By Josh Brown
CLAYTON — After knocking off a team seeded five places higher and then the No. 1 seed, 10th-seeded Milton-Union saw its run come to an end Monday in the Division III sectional softball championship game in a 4-2 loss to No. 6 Indian Lake at Northmont High School.
Anna Willson was 2 for 3 as both the Bulldogs and Lakers had six hits and three errors in the game — but Milton-Union left nine runners on base, and Indian Lake was able to take advantage of its chances.
“The girls played hard from beginning to end,” Milton-Union coach Curt Schaefer said. “We left nine runners on base, and that’s never a good thing. We had plenty of opportunities, had the bases loaded with one out in the first inning and really could’ve done some damage and put their backs against a wall.
“But the girls put themselves in a position to win the game in the end, and you can’t ask for more than that. I’m proud of how the girls finished the season, even though the regular season didn’t go the way we wanted. They played well and showed that they deserved to be there.”
FORT LORAMIE — Top-seeded Covington rallied from an early deficit Tuesday, turning a 3-1 Russia lead in the third inning into an 11-3 victory over the No. 7 Raiders in the Division IV sectional title game in Fort Loramie.
The Buccaneers (23-3) advance to the district final at noon Saturday in Eaton, where they await the winner between Felicity-Franklin and Georgetown.
PIQUA — Sixth-seeded Tippecanoe put together a late rally and went into the final inning even with No. 2 Greenville Tuesday, but in the end the Green Wave put together a later rally and put away an 8-3 victory in the Division II sectional title game at Piqua.
The Red Devils finished the season 10-15 but built some momentum going into next season, winning three of their last four. Tippecanoe will also see the Wave again next year — the Devils will join the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division next season.
* Track and Field
WEST MILTON/DAYTON — Miami East’s Devyn Carson and Covington’s Jett Murphy won district titles Tuesday, and a number of other local athletes punched their tickets to next week’s regional a little early at the first day of the Division III district track and field meet at Milton-Union High School.
Carson won the long jump (20-1.5) and teammate Justin Brown was third (19-0.25), just the beginning of the Vikings that qualified for district. Daniel Everett was second in the discus (140-9), the 4×800 team of Bryce Redick, Luke Mengos, Eric Austerman and Gavin Horn was second (8:31.18) and Trey Rush was third in the pole vault (12-6). And on the girls side, the 4×800 team of Lindsey Yingst, Lorenza Savini, Kaitlyn Mack and Marie Ewing was fourth (9:57.87).
Murphy was the only Buccaneer boy to qualify on the first day, setting a new personal best and winning the pole vault (14-0). And on the girls side, the 4×800 team of Paige Boehringer, Ashlyn Plessinger, Carly Shell and Anna Dunn was second (9:43.18), Lauren Hebert was third in the shot put (36-4.5) and Lillian Hamilton was fourth in the high jump (4-10).
And at the D-III district meet at Welcome Stadium, Bethel’s Bailey McCabe earned a spot in next week’s regional by placing fourth in the high jump (4-10).
Springboro 4, Troy 1
TROY — Before this week’s district tournament, the Troy tennis team finished the regular season with a 4-1 loss to Springboro in a makeup match on Monday to finish the year 17-2.
At third singles, Matt Schmitt won 6-1, 6-0 for the Trojans’ lone win.
At first singles, Shane Essick lost 6-4, 6-2. At second singles, Elijah Sadler lost 6-4, 7-6 (3). At first doubles, Andrew Magoteaux and Nick Prus lost 6-1, 6-1. At second doubles, Carter Hench and Jack Johnston lost 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (5).
“Springboro is the second-best team in the area, and we played a very competitive match,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “Matt Schmitt closed out his career with a very nice win, and we had a very positive season, winning the GWOC North and sectional singles and doubles titles.”
Tipp 6, Northmont 4
CLAYTON — The Tippecanoe baseball team scored all six of its runs in the fourth inning Monday, reaching the 20-win plateau by winning a makeup game at Northmont 6-4 over the Thunderbolts.
Evan Ford got the win on the mound, striking out four in five innings of work as the T-Bolts cashed in four Red Devil errors in the final two innings for three unearned runs. Andrew Kraska was 3 for 4 in the game and Cole Barhorst hit a two-run single in the six-run fourth inning to lead the way.
Tippecanoe (20-7) faces Springfield Shawnee in the Division II sectional title game Thursday at Tecumseh.
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