West Jefferson softball coach Jim Stevens knew going into the season he had a good collection of young, talented players on his roster, how good they could be in his mind would be determined by how quickly they could come together as a team.
After a 7-0 start (3-0 in the Mid-State League Ohio Division) the Lady Roughriders appear to be coming along just fine.
“The girls are just playing fantastic softball right now,” Stevens said. “We’re playing team softball and working as one unit. That speaks loudly of how far they’ve come in terms of being a team.”
The Lady Roughriders had no problems in knocking off visiting London 10-0. West Jeff banged out 12 hits against Raiders pitchers Serena Crawford and Taylor Holloway. Isabelle Fisher limited London (3-6, 1-2 in MSL Ohio) to just a pair of hits.
“We knew we had good players and knew we could be really good, but we’re trying to hold them back and don’t want to peak too soon,” Stevens said.
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The Lady Pioneers (3-2, 2-1 in MOAC Red Division) barely broke a sweat in shutting out the visiting Tigers.
Jonathan Alder had 16 hits and Katelyn Perkins was stellar inside the circle allowing just a pair of hits.
The Golden Eagles struggled in this OHC contest played at Mechanicsburg.
The Golden Eagles (2-7) struggled through another rough night during a Ohio Heritage Conference contest at Mechanicsburg Monday, April 10.
Pitching struggles and inconsistency at the plate doomed coach Zach Durban’s bunch.
“Starting pitcher Thomas Adams struggled with command of the strike zone tonight with walks and hit batters,” Durban said. “We struggled to provide much run support to keep up with Mechanicsburg. We’re still making some mental and physical mistakes that are costing us runs.
“That falls solely on me and we will continue to teach and learn to improve this season.”
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The Pioneers (8-1, 3-0 in MOAC) edged past the visiting Tigers with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday.
Alder had taken a 6-4 advantage into the sixth inning, but the visitors plated a pair of runs in the frame and sent the game to the seventh inning tied at 6-6.
Coach Craig Kyle’s team was able to remain undefeated in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division despite committing four errors in the game.
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The Red Raiders (4-3, 1-0 in MSL Ohio) scored in four of the five innings, including a seven-spot in the third inning as they knocked off a good Roughriders squad (8-3, 2-1) Monday.
Cam Greenhill allowed two early runs to West Jefferson but then settled in on the mound allowing single runs in each the fourth and fifth innings. He earned the pitching win. Lance Lambert suffered the loss for the Roughriders.
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