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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.
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.
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.
Courtney Lopez’s sixth-inning single scores only run of game.
AKRON — Granville sophomore pitcher Abby Barker was the fifth OHSFSCA Division II all star to have thrown against Kenton Ridge this season. There was no doubt after the game from Kenton Ridge head coach Sarah Ivory, outfielder Brittany Harting, and pitcher Courtney Lopez that Barker was the best pitcher the Cougars had seen all season.
Unfortunately for Barker, she became the fifth such all-star pitcher to lose to Kenton Ridge this season.
The Cougars beat Granville 1-0 in a Division II state semifinal game at Firestone Stadium last night. Kenton Ridge (31-2) will face Newark Licking Valley in the Division II state final game tonight at 7 p.m. at Firestone Stadium.
Notes and observations from Akron.
The “Team of Destiny” is destined for one more game. The Kenton Ridge Lady Cougars softball team defeated Granville 1-0 on Friday night June 7 to earn their chance to win the Division II state title. It was a game you could hear live on the Top Billing Sports Network which you can now listen to on our Broadcast Archives page. The Lady Cougars are 31-2 and will play for the state championship against Newark Licking Valley on Saturday at Firestone Stadium. Game time scheduled for 7:00 pm.
Notes and Observations from the broadcast booth:
Things looked troublesome on offense for Kenton Ridge in the early going as Granville’s pitcher, first team All-Ohio selection Abby Barker blazed her fastball past batter after Cougar batter racking up seven strikeouts after four innings of play. She finished with at total of eleven K’s.
Kenton Ridge beat Granville 1-0 in a Division II state semifinal game on Friday night at Firestone Stadium in Akron. A single from Kenton Ridge sophomore pitcher Courtney Lopez in the sixth inning scored Brittany Harting from first base for the game’s only run. The Cougars move on to face Newark Licking Valley in the Division II state final game on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Read more about the game here. Top Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing.
Sophomore Courtney Lopez leads Kenton Ridge in the circle with 1.87 ERA.
SPRINGFIELD — Between mid-April and early May, Kenton Ridge had a stretch where it played 17 games in 20 days. After getting into the habit of playing so often, sophomore pitcher Courtney Lopez has found the wait from Kenton Ridge’s regional final win over Greenville last Saturday to its state semifinal to be long.
“The only thing that stinks is the anticipation to the game,” Lopez said during a Top Billing Sports radio show at O’Conner’s Irish Pub on Wednesday. “We have all this week and it’s just going by really slow for me. It’s just a great opportunity for everyone. I’m excited to be pitching as a sophomore in a state semifinal game.”
Kenton Ridge takes on Granville in a Division II state semifinal game at Akron’s Firestone Stadium on Friday night at a time to be determined. The Cougars (30-2) owe a large part of their success in the season to Lopez’s success in the circle.
SPRINGFIELD — Kenton Ridge’s cleanup hitter Paige McCrary has given several speeches before games this season, and though her teammates say otherwise, McCrary doesn’t think of herself as too inspiring.
“I pretty much say the same thing in every speech,” McCrary said during a Top Billing Sports radio show at O’Conner’s Irish Pub on Wednesday. “I’m pretty monotone when I give the speeches. I don’t try to pump (my teammates) up or be motivational or anything. I’ve just said what needs to be said.”
While McCrary may not be joining Toastmaster’s anytime soon, she hasn’t needed words to inspire teammates. Her hitting numbers are inspiring enough on their own.
A storm system will be effecting the area for Thursday, June the 6th, and Friday, June the 7th, 2013 producing scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Some of the rain could be locally heavy. The temperatures for the softball games in Akron, Ohio for Friday, June the 7th and Saturday, June the 8th, 2013 should be in the 70s to the lower 80s for highs and lows mostly in the 60s.
MASON — Kenton Ridge head coach Sarah Ivory didn’t know what exactly sparked a five-hit, six-run first inning in the Cougars’ 6-2 win over Greenville in a Division II regional final game on Saturday. But if the Cougars are superstitious, they may want to nap on the drive from Springfield to Akron this Friday.
“They all took naps on the bus,” Ivory said after game on Saturday. “I looked back there and they were all laying down. So maybe we’ll have to lay down all the way to Akron.”
The win was the 19th consecutive victory for Kenton Ridge and it earned the Cougars their first regional title in ten years. The Cougars will face Granville in a Division II state semifinal game on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Firestone Stadium in Akron.