Category Archives: Softball

Courtney Lopez throws to first base

Kenton Ridge on roll since loss to Tippecanoe

Cougars gave up six runs in the seventh inning in loss against Red Devils on April 8.

SPRINGFIELD — Nobody wants to lose a game, especially to a league rival.

Kenton Ridge gave up six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in a Central Buckeye Conference game against Tippecanoe on April 8. The six runs erased Kenton Ridge’s 9-4 lead and boosted the Red Devils to a 10-9 win.

“It was a little heartbreaking because we were up so much,” Kenton Ridge junior pitcher Courtney Lopez said after an 11-0 win over West Liberty-Salem last Saturday. “They just got us on those hits. It just kind of sucked as a pitcher being in there and having them hit all that on you. But it just happens sometimes. We just had that one bad inning, and we can’t do anything about it now.”

The loss may have been just what Kenton Ridge needed.

Emily Schultz throws

Photo Gallery: West Liberty-Salem at Kenton Ridge

Kenton Ridge beat West Liberty-Salem 11-0 in five innings in a nonconference game on Saturday at Ed Foulk Field. Read more about the game in this article. View five more photos of the game on the Top Billing Sports Photo Store.

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Kenton Ridge run-rules West Liberty-Salem for tenth-straight win

Cougars capitalize on 15 hits and three Tiger errors in 11-0 win on Saturday.

SPRINGFIELD — When Courtney Lopez smacked a pitch toward center field in the bottom of the second inning on Saturday against West Liberty-Salem, she thought she had hit a routine fly out. However, the way West Liberty-Salem fielded on many plays on Saturday was anything but routine.

Lopez’s hit dropped just a few feet from the fence and over the outstretched hand of West Liberty center fielder Kylie Gilroy for a triple. Brittany Harting scored from first on the play to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead.

“I thought it was just a popup to the center fielder,” Lopez said after the game. “Everyone was yelling at me to keep running, so I just did. It didn’t feel like a big hit, but I guess that happens.”

Photo Gallery: Springfield at Kenton Ridge

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.

Parker Stewart throws

Kenton Ridge opens season with comeback win

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.

Springfield at Kenton Ridge | TBSN Audio Extra

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

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The opening day that wasn’t, and a look ahead

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.

Kenton Ridge senior Paige McCrary (center) receives the state runner-up trophy with other seniors following Licking Valley's 6-5 win over Kenton Ridge in the Division II state title game last Saturday at Firestone Stadium in Akron. It was the fourth runner-up finish in school history for Kenton Ridge. (Top Billing Sports Photo by Bryant Billing)

State softball notes: Kenton Ridge proud of resilience

Kenton Ridge finished season 31-3 and with fourth runner-up finish in school history.

AKRON — Kenton Ridge could see all hope of a state title slipping away in the fifth inning of the Division II state final game against Newark Licking Valley last Saturday at Firestone Stadium in Akron.

Licking Valley took a 6-2 lead after two runners scored on an error by Kenton Ridge second baseman Monika Foster. The runs marked the second consecutive three-run inning for Licking Valley.

But Kenton Ridge did what it had done many times over the course of the season — make a comeback.

Photo Gallery: Kenton Ridge vs. Licking Valley

Licking Valley defeated Kenton Ridge 6-5 in the Division II state final game on Saturday at Firestone Stadium in Akron. Kenton Ridge finished the season with a 31-3 overall record and captured the fourth runner-up finish in school history. Top Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing.

Kenton Ridge's softball team walks off the field following a 6-5 loss to Newark Licking Valley in the Division II state final game on Saturday. The Cougars finished with a 31-3.

Kenton Ridge falls 6-5 in Div. II state title game

Licking Valley plays small-ball early to take lead the Panthers’ wouldn’t lose. 

AKRON — The Kenton Ridge Cougars softball team was on a magical run to the Division II state championship game and on the heels of a 20-game winning streak. They picked an unfortunate time for things to go wrong. Kenton Ridge’s run ended in the with a 6-5 loss to Newark Licking Valley in the title game on Saturday.

Coming off of the heels of a nail-biting pitcher’s duel in the 1-0 state semifinal victory over Granville and amidst the 20-game streak, the Cougars had relied on timely hitting and precision defense to survive and advance. Pitcher Courtney Lopez had been a crafty pitcher who would wiggle out of some of the tightest jams. Things went a little south in all aspects against Licking Valley.