The London High School softball team has had a tough last couple weeks or so.
The Red Raiders (5-12, 2-4 in Mid-State League Ohio Division) entered a non-league tilt with Hamilton Township Tuesday on a six-game losing streak. But the squad finally broke out and recorded a much-needed 8-7 win over the visiting Rangers.
“We have been in a huge hitting slump and hopefully we came out of it a little (Monday) and we continue to keep hitting,” London coach Kelly Nelson said.
London had seven hits in the game. Kaitlin Patterson had a double and triple, while Serena Crawford, Makayla Ratliff, Zoe Webster, Taylor Holloway and Elizabeth Oney all had singles.
London had a big lead which it almost squandered away. Hamilton (7-13) scored seven times after the fifth inning but couldn’t quite finish the comeback. The Raiders committed five errors in the win.
“It wasn’t pretty, but I’ll take it,” Nelson said.
West Jefferson 7,
Bishop Ready 6
The Lady Roughriders (13-3, 5-1 in MSL Ohio) fell behind early to the visiting Silver Knights (7-7), but got going offensively and came back for a solid victory Tuesday.
Harlie Keith picked up the win inside the circle for West Jeff.
Jonathan Alder 16,
Buckeye Valley 3
The Lady Pioneers (12-3, 6-2 in MOAC Red Division) scored early and often and coasted to a league victory Tuesday at Buckeye Valley.
Jillian Jakse hit a 3-run home run, while Katelyn Perkins and Erin Jackson combined to allow just five Barons hits.
Shekinah Christian 1
The Red Raiders (5-6) picked up a non-league win over the visiting Flames Tuesday.
Colin Minner was the winning pitcher, going the five innings of the run-rule shortened contest and allowing just one hit. John Michael Hershberger suffered the loss.
The Golden Eagles (3-16) got off to a slow start and couldn’t recover as they fell in an Ohio Heritage Conference contest Tuesday.
Madison-Plains High School had 11 hits and played better in stretches but couldn’t pull this one out.
“Greeneview was a much improved offensive team from the first time we played them,” Madison-Plains High School coach Zach Durban said. “We struggled to get runs in until the fourth inning which put us in a hole early. We did have an explosive fourth inning and did some really good things offensively.
“Our pitching struggled a bit today. We gave up 16 hits, six walks and hit two batters. That’s a lot for a defense to overcome when you have that many base runners and scoring opportunities.”
Thomas Adams lead Madison-Plains High School offensively going 3 for 4 with a double.
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