PLEASANT HILL — Longtime Lehman softball coach Bill Booth said it was “the best game we’ve played all year.”
Unfortunately, the Lady Cavs came up short, 4-1, despite an outstanding effort against the Division 4 Sectional Tournament’s No. 1 seed, the Newton Lady Indians, in semifinal play.
The loss left Lehman at 9-12 on the season with one game remaining on the schedule, Thursday at home against Ridgemont.
The Lady Cavs scored a run in the top of the first but coldn’t add to it, finishing with only four hits. But Lehman pitcher hailey Wick kept her team in the game with some strong pitching of her own.
“Hailey pitched a great game,” said Booth. “The whole team played great and I was really proud of them. It was a fun game to coach, and both teams played well.”
Sidney had two of Lehman’s four hits.
For Newton, Tackett had a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to erase Lehman’s early lead.
Lehman`100 000 0—1`4`1
Newton`200 020 x—4`8`0
WP: Rappold; LP: Wick.
Records: Lehman 9-12, Newton 17-5.
Russia 4, Bradford 2
RUSSIA — The No. 2-seeded Russia Lady Raiders advanced to the sectional finals with a tight 4-2 victory over Bradford in semifinal action at Russia Thursday.
Russia, now 18-6 on the season, advances to the finals on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at a site to be determined.
Bradford, 11-13, scored in the top of the first, but Russia came back with three in the second, the key hit being a two-run single by Lexi Monnin.
That was enough for Grace Saunders, who scattered seven hits.
Jenna Cordonnier added two singles for the Lady Raiders.
Bradford`101 000 0—2`7`1
Russia`031 000 x—4`5`1
WP: Saunders; LP: Cottrell
Records: Russia 18-6, Bradford 11-13.
Covington 17, FL 6
COVINGTON — Things started out great for the Fort Loramie Lady Redskins in D-4 Sectional semifinal action against fourth-seeded Covington Thursday on the road.
The Lady Redskins plated four runs in the top of the first, but Covington took control after that and beat them 17-6 to knock them out of postseason play.
Loramie is 9-16 and closes out the season Friday at home against league champion Russia.
Loramie plated four runs in the top of the first, with Morgan Holscher belting a two-run homer after two walks, an RBI single by Megan Koppin and a wild pitch produced two runs. And there were still no outs after all four runs came home.
But Covington came back with two in the first and one in the second, both helped along by Loramie errors.
The Lady Buccs then scored four in the third and eight more in the fourth, and the game ended in the bottom of the sixth on a home run.
The Lady Redskins had just four hits, with Holscher also having a double.
WP: K. Long; LP: Frilling
Records: Loramie 9-17, Covington 16-8.
Minster 9, Ridgemont 3
MINSTER — Third-seeded Minster advanced to the district semifinals Thursday with a 9-3 win over Ridgemont in Division 4 action at Minster.
The Lady Wildcats, 16-10, will take on No. 2 seed New Bremen in the semifinals on Wednesday at Wapakoneta.
New Bremen got past Marion Local 11-8 in another tournament game Thursday.
Minster led 1-0 after two, then got five runs in the bottom of the third to break it open.
Karly Richard led Minster’s 11-hit attack with three hits, and both Lindsey Albers and Danielle Barhorst had two hits each.
Emma Schmiesing and Albers both drove in three runs.
Ridgemont`000 001 2—3`5`2
Minster`105 120 x—9`11`6
WP: Poeppelman; LP: Knapp.
Records: Minster 17-9, Ridgemont 10-13.
Mech’burg 22, Botkins 0
MECHANICSBURG — Botkins bowed out of postseason play, losing to Mechanicsburg 22-0 in D-4 sectional play Thursday.
The Lady Trojans are now 1-17.
WP: Stapleton; LP: Skinner
Records: Botkins 1-17, Mechanicsburg 11-7.
Ansonia 10, Houston 0
HOUSTON — Houston hosted Ansonia in tournament play and was beaten 10-0 in five innings, Ansonia scoring all of its runs in the first two innings.
Houston, 13-12, had just three singles.
WP: Henderson; LP: Foster
Records: Houston 13-13, 11-14.