Kenton Ridge pulls away from Tippecanoe in late innings

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Cougars overcome 2-1 deficit and beat Tippecanoe 10-2 for first conference win.

TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe had no answer for Kenton Ridge outfielder Learic Kinser. Tipp coach Clay Lavercombe jokingly asked Kenton Ridge coach Sarah Schalnat midway through Monday’s conference opener to have Kinser call her shots at the plate.

“That’s the only way we’ll know where’s she’s hitting the ball,” Lavercombe said.

It still may not have helped Tippecanoe the way Kinser hit pitcher Megan Rittenhouse. Kinser hit on the first pitch of every at-bat and rocketed long hits to every point in the outfield along with a hard ground ball in the infield. [Read more…]

Roundup: Shawnee softball blasts Beavercreek

Springfield baseball pulls away late in 8-3 win over Northwestern.

SPRINGFIELD — Shawnee’s softball team bounced back from a run rule loss on Monday by pounding Beavercreek 18-4 in seven innings on Wednesday night.

The Braves scored four runs in the third inning and led the rest of the game, but really pulled away with nine runs in the seventh inning. All nine runs came with two outs. [Read more…]

Roundup: Kenton Ridge softball run rules Springfield

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Springfield baseball earns 2-1 extra innings win over Kenton Ridge.

SPRINGFIELD — The Kenton Ridge Cougars are off to a quick start to the 2015 softball season. Kenton Ridge earned an 11-0 win in five innings against Springfield on Tuesday, a night after opening the season with a 12-2 win over Beavercreek.

The Wildcats committed nine errors in the game, and Kenton Ridge took full advantage. Kenton Ridge set the tone early against Springfield with eight runs in the top of the first inning and added two in the third and one in the fourth. [Read more…]

Shawnee opens season against Miamisburg with a mixed bag

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Braves earn come-from-behind victory in first game but lose run-rule in second game of doubleheader.

SPRINGFIELD — Fresh off of a run to the regional finals, Shawnee looked like a contender again in its season opener against Miamisburg… for a few hours.

Shawnee came back from a one-run deficit and beat the Vikings 6-4 in the first game of a spring break Monday afternoon doubleheader. But the Braves looked less than mediocre in a 14-1 loss in five innings in game two. [Read more…]

Miamisburg at Shawnee | TBSN audio extra

Shawnee beat Miamisburg 6-4 in the first game of a doubleheader on Monday, while the Vikings won the second game 14-1. McKenna Schwortz went 9-of-9 in the doubleheader for Miamisburg, while Claudia Spitzer and Grace Miller both went 3-for-3 in the first game for Shawnee. Listen to our postgame interview with head coach Chris Roberts below.

If you missed our broadcast of the doubleheader, you can listen to both games in their entirity  on our Broadcast Archives page. [Read more…]

Photo Gallery: Shawnee vs. Alder regional final

Claudia Spitzer dives for ball

Alder scored two runs in the top of the seventh yesterday against Shawnee to earn an 8-7 come-from-behind win over the Braves. The Pioneers earned their first state tournament berth and regional championship with the win. They will play Licking Valley in a Division II semifinal game on Thursday at 12:30. Shawnee finished the season 26-4.

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Shawnee, Alder will face off for first state berth

Emily McKillip pitches

Shawnee pitcher Emily McKillip hasn’t allowed a run in her last 30 innings, while Alder pitcher Mady Watson struck out 7 against Northwestern.

MASON — The Shawnee Braves were frantic. The team’s bus driver got lost on the drive to Mason from Springfield as the slated first pitch time drew near.

But the Braves found Mason’s stadium 30 minutes before first pitch and got on the field in time, albeit with little warm up time.

“We literally warmed up in like 30 minutes,” junior second baseman Morgan Spitzer said. “But we’re pretty good at that. We don’t need a lot of warm up time.” [Read more…]

Northwestern vs. Alder regional semifinal | TBSN Audio Extra

Alder scored four runs in the second inning to take the lead for good en-route to a 6-2 win over Northwestern in a Division II regional semifinal game at Mason on Thursday night. The Pioneers got three consecutive hits in the inning t help overcome a 1-0 Northwestern advantage. Alder added another run in each of the fourth and fifth innings, while Northwestern added another in the fifth. The Warriors had three hits in the game, and Alder pitcher Mady Watson struck out seven Northwestern batters. Maddie Crew went 2-for-4 for Northwestern and stole two bases. The Warriors finish the season 27-4. Alder advances to play Shawnee in a regional final game on Saturday at Mason. Listen to interviews with Alder head coach Dave McGraw and Northwestern head coach Missy Johnson below. If you missed our broadcast of the game, listen to the game in its entirety on our Broadcast Archives page.

Dave McGrew Postgame Interview

Missy Johnson Postgame Interview

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