The Jonathan Alder baseball team stayed undefeated on the young season following a 7-3 defeat of visiting River Valley Monday, April 3.
Better late than never could have been the theme for the Pioneers (4-0, 1-0 in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference) as they scored five times in the home half of the sixth inning breaking a 2-2 tie and propelling themselves to another victory.
Colton Swick scattered six hits as he kept the Vikings from having a big inning.
Worthington Christian 8,
The Red Raiders (2-3, 0-1 in Mid-State League Ohio Division) could only muster four hits in the loss Monday.
London’s Tristan Maynard took the loss on the hill.
West Jefferson 12,
Look out for the Roughriders (5-1, 1-0 in MSL).
That’s what opposing teams will be telling each other if the team continues to play the way it has lately. West Jeff was dominate Monday in knocking off host Grandview in the Mid-State League Ohio Division opener for both teams.
Shane Gray threw a three-hit shutout, striking out five batters in the five innings of work.
In addition to mowing down Bobcats batters, Gray had a 2-run double in the first inning and finished with a pair of hits and a total of three runs batted in.
West Jeff had 11 hits in the game, which included multiple hits by Gray, Lance Lambert and Cole Howard. Jake Boyd also had a big hit in the fifth inning.
West Jefferson 16,
The Roughriders (3-0, 1-0 in Mid-State League Ohio Division) opened up league play in impressive fashion, downing the host Bobcats 16-3 Monday evening.
West Jeff pounded out 18 hits in the run-rule shortened contest.
“The girls played a great game tonight,” West Jeff coach Jim Stevens said. “They hit the ball very well.”
The team was also sharp in the field behind winning pitcher Isabelle Fisher, who allowed three runs on nine hits.
“Defensively we were very sound,” the coach said. “Grandview put the ball in play and the girls defended it well. We explained that we need to stay focused and take it one game at a time.”
River Valley 10,
Jonathan Alder 4
Lady Pioneers (2-2, 1-1) coach Dave McGrew knew before the season started that he would have plenty ups and downs with his extremely young team.
After opening the season with a pair of victories, his team has run into a pair of good squads and dropped back-to-back games, the most recent was the opener of the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division.
River Valley scored four times in the second inning and were ahead 6-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Alder’s bats came to life as the Pioneers plated three runs of their own to make it 6-4 heading into the seventh frame. But the Lady Vikings eliminated any thought of an Alder comeback, as they scored four more times in the top of the last inning for a comfortable 10-4 win.
Alder’s Katelyn Perkins suffered the loss inside the circle.
Worthington Christian 8,
The Red Raiders (1-3, 0-1 in MSL Ohio) dropped their league opener, falling in a tight contest to the Warriors.
London trailed 8-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth and last inning, when it put together a huge rally. The Raiders scored six runs in the frame but couldn’t push across the tying run and ultimately came up one run short.
Serena Crawford had two singles and batted in a pair of runs. Ryleigh Bexfield collected a triple and had three RBI.
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