West Jefferson softball coach Jim Stevens will tell anyone who’ll listen that he believes his team is good, not because he has a roster of superstars, but rather because he has a roster full of players who are willing to play hard, play as a team and do whatever they need to in order to earn wins.
Thus far that formula has worked out perfectly. The Lady Roughriders (5-0, 1-0 in MSL Ohio) stayed undefeated following a lopsided 21-0 win over visiting Westland Wednesday, April 5.
“The girls once again hit the ball very well all the way through the lineup against good pitching,” Stevens said. “This win was a whole team effort, Coach (Tony) Caldwell and I were very proud of them and how they played.”
The Roughriders banged out a season-high 24 hits, which helped starting pitcher Brooklyn Keaton settle down, throw strikes and rely on her defense.
The senior allowed six hits in posting the shutout.
The win came a day after the Roughriders traveled to Olentangy Orange and came home with a hard-fought 4-2 win over a good Division I squad. Three of the team’s victories have come against D-I competition.
In the win over Orange, Belle Fisher went the distance inside the circle allowing just two runs and three hits.
Brooke Roberts had a 2-run triple and Alexis Good was 2 for 3 at the plate.
Central Crossing 12,
The Red Raiders (1-40-1 in MSL Ohio) came up short in a non-league game against the Comets Wednesday.
London got a double and a single from Macey Mullins, a double from Makayla Ratliff and a triple from Taylor Rigel.
Taylor Holloway suffered the loss against a strong hitting Crossing squad.
Jonathan Alder 9,
North Union 4
The Pioneers (5-0, 2-0 in MOAC Red) stayed undefeated with a solid home win Wednesday.
Alder shook off an uncharacteristically sloppy defense performance, one that saw them commit five errors in the game’s first two innings. Xavier Beachy threw strikes and kept things together until the Alder bats got going with big hits.
North Union scored all four of its runs in the first two frames, but didn’t score again.
West Jefferson 11,
The Roughriders (6-1, 1-0 in MSL Ohio) used a 7-run first inning to propel them to their sixth straight victory over the host Cougars Wednesday.
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