Shawnee opens season against Miamisburg with a mixed bag


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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Big second inning helps boost Shawnee over Franklin


Braves score six runs in second, beat Franklin 10-0 to earn regional final berth.

MASON — Emily McKillip was at it again.

Shawnee’s senior pitcher struck out 13 batters and gave up one hit to help lift the Braves to a 10-0 win over Franklin in a Div. II regional semifinal game. McKillip batted in three runs in the second on a fly ball to center field that Franklin couldn’t field. The runs gave Shawnee a 5-0 lead and helped them solidify the lead.

“Emily’s just a stud,” junior second baseman Morgan Spitzer said of McKillip after the game. “No one can hit off of her. It’s pretty easy to play defense behind her. She’s really working hard. Her arm was hurting her, and she was fighting through it. She’s fighting through it; she’s awesome.” [Read more…]

Shawnee vs. Franklin regional semifinal | Audio Extra

Shawnee earned a 10-0 run-rule victory over Franklin in six innings on Wednesday at Mason in a Divsion II regional semifinal game. Shawnee pitcher Emily McKillip stretched her scoreless streak to 30 innings in the game. McKillip struck out 13 Franklin batters and allowed two hits in the game. The Braves capitalized on a couple of Franklin errors in the second inning and scored six runs. Shawnee never looked back and added three more in the fourth and one in the sixth. Karlee Sine and Aliya Saunders went 3-for-4 with 1 RBI each for Shawnee in the game. Morgan Spitzer went 2-for-3, while Lauren Linn and Morgan Loveless went 2-for-4. Shawnee totaled 13 hits in the game. The Braves advance to the regional finals and will play the winner of Northwestern vs. Alder. Listen to interviews with head coach Chris Roberts, Sine, and Spitzer below. If you missed our broadcast of the game, you can listen to the game in its entirety on our Broadcast Archives page.

Morgan Spitzer Postgame Interview

Karlee Sine Postgame Interview

Chris Roberts Postgame Interview

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Shawnee will try to repeat district performance against Franklin

Morgan Loveless hits

The Braves look to beat another SWBL team after beating Valley View 12-0 in district final.

WEST CARROLLTON — Morgan Loveless has one of the best seats in the field.

The senior center fielder says she has a perfect view every game to watch Shawnee pitcher Emily McKillip in the circle. Loveless watches the interaction between McKillip and catcher Taylor Priest, waiting for Priest to relay the pitching sign.

Most of all, Loveless enjoys watching McKillip’s pitches — the rise or drop of the pitch, and the varying speed. [Read more…]