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Indian Creek’s Trinity Taylor pitches during Monday’s OVAC All-Star softball game at the I-470 Complex in Wheeling – Kim North

ELM GROVE – Ohio brought its bats to the annual OVAC Tom Bechtel All-Star Softball Game on Monday evening.

The Buckeye State squad hit 13 safeties, including four in a five-run eighth inning that broke up a tight game for a 10-2 victory at Lisa’s Field at the JB Chambers I-470 Ballfields.

Clinging to a slim 2-1 lead entering the top of the eighth, Ohio sent nine batters to the plate to increase the margin to 7-1.

“We strung together some hits and got some runs,” Jerry Magistro of Martin Ferry, one of four Ohio coaches, said. “It was a damn game. Our pitching was very good and we had some good defensive plays that helped.

“You want to go out and have fun in a game like this. I think the girls all had fun and did that by winning,” Magistro added.

Edison’s Rebecca Evans walked in the opening stages and Cambridge’s Jazz Bell followed suit to kick-start the outburst. Caldwell’s Katie Franklin tried to advance the runners with a bunt, but she came in before the plate and Linsly catcher Alayna Cook made a spectacular diving catch to keep the runners from going anywhere. However, Indian Creek’s Trinity Taylor hit a line drive down the right field line that chased Evans and Bell for a two-run double. Toronto’s Michelle Anderson ripped a single up the middle as Taylor raced home. Anderson would come around on a double to right-center by Beallsville’s Kinley Hughes, who was thrown out attempting a triple. Union Local’s Lauren Miller reached on an error and stole second. She would score when Caldwell’s Jadyn Haught singled through the right side of the infield to make it 7-1.

The Buckeyes scored three more runs in the ninth when Barnesville’s Ellie Thompson singled to lead off. With two outs, Warren Local’s Mya Miller reached on an error as Thompson crossed the plate before Edison’s Pressley Meadows ripped a runscoring single to center. She would score on an error.

Meadows was responsible for Ohio’s first run with a solo home run to deep left field in the fourth.

W.Va. tied the game when Madonna’s Carmella Pulice grounded out, but University’s Ashlyn Warner scored on the play.

Ohio took the lead again in the sixth with a pair of two-out singles from Cambridge’s Abby Mann and Caldwell’s Sydney Saling. There was a free run to Haught in between when Saling hit Mann’s left.

W.Va got its second run in the bottom of the ninth with one out when Linsly’s Gia Recrosio reached on an error and raced around the bases on a double to the left corner by Morgantown’s Emily Peterson.

Four Ohio pitchers limited W.Va. to just five hits – two by Warner of the Class AAA state champion Hawks. Mann notched the win inside the circle as she pitched the fifth sixth innings, striking out two and walking one. The Buckeyes combined for eight Ks and three free passes.

The Mountaineers had three pitchers in the rubber. They combined for 11 punchouts and five base-on-balls.

“It was a good match. It’s all about having fun, and I think all the girls did,” Morgantown head coach Lori Lipscomb said of the W.Va players. “The camaraderie in the dugout was great. That’s what it’s all about.”


• The OVAC Players of the Year in each of the five classes received a plaque during breaks in the action. The five were Masey Baker (1A) of Conotton Valley; Michelle Anderson of Toronto (2A); Josie Frizzell of Wheeling Central (3A); Trinity Taylor of Indian Creek (4A); and Ava Blake of John Marshall (5A).

• The OVAC Coach of the Year was also recognized. Morgantown’s Lori Lipscomb received a plaque for leading the fourth-seeded Mohigans to the Class 5A championship.

• Special recognition was given to referees Norm Whitlatch and Dan Delande for their lifelong service to the OVAC. Unfortunately, Delande passed away last Thursday.

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