when Alder knocked off defending D-I state champion Teays Valley. Winning that game boosted the confidence level of all the players, including a pair who missed the first portion of the season for various reasons.
“We beat a D-I state championship winning pitcher and a very good team, that definitely got us ready for North Union.
“We’ve struggled to hit the ball against them, but we made some adjustments and had the girls looking for their pitch. If they got it go after it. That worked out really well. We didn’t have that guessing, off-balance, weight forward, what’s coming swing, we were much more aggressive that we’ve been against them.”
The Pioneers banged out 11 hits in the win.
“If we lose that game, it wouldn’t have been the end of the world, but it probably would’ve been the end of winning the league which is our first big goal of the season,” the coach said.
Whitehall 0 (5 innings)
The Golden Eagles (8-5, 4-2) stayed within a couple games of first place in the MSL Ohio with an easy win over host Whitehall Monday.
Courtney Davis spun a masterful complete game one-hitter and Tori Bevington hit a two-run home run to give Plains the win. The Eagles scored seven runs in the top of the fifth inning to get the 10-run leaded needed for the run-rule to take effect.
Plains was coming off a productive weekend that saw them sweep a doubleheader from visiting Cedarville. They topped the Indians 10-0 and 12-8.
Bevington got the win on the mound in both weekend games. Madison-Plains High School combined to collect 27 hits in the two games. The Eagles scored 11 runs in the first two innings of the second game and held on after a late Cedarville rally.
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