FORT LORAMIE — Jackson Center scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning and held Fort Loramie in the bottom of the inning to come away with a 13-11 thriller in County girls softball action Thursday night.
The win kept Jackson in the league race at 2-1 and dropped Fort Loramie to 3-2 and two games behind league-leading Russia in the loss column.
Overall, Jackson Center is 3-3 and Loramie 3-5.
“We had our chances in the later innings,” said Loramie coach Brad Turner, whose team led 7-3 at one point. “We left runners at second and third in the seventh and eighth innings, and got a leadoff double in the ninth. But each time, we weren’t able to get a winning run across.
“Cassie Meyer (Jackson) made some big plays in extra innings at shortstop for them,” he added.
Fort Loramie scored five times in the bottom of the first and the thought must have been of a run-rule verdict. Jackson managed two in the second and one in the fourth, but when Loramie added two in the fourth, the score stood at 7-3.
But that all changed when Jackson Center plated eight runs in the top of the fifth. Two hits to start the inning were followed by a walk to load the bases. A single by Meyer plated two runs, then a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases again.
The first five batters in the inning scored, and Kate Sosby had a key two-run double before another run scored on a fielder’s choice.
Loramie got three back in the sixth and tied it in the seventh, but it remained at 11-11 through nine innings.
In the top of the 10th, Bryanna Davis led off with a single for JC and Meyer walked. They advanced on an error before Camryn Hoehne came through with a two-run double.
For Jackson, Sosby wound up 3-for-6, Connor Pipke was 3-for-5, Meyer and Ally Russo were both 2-for-5 and Hoehne 2-for-6 with the game-winning double. Meyer and Pipke both scored three runs.
For Loramie, Abby Holthaus was 4-for-4, Grace Ruhenkamp, Aleah Frilling and Heather Eilerman all had three hits apiece, and Gabriel Olberding, Macy Imwalle and Morgan Holscher all added two hits.
Imwalle added three RBIs and Frilling drove in two.
Loramie outhit Jackson 20-18.
• Loramie lost 16-2 to a good New Bremen team Friday night. Bremen is now 9-1 and pitcher Sophie Fox struck out 11 Lady Redskins.
Loramie drops to 3-6.
The game went all seven innings, with Bremen putting up eight over the final two.
Abby Thieman of New Bremen was 5-for-5 with a triple and four runs batted in. Fox also had two hits.
JC`020 180 000 2—13`18`3
FL`500 203 100 0—11`20`2
WP: Rogers; LP: Koppin
Records: JC 3-3, FL 3-5.
Sidney 13, Trotwood 0
TROTWOOD — It was a big night for Sidney junior Maddie White in softball action at Trotwood.
She struck out 14 in tossing a four-hitter for Sidney, who won the game 13-0 to go to 7-5 on the year.
In addition, she doubled, tripled, scored twice and drove in two runs.
Hayden Spurgeon singled and doubled and scored twice, Morgan Carey singled, doubled, scored three and drove in two, and Summer Inman tripled.
WP: White; LP: Crider
Records: Sidney 7-5, Trotwood 0-6.
Houston 8, Anna 6
ANNA – Houston scored three in the top of the seventh to come from behind and beat Anna 8-6 in County softball Friday.
Houston is now 3-1 in the league and 3-5 overall heading into a doubleheader Saturday at Miami East. Anna falls to 1-2 and 2-5 and hosts Fairlawn Monday.
For Houston, Sarah Monnier singled and doubled, and Emilee Foster and Olivia Bowser both singled twice.
For Anna, Elaina Crosson singled twice and doubled, Chloe Spence and Macy Richard both had three hits and Taylor Spencer two hits.
Houston`320 000 3—8`13`4
Anna`401 001 0—6`14`1
WP: Felver; LP: Ontrop
Records: Houston 3-5, Anna 2-5.
Russia 18, Fairlawn 0
Russia rolled to an easy win over Fairlawn 18-0 Thursday in a game played at Fairlawn.
No report on the game was available.
Russia goes to 4-0 in the league and is now 8-3 overall. Fairlawn is 1-3 and 1-6.