RUSSIA — Fort Loramie became just the second Shelby County Athletic League squad to beat Russia in the last five years.
The Redskins scored six runs in the second inning to take control and fought off a late rally attempt to earn a 7-5 victory on Monday.
Fort Loramie (2-1, 1-0 SCAL) led 6-0 after its big second inning. The Raiders scored one run in both the second and fourth innings and cut the gap further in the seventh.
After Simone Puthoff lined out to start the inning, Russia had four consecutive hits and scored two runs, then added another run on a dropped third strike. The Redskins threw out the batter on the play for the second out, and Kate Ruhenkamp then coaxed a flyout by Saige Hoying to end the inning.
Aubrey Baker and Ava Turner hit consecutive home runs for Fort Loramie in the second. Ella Hoelscher was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs.
Ruhenkamp picked up the win. She allowed four earned runs on 10 hits in seven innings.
Russia’s Sophie Francis was charged with the loss. She allowed one earned run on four hits in 1 2/3 innings. Makenna Hoying pitched the rest of the way and gave up one hit and one walk with three strikeouts.
Riley Hammonds was 4 for 4 for the Raiders while Makenna Hoying was 2 for 4. Puthoff hit a triple and Hammonds and Saige Hoying both doubled.
Russia (1-1, 0-1), which opened the season with a win over Minster on Saturday, finished undefeated in SCAL play in 2017 and 2018. The Raiders lost to Anna in their first SCAL game in 2019 but won their last 11 to win the outright league title.
Houston 15, Fairlawn 3
The Wildcats pulled away fast for a run-rule victory on Monday in Sidney by taking advantage of six errors by Fairlawn.
Rylie Voisard picked up the win. She allowed three earned runs on four hits and had nine strikeouts in five innings. Grace Slade was 2 for 3 at the plate.
Alayna VanHorn was charged with the loss. She allowed four earned runs on five hits and seven walks in 3 2/3 innings. Kayleigh Taylor was 2 for 2 at the plate.
Jackson Center 12, Botkins 2
The Tigers earned a run-rule win in six innings on Monday in Jackson Center.
Kennedy Jackson was 2 for 3 while Regan Davidson was 2 for 4. Paige Geuy racked up two hits after hitting a double and a triple. She had 2 RBIs.
Grace Woolley picked up the win in the circle. She allowed one earned run and had five strikeouts.
Bellefontaine 7, Riverside 1
The Pirates lost their season opener on Monday in Bellefontaine. The Chieftains had a 2-1 lead but pulled away thanks to three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Jenna Woods was charged with the loss for Riverside. She gave up four earned runs on eight hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. She recorded 11 strikeouts.
Woods hit a double.
Minster 12, National Trail 5
The Wildcats scored 10 runs in the first four innings and cruised to a nonconference victory on Monday in Minster.
Emma Goubeaux was 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs while Savanah Bergman was 2 for 4 and drew a walk. Goubeaux and Mikaela Hoskins each hit doubles.
Rachael Hoying picked up the win in the circle. She allowed one hit and struck out five batters with two walks in 3 1/3 innings.
Indian Lake 11, New Bremen 7
The Cardinals lost a nonconference game on Monday in New Bremen after the Lakers rallied with eight runs in the last three innings.
Emma Keller was 2 for 3 and drew a walk while Callie Wells and Alayna Ross were both 2 for 4. Wells hit two doubles and Kyla Stachler hit a triple.
Ross was charged with the loss. She allowed seven earned runs on 11 hits and eight walks. She had 10 strikeouts.
Versailles 10, Arcanum 7
Versailles held on to earn a victory in its season opener on Monday in Arcanum. The Tigers built a 10-2 lead before the Trojans scored five runs in the last two innings.
Tara Fritscher was 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs and one walk while Lauren Monnin was 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and one walk. Colleen Hiestand and Abby Stammen were each 2 for 5. Keri Dirksen and Hiestand each hit triples while Monnin and Stammen both doubled.
Monnin earned the win in the circle. She allowed six earned runs on 10 hits in seven innings.
Other scores: Sidney 8, Fairborn 5, extra innings.
Sidney 8, Fairborn 5
The Yellow Jackets took control early to earn a victory on Monday in Sidney in their first Miami Valley League game of the season. They scored five runs in the first two innings, then scored one each in the third, fourth and fifth.
Jordan Lessing was 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs while Ryan Caufield was 2 for 3. Lessing and Aiden Booth each hit doubles.
Gavin Roberts earned the win. He gave up four earned runs on five hits in three innings. Nick Jones and Carson Taylor pitched the rest of the way and allowed two hits and one earned run. They struck out a combined nine batters and walked three.
Fort Loramie 3, Russia 1
The Redskins scored three runs in the last two innings to rally and earn a Shelby County Athletic League victory in their season opener on Monday in Russia.
Darren Hoying hit an RBI double with two outs in the top of the sixth to tie it 1-1, then scored on a single by Derek Meyer two batters later to give the squad a lead.
The Redskins got an insurance run in the seventh after Russia pitcher Xavier Philpot walked three consecutive batters.
Meyer picked up the win on the mound. He didn’t allow a hit and struck out seven batters in four innings of work and was 2 for 3 at the plate.
Grant Saunders was charged with the loss. He allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. He had seven strikeouts.
Hayden Quinter was 2 for 3 at the plate for Russia.
Jackson Center 8, Botkins 2
The Tigers rallied with seven runs in the last two innings to earn an SCAL win on Monday in Jackson Center.
Carson Regula was 2 for 2 for Jackson Center with 2 RBIs and two walks while Trevor Sosby was 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs. Bryson Roberts was 2 for 2 and Eli Butcher was 2 for 4. Regula and Aidan Reichert each hit doubles.
Roberts picked up the win. He allowed two earned runs on four hits in six innings and had six strikeouts.
Isaac Cisco was charged with the loss for the Trojans. He allowed five earned runs on 11 hits and three walks.
Parker Geis was 3 for 4 for Botkins.
New Bremen 18, Riverside 4
The Cardinals scored 13 runs in the sixth and seventh innings to run away in their season opener on Monday in De Graff.
New Bremen took control with five runs in the first two innings. Riverside scored three in the third and one in the sixth.
Ben Blickle was 3 for 4 for the Cardinals with 2 RBIs while Nick Alig was 3 for 5 with 5 RBIs. Vince Hulse was 2 for 3, Mitchell Hays and Trevor Bergman were each 2 for 4 and Sam Sailer was 2 for 5. Alig hit a double and a triple while Hays hit a double.
Alig picked up the win on the mound. He allowed three earned runs on five hits and one walk in 3 2/3 innings and struck out three batters.
Zander Crouch was charged with the loss. He allowed five earned runs on eight hits in four innings.
Crouch hit a double. Deven Frilling was 2 for 3 while Warren Shockey was 2 for 4.
Arcanum 9, Versailles 8
The Tigers gave up two runs in the seventh and lost their season opener on Monday in Arcanum.
Chase McEldowney was charged with the loss. He gave up two unearned runs on two hits in the seventh.
Jacob Treon was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Adam Kremer hit a double.
Other scores: Houston 5, Fairlawn 3.