HOUSTON — The Russia Lady Raiders, behind the hitting of Maria Herron, tightened up the County softball race Monday by handing the Houston Lady Wildcats their first league setback of the season, 7-2 in action at Houston.
The loss left Houston at 7-1 in the County and now just one game ahead of the Lady Raiders, who are 6-2. Fort Loramie is 7-2 in the league.
Overall, Houston is 12-6 and Russia 13-7.
Russia led 1-0 heading to the third, then tacked on five more runs to open up an insurmountable lead.
Herron had three hits, and two of them were solo home runs for Russia. She also drove in three runs. Claudia Counts and Jenna Cordonnier each added two hits.
For Houston, Macey Stang belted a solo home run and Emilee Foster singled and doubled.
Rus.`105 000 1`7`10`2
Hous.`000 110 0`2`4`1
WP: Borchers; LP: New
Records: Houston 12-6, Russia 13-7.
FL 13, Anna 6
FORT LORAMIE — Fort Loramie trailed 4-3 after Anna scored in the top of the third, but the Lady Redskins scored seven times in the bottom of the inning and went on to beat the Lady Rockets 13-6 in County play Monday at Loramie.
The win put the Lady Redskins at 11-7 overall and dropped Anna to 7-9.
Anna jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning on Bailey Luthman’s two-run double and Macey Richard’s double that scored Luthman.
But Loramie answered in the bottom of the second with three runs of their own. Kiersten Benanzer doubled to get things started with two outs in the inning, then a fielder’s choice and a walk loaded the bases. One run scored on a wild pitch and then Kristin Ratermann doubled in two runs to tie it.
“Getting all of that with two outs was big for us,” said Loramie coach Brad Turner.
Loramie then exploded in the fourth. With a runner on base Holly Frey belted a home run and then the Lady Redskins were able to take advantage of a couple of walks and had some solid hits to keep the inning going.
Kara Magoteaux had a two-run single in the fifth.
Kristin Ratermann got the win in relief. She came on in the second and struck out seven in 52/3 innings.
Anna`031 000 2`6`6`1
FL`037 120 x`13`13`2
WP: Ratermann; LP: P. Richard
Records: Loramie 11-7, Anna 7-9.
JC 14, Fairlawn 3
JACKSON CENTER — Jackson Center cruised to a 14-3 win over Fairlawn in five innings in the third County game of the night Monday.
The Lady Tigers are now 4-3 in the league and 5-7 overall.
Cassie Meyer singled and doubled and Abby Meyer had two singles for Jackson. Katie Sosby had a double and Connor Pipke drove in six runs. C. Meyer and Haley Rogers both scored twice.
Pierce singled and doubled for Fairlawn.
WP: Rogers; LP: Long
Records: JC 5-7, Fairlawn 1-13.
Greenville 13, Sidney 1
GREENVILLE — Greenville scored 13 times in the first two innings and went on to run-rule the Sidney Lady Jackets in Greater Western Ohio Conference North softball action Monday, 13-1.
The loss left Sidney at 9-10 on the year after their fifth loss in the last seven games.
Kasey Swiger had a double and Hollie Westerbeck singled and scored a run for Sidney.
WP: Minnich; LP: Shell
Records: Sidney 9-10, Greenville 15-5.