Category Archives: Softball

Claudia Spitzer dives for ball

Photo Gallery: Shawnee vs. Alder regional final

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.

Emily McKillip pitches

Shawnee, Alder will face off for first state berth

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.”

Kristin Pencil swings

Photo Gallery: Northwestern vs. Alder regional semifinal

Alder beat Northwestern 6-2 in a Division II regional semifinal game at Mason on Thursday. The Pioneers scored four runs in the second and never looked back. Listen to a postgame  interview with Alder head coach Dave McGrew here.

Taylor Yontz runs

Photo Gallery: Shawnee vs. Franklin regional semifinal

Shawnee beat Franklin 10-0 in six innings in a Division II regional semifinal game on Wednesday at Mason. Shawnee pitcher Emily McKillip threw 13 strikeouts and allowed three hits. Read more about the game in this article.

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.”

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

Morgan Loveless hits

Shawnee will try to repeat district performance against Franklin

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.

Shawnee hoists trophy

Shawnee sprints into regionals with run-rule win

Shawnee earned the school’s first district title in a 12-0 win over Valley View.

WEST CARROLLTON — Valley View discovered quickly that Shawnee senior ace Emily McKillip was as good as billed, and so were her teammates’ bats.

McKillip allowed one hit and struck out 10 as Shawnee made quick work of Valley View in a 12-0 win on Saturday morning at West Carrollton High School. The Braves scored eight runs in the first inning and never looked back.

Shawnee earned a district championship with the win. The Braves advance to the regionals will face Jonathan Alder on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Mason.

Shawnee vs. Valley View Postgame Interviews | Audio Extra

Shawnee beat Valley View 12-0 in a Division II district final game at West Carrollton this morning. The Braves scored eight runs in the first inning and never looked back. Emily McKillip allowed one hit in the game and struck out ten Valley View batters Aliya Saunders went 3-for-3 with 1 RBI and scored three runs. Lauren Linn, Morgan Spitzer, and Taylor Priest each batted in two runs. Due to a computer crash, our archive is unavailable. However, interviews below with Shawnee head coach Chris Roberts, Morgan Loveless, and Saunders are available below. The Braves will play Franklin in a regional semifinal game this Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Mason High School.

Chris Roberts Postgame Interview

Morgan Loveless Postgame Interview

Aliya Saunders Postgame Interview