Clermont County teams fared very well in the opening round of the sectional baseball and fast pitch softball tournaments.
Amelia avenged a regular season loss to Glen Este by surprising the Trojans 9-4 in a Division I game that took place at Midland Field. Tyler Feine tossed a five-hitter for the Barons. Jerry Neeley was the losing pitcher. For the Blue and White, Garrett Hounshell had two hits, scored twice, and drove in four runs, Michael Stevens had three hits, scored twice, and drove in two runs, and Joe McCarty had two hits and two runs batted in. For the Purple and White, Randy Jones had two hits.
Batavia knocked Norwood from out of the tournament 6-2. Brandon Randolph was the winning pitcher. Andrew Gullion had three hits for the Bulldogs, Alex Fisler had two hits and two runs batted in, and J. D. Little hit in two teammates.
Bethel-Tate was blanked by Indian Hill 8-0 at Princeton High School in Division II play. The Tigers were held to just one hit. Mike Taylor took the loss on the hill.
Goshen won in Division II, too. Kevin Hornsby's grand slam home run in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Red and Gray an 8-4 verdict over Taylor's Yellow Jackets on the Lakota Freshman Field. Chris Ashcraft was the victorious moundman. Darren Garrett and Thomas Gibson added two base raps apiece to the winning offense.
New Richmond fractured Finneytown 14-4 in a five-inning Division II game played at Lakota West High School. Sam Perkins was the winning pitcher allowing the Wildcats just four hits. Justin Wilson had four hits and five runs batted in for the Lions, Daniel Garbett had three hits and four runs batted in, Kenny Roberts two hits and two runs batted in, and Jeff Case and Cody Highlander added two hits each to the winning efforts.
Williamsburg scored one run in the bottom of the seventh inning to nip Middletown Christian 4-3 in Division IV action. Ryan Penny was the winning thrower. The Wildcats' offense was powered by Justin Hines who had three hits and drove in two runs and John Pope who scored twice.
Amelia climbed all over Western's Hills 13-3 in six innings in Division I action at Fairfield High School. Kalen Deardorff limited the Mustangs to just three hits. Julie Ell paced the Barons' offense with four hits, three runs scored, and two runs batted in, Kelly Madigan had three hits and drove in two runs, Lehn had two hits and scored twice, and Shelby Madden had two base raps.
Batavia, behind Jamie Bare's one-hit pitching, ousted Finneytown 6-1 in a Division III contest played on the winner's diamond. Bare assisted herself with two hits, Tara Thieryoung had three hits and plated two teammates, and Brittney Cook had two hits.
Clermont Northeastern easily destroyed Norwood 21-0 in a Division II tilt played at CNE. Erin O'Connor fired a one-hitter. Kara Johnson had three hits, scored four times, and drove in three mates to pace the Rockets' offense, Dawn Rapp had three hits and scored each time, and Jamee Boyd batted in two runs.
Felicity routed Ripley 5-0 as Sam Ladenburger hurled a one-hitter. The Division III battle was played on the Cardinals' field. Ladenburger outhit the entire opposition with three hits of her own and Elizabeth White and Megan Taylor had two hits apiece.
Goshen burned Roger's Bacon 3-0. Stephanie Gibson was the triumphant pitcher in the Division II encounter played on the loser's diamond,
Milford was edged by Anderson 2-1 in eight innings in a Division I thriller played at Mason High School. Emily Poynter surrendered just two hits to the Redskins in the unfortunate loss.
New Richmond was eliminated by Blanchester 6-1 in Division II action on the Lions' turf. Kelsey Long was the losing tosser. Megan Troxell and Kelsey Cornett each had two base knocks for the Red and Black.
Williamsburg opened Division IV action on their turf with a 12-2 five-inning whipping of Ridgeville Christian. Kelsi Hall, who tossed a two-hitter, matched the foe's entire hit total by herself. Becky Taggert helped the Wildcats with three hits, Jill Ridener, Kayla Scott, and Heather Brown each had two base raps.