It was a titanic confrontation between two fine Clermont County teams. Milford of the Greater Miami Conference finally nipped Amelia of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference in the bottom of the 16th inning to win 6-5.
John Benza was the winning pitcher and Spencer Cox took the loss in this second round Division I battle at Midland Field, Amelia. Benza aided his own cause by smashing a home run among his three hits.
Ryan Troehler and Steve Williams both had two hits apiece for the Eagles, Zach Chalupa scored two runs and Brian Holden drove in two runs. Brandon Dietrich had two hits for the Barons and Damien Santorelli scored two runs.
Milford made the Anderson Redskins its next victim by a 7-6 count. Ryan Fulton was the winning hurler as the Red and White outhit the Orange and Black seven to six. Benza maintained his hot bat by getting two more base hits.
Batavia outlasted Indian Hill 8-6 in an offensive barrage that saw the Bulldogs hit safely 17 times and the Braves hit safely 14 times in this second round Division II game that took place at Princeton High School. Kris Hecktor was the winning pitcher. Brandon Randolph had four hits for the Bulldogs, Eric Roberts had three, and Alex Fisler, Andrew Gullion, and J. D. Little had a couple of hits each.
Batavia was ejected in the third round by McNicholas 12-1. The Bulldogs were limited to just four hits in support of losing moundman Randolph.
Goshen won its second round contest, a 1-0 thrilling upset of highly-regarded Turpin. Chris Petry fired a five-hitter at the Spartans in the game played on the Lakota Freshman field. Thomas Gibson hit in the showdown's only run. Teammate Kyle Daulton had two hits.
Goshen was finally ousted from the tournament by Wyoming 6-5 in round three action. The clash was played at Lakota West High School. Kevin Hornsby was the losing pitcher. Darren Garrett and Cody Monk equally shared four hits for the Warriors. Hornsby helped himself by hitting in two of the Warriors.
In a modern war that consisted of a battle between Rockets, McNicholas brought down Clermont Northeastern 7-2 in Division II second round action. Despite Michael Jefferson striking out 10 McNick batters, he absorbed the setback. Battery mate Trace Voshell powered the CNE offense with a pair of base raps.
New Richmond could muster just three hits in support of losing pitcher Colt Highlander as the Lions were corraled by the Wyoming Cowboys 4-3. Highlander fanned 13 of the enemy and surrendered just four hits. Wilson's two base knocks paced the Red and Black's offense. This was a Division II second round game.
Williamsburg was finally eliminated with a second round Division IV defeat before the Seven Hills Stingers 10-7 in an encounter played on the winners' diamond. The Wildcats went down swinging for losing moundman Ryan Penny. Justin Hines clobbered a homer and drove in two teammates. Cameron Shaw hit in three more of the Blue and White with his two hits.
Felicity is Clermont County's the sole survivor on the expressway of tournament success.
The Cardinals won their second round Division III contest over arch-rival Bethel-Tate 4-2. The game was played on the winners' turf. Lindsey Barger surrendered just four hits to the Tigers. Kilgore was the losing hurler. Barger was in the forefront of her own offensive support by belting a home run. Cindy Galea had all but one of the Red and Gray's hits.
Madeira was the next victim of Felicity. The Red and White triumphed 4-2 at Lakota East High School. Sam Ladenburger gave up just two hits to the Mustangs. Barger's home run barrage continued with yet another roundtripper in this game. Amber McCann added two base knocks to the Cardinal cause.
Batavia crushed Cincinnati Hills Christian 12-0 in a Division III fray on the winners' diamond. Winning pitcher Jamie Bare struck out 10 of the Eagles while giving up just one hit. Tara Thieryoung had two hits and two runs batted in for the Green and White. Heather Harris lashed out two triples and scored both times, Samantha Ison hit in three teammates, Brittney Cook and Abby Jacob both had two hits and crossed the plate twice, and Lauren Wood had two hits.
Clermont Northeastern overpowered Goshen 5-0 in a Division II second round battle that took place on the Rockets' diamond. Erin Connor was the victorious hurler limiting the Warriors to three hits. Stephanie Gibson was the losing moundwoman. Dawn Rapp had two hits and scored both times to fuel the Blue and Gold's offensive surge. Kara Johnson and Sam Braley added two base raps each.
Ross eliminated Clermont Northeastern 10-0 in five innings in a game played at Amelia High School. Connor and her teammates were limited to just four base hits in support of her pitching effort.
Amelia was eliminated in the second round of Division I play. Lakota West bested the Barons 11-5 in a showdown played at Fairfield High School. Chelsea Ehemann was the losing pitcher. Alex Decker drove in two of the Blue and White's runs.
Several Clermont countians turned in respectable performances in sectional competition that took place at the ATP Tennis Center.
Amelia accumulated six victories in Division I encounters.
In singles action, Eric Schweinhart defeated Alex Von Moll of Glen Este 6-4, 6-1 and Anderson 6-4, 6-4.
Sam Gabbard defeated Oak Hills 6-2, 6-4 and Spencer Hoffman of Glen Este 6-0, 6-0.
The doubles squad of Eric Fedus and Ahren Kirschner defeated Northwest 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 and Chris Bechtel and Alex Martin of Glen Este 6-0, 6-0.
Glen Este singles player Kyle Barrett won a round over Northwest 6-0, 6-0.
In Division II, Goshen singles and Batavia doubles triumphed.
Robbie Wolfe of Goshen took Taylor 6-1, 7-5.
Josh Greer of Goshen mastered Finneytown 6-4, 6-2.
Tim Burns and Ryan Mollmann of Batavia topped Goshen's Josh Hetz and Kenny Stephens 3-6, 7-6, 7-5.
Mark Hartman and Jordan Larrison of Batavia dominated McNicholas 6-1, 6-0.