ANNA — Anna’s softball team is looking to get in the Shelby County Athletic League race after finishing third a year ago. The Rockets started off right at home on Monday.
Anna scored five runs in the first two innings and added seven in the fourth and fifth to complete a 12-2 run-rule victory over Fort Loramie. Anna tallied eight hits in the game and took advantage of six walks in a big offensive output.
Macey Richard, Carey White and Riley Osborn each had two RBIs for the Rockets, while Brandi Weber, Taylor Spencer and Olivia Place had one each. Place and Osborn each were 2 for 3 from the plate, while Weber was 2 for 2 with a walk and scored two runs. White led the team with three runs scored.
Anna scored four runs with two outs in the fifth to end the game. Richard hit a single to second base to score Bailey Luthman and Taylor Muter. White followed with an RBI double to center field and scored the game’s last run after the next three batters walked.
Elaina Crosson allowed six hits and two earned runs for Anna (1-0).
Aleah Frilling allowed eight hits and five earned runs for Fort Loramie (0-1). The Redskins had two errors.
Heather Eilerman and Frilling were both 2 for 3 from the plate for Fort Loramie.
Russia 6, Houston 0
Russia, the defending SCAL champs, started the season with a big league win at home over Houston (0-1).
Grace Saunders pitched a complete game for the Raiders (1-0) and had eight strikeouts. Jenna Cordonnier was 3-for-4 with three singles and one RBI, while Kylee Sherman, Lexi Monnin and Shea Borchers had two hits apiece. Sherman led the team with 2 RBIs.
Fairlawn 16, Botkins 6
The Jets scored 10 runs in the first inning to jumpstart a season-opening road run-rule SCAL win over the Trojans.
Fairlawn (1-0) scored four runs in the fourth to take a 16-4 lead. Botkins added a run in each the fourth and fifth innings but couldn’t stop the early finish.
Skylar Jones and Lauren Dudgeon were 2 for 4. Dudgeon had a double and a triple and led the team with 4 RBIs, while Jones had a double and 3 RBIs. Renee Gent and Allison Roush also each had two hits for the Jets (1-0), and Skyler Turnbill had a two-run home run and drew two walks.
Jones picked up the win in the circle. She had 5 strikeouts and allowed four earned runs.
Fairlawn had 11 hits and two errors, while Botkins had 12 hits and one error.
Courtney Sutton picked up the loss for Botkins (0-1). She was 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 RBIs.
Jackson Center 6, Mississinawa Valley 5
The Tigers scored five runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth to storm back and open the season with a home win.
Mississinawa Valley led 4-1 heading in the sixth.
“The girls never gave up and came back with a big inning,” Jackson Center coach Janice Davidson said. “It was just what we needed.”
Connor Pipke was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI for the Tigers (1-0). Ally Russo had a double with 2 RBIs, and Kennedy Jackson had a two-RBI single. Ashley Mullenhour had a hit and batted in one run.
Paxton Scholl was 4 for 4 for the Blackhawks with a triple.
Mississinawa Valley (0-1) had nine hits and one error while Jackson Center had six hits and five errors.
Benjamin Logan 10, Lehman Catholic 0
The Raiders scored six runs in the sixth inning to finish off Lehman’s season opener.
Grace Deardurff had 13 strikeouts for the Raiders in the win. Lehman (0-1) didn’t have a hit and had five errors. Madalyn Kirtley picked up the loss for the Cavaliers.
Franklin-Monroe 3, Versailles 2 extra innings
Allie Armstrong hit a single in the 10th to give the Jets a season-opening win over Versailles.
Armstrong came to the plate with one out and the bases loaded following a pair of intentional walks. The Jets’ designated player drove a single into left field that scored Chloe Henninger.
Kami McEldowney was 2 for 5 for Versailles with 1 RBI while Mallory George drove in the Tigers’ other run. Savannah Toner had a triple for Versailles (0-1).
Cori Lawrence pitched the entire game for the Tigers and allowed six hits and one earned run with four strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings.
Riverside 12, Tecumseh 10
Riverside scored three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 12-7 lead and survived a rally attempt by Tecumseh to earn a road win to start the season.
Each squad had 11 hits. Tecumseh had six errors and Riverside had five.
“It was an ugly defensive night for both teams,” Riverside coach Andy Phelps said. “I am proud of my girls for fighting through the defensive struggles to come away with the win.”
Kristin Davidson was 4 for 5 for the Pirates. Marissa Davis was 1 for 5, but her hit was a three-run home run in the seventh.
Jalynn Stanley pitched seven innings in her first varsity game for the Pirates and had 10 strikeouts with three earned runs. She was 1 for 4 from the plate with a two-run home run.
Arcanum 6, Minster 2
Arcanum scored two runs in each the first and third innings to take control in Monday’s season opener.
Minster had seven hits and two errors. Jenna Nixon had a double for the Wildcats, while Emily Stubbs and Karly Richard each had one RBI.
Jenna Poeppelman had 10 strikeouts and allowed four earned runs on four hits for Minster (0-1). Macy Skelton picked up the win for Arcanum and had five strikeouts.
Bradford 4, New Bremen 1
The Railroaders scored two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take control of New Bremen’s season opener.
The Cardinals (0-1) had five hits against Bradford’s Skipp Miller, who had 17 strikeouts. Hanna Tenkman was 2 for 2 for the Cardinals and drove in the team’s lone run on a double to left field in the sixth.
Molly Smith had eight strikeouts and allowed four earned runs on 10 hits.
Anna 7, Urbana 6
Anna rallied in the seventh to start the season with a road nonconference win over Urbana.
With two outs, Zach White had a single that moved Brayden Collier to third base, then the Hillclimbers walked Aidan Endsley to load the bases.
Seth Stiefel hit a grounder to third base and reached first on an error, which allowed Collier to score. Jared Siegle then hit a grounder to second and reached first on an error, which allowed White to score.
Zach White struck out three batters in the bottom of the inning to preserve the win for the Rockets (1-0).
White was 2 for 3 at the plate with a double and scored two runs. Siegel was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs.
Carter Elliott picked up the win on the mound after pitching 1 2/3 innings. Aidan Endsley pitched 4 1/3 innings and had eight strikeouts while allowing two earned runs on three hits.
Gabe Spiers picked up the loss for Urbana after pitching seven innings. He had nine strikeouts and allowed three earned runs. Austin Rader was 2 for 4 at the plate with 3 RBIs for the Hillclimbers.
Anna had five hits in the game while Urbana had four.
Tecumseh 14, Sidney 4
Tecumseh scored three runs in the sixth and held Sidney scoreless in the bottom half of the inning to earn a run-rule win.
The Yellow Jackets (0-1) had four hits and were hurt by four committing four errors and walking 12 batters.
Zane Walker picked up the loss on the mound for Sidney. He gave up one hit and allowed two earned runs in three innings.
Walker, Kaden Walker, Kyle Noble and Christian Townsend picked up Sidney’s hits.
Fairlawn 6, Botkins 1
Fairlawn went on the road at Botkins to open up the season and gradually pulled away for the win.
With no score in the third, Jackson Jones led off with a double and Jordan Lessing then followed with a single. Piper then singled to score Jones and Doug Wright sacrificed to score Lessing.
Ashton Piper reached on a walk in the fifth, stole second and third and scored on a passed ball to put Fairlawn up 3-0. The Jets were able to score two more in the sixth off a single from Kyle Peters, walks from both Jones and Lessing and a single from Piper.
Fairlawn finished the top half of the seventh with another run after singles from Keith Orndorff and Ethan Westerbeck.
Tristin Burns had two singles for Botkins and Nick Buettner singled and scored a run in the fifth.
Doug Wright went five innings for Fairlawn, striking out 11 while giving up three hits. Keith Orndorff came on in relief and struck out five.
New Bremen 12, Houston 2
Ryan Bertke and Spencer Alig combined to throw a no-hitter for New Bremen in a run-rule win in a home season opener.
The Cardinals scored seven runs in the third to run away from Houston and added three in the fourth and one in the fifth to finish off the victory.
Aaron Vonderhaar was 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs for New Bremen. Grant Selby, Justin Tenkman and Ryland Archey and Alig also had hits and drove in one run.
Bertke earned the win for the Cardinals (1-0) after allowing no hits and striking out six in 3 1/3 innings. Alig finished off the last 1 2/3 innings with two strikeouts.
Luke Foster and Schaffner each scored runs for Houston in the third after drawing two of the team’s four walks.
Lehman Catholic 12, Ansonia 2
Lehman Catholic started the season off with a run-rule win over Ansonia.
Jared Magoteaux picked up the win on the mound for the Cavaliers and Drew Barhorst finished the game in relief.
“I was very pleased with Jared’s effort today,” Lehman coach Dave King said.
Tyler Lachey had two doubles for Lehman and Owen Smith had a double. Lachey had three hits, scored three runs and had 2 RBIs. RJ Bertini, Bryce Kennedy and Smith each had two hits and two RBIs.
Benjamin Logan 15, Jackson Center 3
Ben Logan scored seven runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to earn a run-rule win over Jackson Center.
The Raiders had five hits but took advantage of 11 walks and six errors by Jackson Center to put the game away.
Coltin Rose picked up Jackson Center’s lone hit and scored a run. Bryce Sosby and Trevor Sosby also scored runs, and Jansen Frye batted in a run on a groundout.
Versailles 10, Arcanum 0
After three scoreless innings to start the game, Versailles scored four runs in the top half of the fourth inning and added three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to earn a season-opening run-rule win.
Versailles (1-0) finished the game with five hits and one error while Arcanum had two hits and four errors.
Cole Niekamp was 3 for 4 with a double, a stolen base, three runs and 3 RBIs. Kurtis Rutschilling went 1 for 2 with two walks, four stolen bases and three runs. Elliot Bruns was 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Noah Richard walked three times, stole two bases and scored three runs for Versailles.
Niekamp earned the win for Versailles as he pitched four scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out seven. Zach Griesdorn pitched two scoreless innings in relief, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out four.
Graham 16, Riverside 6
Graham scored eight runs in the third to take control of a season opener against Riverside in St. Paris.
Trey lane was 2 for 3 for Riverside with one walk and scored two runs, while Greg Bryant was 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Bryant also scored two runs.
Aaron Kean picked up the loss on the mound in 2 2/3 innings of work.
The Falcons had 12 hits and five errors, while Riverside had seven hits and three errors.
Celina 5, Sidney 0
Sidney struggled in its season opener at Celina.
Daichi Urata lost at first singles 7-5 and 6-1, Michael Ferree lost at second singles 6-2 and 6-1 and Jersain Brux lost at third singles 6-2 and 6-1.
In doubles, Nobel Zhou and Kazuma Okada lost 6-1 and 6-0 and Carter Vantilburg and Hayden Lochard lost two 6-0 games.
Lehman Catholic 5, Springfield Kenton Ridge 0
Lehman Catholic dominated Kenton Ridge at home to start off the season with a win.
At first singles, Griffin West beat Kellen Kronour 6-1 and 6-1. Ryan Goettemoeller beat Zach Thompson in two 6-2 games at second singles. Elijah Jock beat Reese Calicoat in two 6-0 games at third singles.
Sam Ritze and Danny Lins beat Kolton Tyson and Keaton Campbell in two 6-0 games at first doubles and Michael Wesner and Sean Toner beat Brecken Leffel and Nik Adams at second doubles 6-0 and 6-1.
“Nice win in tough conditions to start our season,” Lehman Catholic coach Tim Ungericht said. “I told the kids to stay focused because their kids are well-coached, and we did. Their coach Sherri Bennett has 20 years’ experience, so it was good for us to start the season with a decisive win over them. We are fortunate to have indoor gym time and that paid off for us tonight.”