At this time of year if the weather is nice, high school baseball and softball teams are going to be playing.
Madison County teams were out on the diamonds Wednesday, April 12 with some impressive results.
West Jefferson 19,
The Lady Roughriders (8-0) got a no-hitter from Isabelle Fisher as she completely shut down the host Rams Wednesday.
While she was doing her thing the West Jefferson offense banged out 22 hits. The win improved the Roughriders record to a perfect 4-0 in Mid-State League Ohio Division play.
Jonathan Alder 11,
Marion Harding 0,
The Pioneers (4-2, 3-1 in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division) scored in every inning of this lopsided league tilt which was shortened to just five innings thanks to the run-rule Wednesday.
Alder got a complete game effort from Katelyn Perkins, who scattered three hits in the victory.
With the win the Pioneers sit in second place in MOAC play, a game behind leader North Union (7-0, 3-0). Alder however had a game with North Union postponed where the Pioneers were ahead 8-3. That contest will be finished later this month.
The Lady Red Raiders (4-6, 2-2 in MSL Ohio) shutout the Lions behind solid defense and a standout pitching effort from Taylor Holloway. Holloway allowed just six hits and stayed out of trouble.
Offensively Kaitlin Patterson had two singles and Taylor Riegel had a single and a triple.
Jonathan Alder 7,
Marion Harding 5
The Pioneers (9-1) stayed unbeaten in MOAC Red Division play (4-0).
Junior pitcher Logan Smith was the winning pitcher in the game played in Marion Wednesday.
The Red Raiders (4-4, 1-1) were very much in this MSL contest heading into the seventh and final inning Wednesday, but that’s when things fell apart in a disappointing loss.
London trailed 5-4 leading into the top of the frame, but the talented Lions (8-3, 1-1) scored six times to break things open.
Despite the final score the Golden Eagles (2-7) put up a fight against a talented Triad team Tuesday evening.
Coach Zach Durban’s team gave a valiant effort but ultimately came out on the losing end.
“The score doesn’t do justice to how the game went tonight,” the coach said. “We knew Triad was an outstanding team and knew what kind of effort it would take to defeat them. For three innings we played the best baseball we have all year keeping it to a 0-0 tie.
“Starting pitcher Tyler Gibbs threw outstanding until the fifth inning when he started to lose a little zip and sharpness on the mound. He left the game with a 3-0 deficit. We provided excellent defense and heads up plays and execution for four innings tonight.”
Durban couldn’t help but encouraged by the game, even though his team didn’t win. He said there are positives his squad can take away from it.
“I explained to our guys that Triad is a team that will make a deep run into the playoffs and now we know what it takes mentally and physically to do the same. We had too many errors, wild pitches, and allowed a couple timely hits that gave Triad more than enough runs. By the stat line, we actually outhit them. That’s frustrating to not be able to capitalize on a season defining win tonight, but I’m excited about what our team showed that they are capable of.”
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