Kenton Ridge beat Springfield 3-2 in extra innings in a nonconference game on Tuesday at Ed Foulk Field. Springfield took an early 2-0 lead before Kenton Ridge scored the next three runs in win in eight innings. It was the Cougars’ first game of the season. Springfield dropped to 0-2 with the loss. Read more about the game in this article. View more photos of the game in our Photo Store.
Down 2-0 after innings, Kenton Ridge scored the last three runs to beat Springfield in extra innings.
SPRINGFIELD — The Comeback Cougars did it again.
Kenton Ridge started the 2014 season doing what it did many times in its 2013 campaign. Kenton Ridge’s run to the Division II state title game last season featured many come-from-behind wins. They made so many of them both in regular season and the tournament that some referred to the squad with the moniker “Comeback Cougars.”
Leave it to the Comeback Cougars to start the 2014 season with another come-from-behind victory.
Kenton Ridge beat Springfield 3-2 on Tuesday night in extra innings in the Cougars’ first game of the season. Sophomore third baseman Sarah Albaugh scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning after an RBI single from Carlie Castiaux. Springfield led 2-0 after runs in the second and third innings, but Kenton Ridge got two runs in the fifth inning to force extra innings. Learic Kinser was 3-for-4 in the game for Kenton Ridge with one run and two stolen bases, while Brittany Harting was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Junior pitcher Courtney Lopez pitched all eight innings for the Cougars and stuck out two. Lopez held Springfield to two hits. Madison Taber pitched 7 2/3 innings for Springfield and had three strikeouts. Listen to interviews with Kenton Ridge head coach Sarah Schalnat, Kinser, and Springfield head coach Becky Santonastaso below. If you missed Top Billing Sports’ broadcast of the game, listen to the game in its entirety on our Broadcast Archives page.
Sarah Schalnat Postgame Interview
Learic Kinser Postgame Interview
Becky Santonastaso Postgame Interview
Heavy rain on Saturday morning forced the postponement of all area games.
BEAVERCREEK — A lone elderly man sat in his car outside the centerfield fence at Rotary Field on Saturday morning. Heavy rain poured around him and the surrounding Rotary Park, as it did across all of the Miami Valley. Perhaps out of blind hope, he waited for what was to have been a doubleheader between Beavercreek and Kenton Ridge’s softball teams, the season opener for both.
The only hardball that could be seen in the Dayton area on Saturday morning was a DVR of the MSNBC show. All area prep baseball and softball games were postponed due to the weather.
It was far from a good start to the spring sports season. Temperatures hovered in the 30s, and cold rain turned to snow as the day progressed. Opening day for baseball seemed more like an opening day for basketball.
Senior guard scores four points in overtime to help earn St. Edward Division I state final.
COLUMBUS — St. Edward overcame a six-point fourth quarter deficit in the Division I state final game on Saturday night a Value City Arena to beat Upper Arlington 62-58 in overtime and earn the state championship. Senior guard Malcom Walters was key in the overtime for St. Edward, hitting the Eagles’ first basket and making two crucial free throws later in the quarter to give the Eagles a four-point lead.
St. Edwards held the ball for the first two minutes in overtime. Walters hit a basket with 1:51 left to give St. Edward a two-point lead. Upper Arlington followed with two free throws from Danny Hummer with 1:41 left to tie the game at 54-54.
Martyce Kimbrough scores 18 first-half points and Xavier Simpson scores 16 second-half points to lift Central Catholic to Div. III title.
COLUMBUS — Lima Central Catholic held off a late rally by Cleveland Villa-Angela-St. Joseph in the Division III state championship game and defeated the Vikings 64-62 to capture the title on Saturday afternoon at Value City Arena.
Sophomore guard Xavier Simpson came up big for Lima Central Catholic scoring 18 points with 16 of them coming in the second half to hold off a VASJ comeback. Lima Central Catholic raced to a halftime lead of 34-25 behind the scoring of Martyce Kimbrough who had 18 of his game-high 22 points for the Thunderbirds.
Crestview scores the first 18 points of the third quarter to help earn Division IV state title.
COLUMBUS — Convoy Crestview scored the first 18 points of the third quarter to run away from St. Thomas Aquinas and help earn a 71-44 win. With the win, Crestview captured the Division IV state title and completed a wire-to-wire 29-0 undefeated season.
Damian Helm led Crestview with 20 points, including three three-pointers. Tyson Bolenbaugh scored 18 points and had eight rebounds for Crestview. Connor Lautzenheiser scored 11 points, and Preston Zaleski scored 10.
A 16-4 first-half run helps Norwalk earn a 65-58 win and Division II state title.
COLUMBUS — It took 15 years, but Norwalk head coach Steve Gray was welcomed to a state championship news conference.
Gray, in his thirteenth season at Norwalk, has been to a news conference after a state championship game before. It was 1989 when current Norwalk assistant coach Tom Foster was an assistant at Lexington, who won the Division II state title that season. Gray was given press credentials by a radio station to attend the game.
“The radio station gave me press credentials so I could sit on press row,” Gray said. “I went into the press conference, and a little guy over in the corner said, ‘Who is that guy?’ and they threw me out. I’m glad I was allowed in today.”
Golden Bears went on 18-0 run over eight-minute stretch in first half to pull away from Trotwood.
COLUMBUS — Trotwood-Madison’s motto this season is “do what we do.” In a Division I state semifinal game on Friday night at Value City Arena, it was Upper Arlington that stayed true to the “do what we do” motto.
Upper Arlington gained the upper hand through an 18-0 run in the first half and throttled Trotwood Madison 74-49 in the second Division I semifinal of the night.
“I thought our preparation was spot on,” Upper Arlington head coach Tim Casey said after the game. “I thought they were going to pick up pressure at every opportunity and miss and they were going to pressure a do a little bit of full court and I thought the best thing they did in watching in preparing for the game was half court pressure. I thought our guys did a pretty good job of… staying aggressive to score. We did the type of things that we had to do against a team that pressures like that that we had to do.”
Hot-shooting Eagles go on 19-0 run in first quarter to pull ahead en-route to a 89-64 win.
COLUMBUS — Lakewood St. Edward dominated Cleveland East Tech 89-64 on Friday afternoon at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at the Ohio State University. The win moves the Eagles into the state final game on Saturday night.
Lakewood blistered the nets early and often. The game was tied 6-6 three minutes into the game, but St. Edward scored the next 19 points and took a 28-12 lead by the end of the first quarter. The route was on.