Glen Este, New Richmond, and Goshen varsity fast pitch softball teams were unsmudged with a loss in recent Clermont County competition. Milford continues to do a respectable job against tough competition.
The Trojans overcame Harrison’s Wildcats 4-2 in eight innings in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Conference. Kelley Benhase fired a four-hit, 17-strikeout performance for the Purple and White. For GE, Kara Atwell had three hits, Randi Heming two hits, and Caroline Kirker had two runs batted in (RBI).
Winton Woods’ Warriors were walloped by Glen Este 20-0 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division. Benhase surrendered just two hits to the enemy and added 13 strikeouts with her pitching efforts. Sydney Schwalbach had four hits, scored twice and batted in a pair of teammates, Megan Watts had two hits, four runs scored, and three RBI, Taylor Armitage had two hits, scored three times and drove in two mates, Danielle VanDerVelde had three base raps and five RBI, Jones scored four runs, Kierstin Gregory crossed the plate twice, and Heming had two hits.
The Lions edged Batavia 5-4 in a 14-inning thriller. Michelle Sweet was the winning pitcher in this Southern Buckeye Conference non-division confrontation. She fanned 10 Bulldogs. Jamie Bare was the unfortunate losing hurler.
The Red and Black turned back Felicity 10-0 in a non-division Southern Buckeye Conference contest. Sweet won on the mound and whiffed 10 Cardinals. For New Richmond, Patty Abellanida had two hits and four RBI, Molly Gross had two hits, and Karlie Mazzaro batted in two teammates.
The Warriors bopped Bethel-Tate 11-4 in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division. Tucker was the victor on the mound and struck out seven of the Tigers. Jessica Kilgore was the losing moundwoman. For the northern Clermont Red and Gray, Messer had three hits and two RBI, Smith two hits and two RBI, and Tucker helped herself with two hits. For the southern Clermont Red and Gray, Kristen Coburn had three hits and Amanda Thompson and Megan Rossi two hits each.
The Bulldogs beat down Blanchester 4-2 in a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division fray. Winning pitcher Bare limited the Clinton countians to just four hits. The Green and White's offense was paced by Lauren Wood who had two hits and two RBI and Brittany Luginbul and Emily Sellers who both had two base knocks.
The Cardinals clobbered East Clinton's Astros 18-5 in five innings. Wendi Gullett won on the mound for the Red and White and allowed just two hits to the Clinton countians. In the forefront for Felicity's offense was Kayla Henson with three hits and four RBI, Amber McCann with two hits and four RBI, and Courtney Lucas with two hits and three RBI.
The E-Gals had to go eight innings before finally winning out over Loveland 5-4. In this Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division battle, winning pitcher Emily Poynter whiffed nine of the Orange and Black and gave up just three hits. April Myers had two hits and Chelsea Gilman and Poynter both batted in two mates for the Red and White.
Anderson outhit Milford five to one as the Redskins edged the E-Gals 1-0. Poynter fanned 12 of the Redskins, but still absorbed the setback on the mound.
"We've been playing up and down. The hitting is not consistent," said head coach Christy Hensley, adding, "But we have been getting good, strong pitching all year long."
Turning in good pitching performances are freshman lefthander Alley with a 4.00 earned run average. Righthanders Poynter and Parr have also done their share of good work on the mound.
Centerfielder April Myers owns the best hitting average at .365 and Alley, who plays first base when not pitching, is hitting .350. Myers, who appears second in the E-Gal batting order, is surprisingly the team leader in RBI.
Defensively, Myers and third baseman Gertz have been the Milford standouts.
"The team has "a nice mix" of experience. The Red and White consists of six freshmen and sophomores, one junior, and five seniors.
Hensley believes her charges can continue to win, but "We need timely, consistent hitting."
The Barons were taken by Turpin 13-1 in six innings. In this Fort Ancient Valley Confernce Cardinal Division game, Chelsea Ehemann was the losing pitcher. Natalie Wolfer had three base raps and Kelly Madigan added two more for the Blue and White.
The Wildcats were skimmed by Georgetown's G-Women 10-9 in nine innings in a National Division Southern Buckeye Conference encounter. Rachel Meisberger bashed two home runs for the Blue and White, but she was the unfortunate losing hurler. Kala Scott had three hits as did Theresa Centers, and Heather Brown contributed two more base knocks to the cause.