RUSSIA — Houston had a chance to move into a tie for first place in the County softball standings, but league-leading Russia would have none of it, run-ruling the Lady Wildcats 10-0 in five innings to open up a two-game lead in the league race.
Russia goes to 7-0 in the County and 12-4 overall and has another big test today at Covington. Houston falls to 5-1 in the league and 7-6 on the season.
“We’re really coming together,” said Russia coach Michelle Muhlenkamp. “It was a huge win for us.”
Houston got excellent pitching from Grace Saunders, and a huge day at the plate from senior standout Maria Herron.
Saunders gave up just four singles to four different players, and struck out six in five innings.
Herron had three hits and two of them were home runs.
Shea Borchers singled and doubled and also drove in three runs, and Claudia Counts added two hits.
Russia got three in the third and added four more in the fourth.
WP: Saunders; LP: Foster
Records: Russia 12-4, Houston 7-6.
Anna 16, Loramie 5
FORT LORAMIE — Anna took advantage of three Fort Loramie errors to score four times in the first inning and never looked back in rolling to a 16-5 win in County softball action Thursday.
Anna goes to 3-3 in the league and 4-6 overall. Loramie falls to 3-4 and 3-10 after its sixth consecutive setback.
Fort Loramie wound up committing eight errors in the game, and that, coupled with 19 Anna hits, led to the lopsided score.
There were four home runs in the game, two for each team.
For Anna, Macey Richard and Riley Osborn both hit the long ball, and for Loramie, it was Aleah Frilling and Morgan Holscher.
Both Richard and Osborn wound up with three hits for Anna, as did Taylor Spence. Olivia Place, Elaina Crosson and Chloe Spence added two each. Richard, Spence and Place all had doubles, and Richard and Osborn both drove in three runs.
For the Lady Redskins, Megan Koppin had three hits and both Holscher and Frilling added two hits and two RBIs each.
Anna`411 135 1—16`19`3
Loramie`000 120 2—5`9`6
WP: Ontrop; LP: Koppin
Records: Anna 4-6, Loramie 3-10.
Botkins 20, Fairlawn 8
BOTKINS — There were two reasons Botkins was quite motivated in its softball game against Fairlawn Thursday.
One, the Lady Trojans lost 21-20 to the Lady Jets the first time the two met early in the season.
And two, they wanted to post the program’s first win in three years.
They got it, too, thanks to an 11-run second inning that led to the game ending on the run rule after five.
“First win in three years,” said coach Bryan Trego. “And it really felt great, especially after losing to (Fairlawn) by one run the last time.”
Botkins is now 1-5 in the league and 1-12 on the season. Fairlawn is 1-6 and 1-10.
Botkins freshman Courtnie Sutton continued to hit the ball well, getting three hits, including a double and a triple.
Mikayla Place added three hits and drove in three runs, and Ashleigh Gibson had two hits, both doubles.
For Fairlawn, Lauren Dudgeon had a double.
WP: Skinner; LP: Turnbill
Records: Botkins 1-12, Fairlawn 1-10.
Waynesfield 23, Lehman 10
Lehman lost to Waynesfield for the second night in a row, this time at home, 23-10 in Northwest Central Conference play.
The Lady Cavs fallt o 4-6 with the loss.
Amanda Titterington, Grace Monnin and Abby Schutt all had two hits apiece and Sidney Chapman had a double, all for Lehman.
W’field`726 011 6—23`9`4
Lehman`000 460 0—10`9`4
WP: Roberts; LP: Wick
Records: Lehman 4-6, Waynesfield 4-7.