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Rockets shut out Hornets, Warriors top Lions, Cardinals
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Conotton Valley continued to dominate opponents on the softball field last week, including a 10-0 win over Malvern. The Lady Warriors of Carrollton picked up wins over Minerva and Sandy Valley as the teams reach the midway point of the season.
Conotton Valley 10, Malvern 0
A six run third inning propelled the host Rockets to a five-inning shutout win over Malvern in an Inter Valley Conference matchup April 18.
The rally was led by singles by Chloe Stuber and Delaney Peters, triple by Delilah Williams, a groundout by Jordyn Braun and a double by Maddison Kelley.
Kelley picked up the win for the Rockets. The hurler struck out 12 batters and walked four.
Kidder took the loss for Malvern. She gave up 13 hits, struck out four and walked one.
Carrollton 6, Minerva 5
The visiting Warriors broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the eighth for a cross-county victory.
The Lions went up 3-0 in the first inning and added a run in the second and sixth innings. Carrollton clawed its way back with single runs in the second, third and fifth inning and tied the score 5-5 with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh. In the top of the eighth, Bailey McClelland grounded out to the pitcher, Kiersten Ball grounded out to the short stop for the second out of the inning. Makayla Havens doubled to right field and Rylee Mercer doubled to right field to send Havens across the plate for the winning run.
Ball led the Warrior attack with a home run, double and single. She scored two runs and collected an RBI. Mercer and Havens both his doubles.
Bella Murray smacked a homerun for the Lions and Abby Ide hit a double. Kailey Delawder earned the win. The ace went the distance, giving nine hits, striking out two and walking one.
Sierra Cress took the loss. She pitched five innings in relief, giving up six hits, and walking two batters.
Carrollton 25, St. Clairsville 16
The Warriors outlasted the Red Devils and kept warm by running the bases in a game played April 17 at Carrollton in cold temperatures. Both teams had 10 hits.
The hosts exploded for nine runs in the first inning and 10 in the second of the five-inning game, adding three in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Fifteen Warriors stepped to the plate in the contest. The offense was led by Ball and Maleyna Havens with triples and Delawder, Hannah Little and Rylee Mercer with doubles. Ball drove in five runs, Havens and Phoebe Moyers, three apiece.
Delawder threw four innings to earn the win. She gave up four runs on four hits and struck out three. Little and Kenzie Owens both saw action out of the bullpen.
Carrollton 11, Sandy Valley 1
Carrollton out-hit the visiting Cardinals 12-1 in a non-league contest played April 15 on a cold afternoon at the Field of Dreams complex.
The hosts waited no time scoring, plating three runs in the first inning and one in the second to build a 4-0 lead before the Cards got their lone run on the board in the third inning. Carrollton added two runs in the bottom of the third and five in the fifth.
Havens went 2-for 3 at the plate with a triple and Osolin 2-for-3 with a double and McClelland 2-for-4 with a double. Delawder went the distance to earn the win, striking out four and walking two.
Conotton Valley 9, Newcomerstown 3
Clutch hitting by Masy Baker with runners in scoring position led the Rockets to win. She drove in four runs on two hits: a double in the first, a double in the second, and a fielder’s choice in the fourth. She also threw a complete game in the circle, allowing four hits and striking out 14 batters.
Conotton Valley 9, Newcomerstown 6
The Lady Rockets came from behind late in the game to top the Trojans for the second time this season. The game was tied at six with Conotton Valley batting in the top of the eighth when Jenica Frutig doubled on a 0-1 count to score two runs. Newcomerstown knotted the score in the bottom of the seventh on a wild pitch by Baker. Baker earned the win in the circle, giving up six runs on five hits over eight innings. She struck out 13 batters.
The winners collected 15 hits, led by Jordan Braun with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate.
Conotton Valley 5, Caldwell 0
(Double Header, game 1)
Baker threw a complete game shutout in game 1. The Rocket ace struck out 11 and gave up one hit. Williams, Peters and Braun all had one hit.
Conotton Valley 6, Caldwell 0
(Double Header, game 2)
Kelley followed up Baker’s performance with a shutout of her own in the second game. The starter struck out 11 and gave up three hits over seven innings of work.
Kelley led the offense by driving in four runs in a 2-for-3 performance at the plate that included a grand slam in the first and a triple in the third.
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