Lady Buccs split with state-ranked Kenton Ridge


Staff Reports

COVINGTON — The Covington softball team split a doubleheader with Kenton Ridge Saturday.

Covington lost the first game 5-1.

Covington’s lone run came on a home run by Lexie Long in the bottom of the seventh.

In the second game, the game was tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning,

Covington’s Sarah Hubbard led off the inning with a double and freshman Makenna Gostomsky was inserted as a pinch runner to put more speed on the base paths.

Shortly thereafter, junior Allison Babylon took a three-one pitch and drilled it into the gap for a walk-off RBI double —scoring Gostomsky.

“I told Zip (Allison Babylon) to stay aggressive and if you see a pitch you like, hit it,” Covington coach Dean Denlinger explained. “We are aggressive by nature. That’s just the way we play.”

Babylon’s offensive heroics at the end of the game overshadowed her performance in the circle in the second game as she went the distance in recording her first win of the season – which came against a state ranked team.

“Zip threw a great game,” praised Denlinger. “Yes, they had thirteen hits, but she made them earn it. Our defense played lights out and made some plays behind her.”

Brooke Gostomsky went the distance in the first game, but saw an outstanding effort result in a loss.

“Brooke threw well too,” said Denlinger. “That was one of her better games this year, but that team hits the ball very well. They have a lot of pop and speed up and down the lineup.”

Covington is now 12-2 on the season.

Lady Cats

sweep East

HOUSTON — Houston upped its record on the year to 7-2 with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Miami East Saturday in non-league softball action.

In the first game, Houston plated eight runs in the bottom of the first and rolled to an 11-4 win.

Sarah Monnier had three hits, including a double, and Micalah Hensley two hits with a double. Grace Riffell and Jenna Jarrett also doubled.

In the second game, Houston led 8-0 after six before giving up six runs in the top of the seventh. But the Lady Wildcats held on for the sweep.

Monnier had four hits for Houston, Macey Stang doubled twice and Kaytlyn Riffell and Grace Riffell both doubled.

FRIDAY

Lehman drops

heartbreaker

RIDGEWAY — Lehman battled back from a 4-0 deficit to tie, but Ridgemont pushed a run across in the bottom of the seventh to come away with a 7-6 victory in Northwest Central Conference softball Friday.

The loss left the Lady Cavs at 2-2 in the league and 4-3 overall.

Ridgemont scored four in the bottom of the first, but Grace Brandt belted a three-run homer over the fence for the Lady Cavs in the second. A run in the third and two in the fourth made it 6-5, but Ridgemont tied it in the bottom of the fourth. It stayed at 6-6 until the seventh.

Amanda Titterington had two hits and two runs batted in in addition to Brandt’s home run.

Lady Buccs

top Trail

COVINGTON — Covington improved to 11-1 on the season Friday with a 13-4 Cross County Conference victory over National Trail.

Offensively, the Buccaneers proved nearly impossible to get out. Justice Warner was 4-for-4 with a double, Ashley Cecil was 3-for-3 with a triple, Lexie Long hit another home run, Kara Schaffer was 3-for-4 with a triple, Sara Hubbord was 2- for-4 with a double and Allison Babylon was 3-for-3 with a double.

Brooke Gostomsky gave up six hits in 5 2-3 innings of work to get the win on the mound.

Lady Cats

rally for win

HOUSTON — The Houston Lady Wildcats spotted Coldwater a 2-0 lead, but settled in and came away with a 4-2 victory in non-league girls softball action Friday at Houston.

The win puts Houston at 5-2 on the year and drops Coldwater to 3-5.

Coldwater opened the game with three straight hits off Houston pitcher Kayla New, but she took over from there and allowed just one more hit the rest of the way.

Kaytlyn Riffel singled, doubled and drove in two for the Lady Wildcats, Sarah Monnier had two singles and scored twice, and Macey Stang had a double.

Lady Tigers

blank East

VERSAILLES – The Versailles softball team run ruled Miami East 10-0 in five innings on Friday.

Versailles jumped out to a big lead with eight runs in the first inning and then added one in the second and one in the fifth.

Versailles had 11 hits and two errors in the game while Miami East had two hits and four errors.

Ashlee Voisard was 3-for-3 with a stolen base, a RBI and a run scored. Kami McEldowney went 2-for-3 with a walk, two triples, two RBIs and a run scored. Lauren Heitkamp went 2-for-3 and drove in a run. Danielle Poor was 1-for-3 with a double, a stolen base, three RBIs and scored a run.

Hailey McEldowney went 1-for-2 with a walk, a RBI and two runs scored. Kristin Langston was 1-for-3 with a walk and scored two runs. Kate Stammen was 1-for-3, stole a base and scored a run. Sarah Gigandet walked once and scored a run. Anna Gehret also stole a base and scored a run.

Heitkamp pitched the complete game for Versailles, allowing no runs on two hits, one walk and four strikeouts.

Versailles improved to 4-4 with the win.

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