The Jonathan Alder softball team is replacing seven starters off of last year’s team, however you’d never know it based on the results of its season-opener Monday against Bishop Hartley.
The Lady Pioneers (1-0) started fast and cruised to a 9-2 victory over visiting Bishop Hartley. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Hartley, but field conditions forced the game to be moved to Plain City. Alder played as the away team and set the tone early scoring a pair of runs without hitting the ball out of the infield in the top of the first inning.
The team continued to hit the ball in the second inning, with the big shot coming off the bat of senior catcher Kayla Fredendall who crushed a shot that easily cleared the fence in right center for a three-run home run.
Alder pitcher Katelyn Perkins picked up the win inside the pitching circle surrendering a pair of unearned runs, and allowing just two hits to the Hawks (0-1).
They’re no longer in the same league but that doesn’t decrease the significance of a cross-county match-up between rivals.
London benefited from a boatload of Madison-Plains miscues and cruised to a run-rule victory Monday at London High School.
The Red Raiders (1-1) and Golden Eagles (1-2) both had seven hits in the contest but Madison-Plains made a number of mistakes the Raiders were able to take advantage of.
“Pitching and defense hurt us tonight,” Madison-Plains High School coach Zach Durban said. “I give credit to London’s coaching staff and players for taking advantage of each mistake we made. Good teams capitalize on opponents mistakes and poor performances. We used four different pitchers tonight that totaled 12 walks and 10 wild pitches. Add to that six errors and at least that many more mental errors. Although our pitchers struggled to throw strikes, we can’t afford to give opponents five or six outs an inning, and that’s what we did tonight.”
London’s Jacob Fox got the win on the mound as he and Drew Herman threw strikes and limited the Golden Eagles opportunities. Plains’ Isaac Puckett suffered the loss.
The Red Raiders scored seven runs in the sixth inning with just one hit.
London opened the season March 25 with a 16-2 loss to Worthington Kilbourne.
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The Pioneers (2-0) scored in five of their six at-bats and were able to post another impressive win over a quality opponent Monday.
The team opened the season a couple days prior with a 9-7 defeat of Wheelersburg March 25.
Shekinah Christian 10,
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The Flames (1-1) bounced back from a season-opening loss to Madison-Plains with a dominating performance Monday afternoon.
Shekinah banged out 13 hits and Sam Chrysler went the distance on the mound in the shutout victory.
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