PREBLE COUNTY — National Trail and Tri-County North softball picked up wins this week as the season begins to wind down.
National Trail (8-8, 4-6 CCC) goes 2-2 on week
National Trail began its week with a 29-1 domination of New Miami on Monday, April 26.
The Blazers had a 16-run opening frame, all but securing the win early on. Madison Hathaway pitched all five innings, picking up the win.
Molly Skinner and J’da Jackson each finished 5-for-5 at the plate; Skinner finished with two doubles, three RBIs and four runs scored, while JAckson had a double, triple, four RBIs and three runs scored.
Jenna Petitt and Zoey Lee were also perfect at the plate, with Petitt finishing 4-for-4 with two triples and three RBIs while Lee was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.
Kayleigh Michael was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and four runs scored, and Skyler Ward was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and four runs scored.
On Tuesday, April 27, the Blazers fell in an 11-1 loss to Miami East.
The Vikings jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first before adding a run in the fourth and another five-run inning in the sixth for the 11-1 final.
The Blazers were led at the plate by Jenna Petitt, who finished 1-for-3 with a double, and Skyler Ward, who finished 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Trail responded with a 7-1 win over Mississinawa Valley on Friday, April 30.
Jackson threw a complete seven-inning game, giving up four hits and striking out five while picking up the win.
Down 1-0 through the third, Trail scored three runs in the fourth and four in the sixth for the 7-1 final.
Maddie Harrison led at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, four RBIs and a run scored. Skinner was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Ward finished 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Kayleigh Michael went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored, and Petitt went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.
Trail finished the week with a 12-8 loss to Northeastern (Ind.) on Saturday, May 1.
After going up 4-1 after the first inning, Northeastern exploded for eight runs in the third inning before tacking on runs in the fifth and seventh.
The Blazers were led at the plate by Petitt, who finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Michael was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Skinner and Rylee Minner both went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
The Blazers will host Valley View on Monday, May 3 and travel to Tri-County North on Tuesday, May 4, before hosting Twin Valley South on Thursday, May 6, and Dixie on Saturday, May 8.
Preble Shawnee (7-11, 5-6 SWBL) drops lone game, suffers cancellation
Preble Shawnee lost its lone game this week, a 7-6 defeat against Mississinawa Valley on Tuesday.
The Arrows led 6-4 after the sixth inning, but two runs in the seventh by Mississinawa Valley sent the game to extra innings.
Tied at six in the bottom of the ninth, Mississinawa Valley doubled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run and taking the win.
Roni Dearth took the loss for Preble Shawnee, going eight innings and allowing seven runs on 15 hits, striking out 13 and walking one.
Preble Shawnee collected 14 hits and Mississinawa Valley had 15.
Dearth, Katie Craft, Kendel George, and Taylor Murray all collected multiple hits for Preble Shawnee. Dearth led at the plate with four hits in five at bats.
Preble Shawnee also got started against Carlisle on Wednesday, April 28, before the game was cancelled due to weather. The Arrows trailed 10-3 in the fourth inning before it was called.
The Arrows will play four games this week to wrap up their regular season, beginning with a pair of home games against Franklin Monroe and Northmont on Monday, May 3, and Tuesday, May 4, respectively. Shawnee will then travel to face Monroe on Wednesday, May 5, and Tri-County North on Thursday, May 6.
Tri-County North (11-9, 6-5 CCC) goes 1-2 on week
The Panthers opened their week with a 15-2 loss to Miami East on Monday and a 4-2 loss to Covtington on Tuesday.
North responded with a 21-10 win over Valley View on Saturday.
Up 11-10 after four innings, the Panthers scored three runs in the fifth and sixth, as well as four runs in the seventh, across 21 hits for the 21-10 win.
The Panthers will host three home games this week, beginning with National Trail on Tuesday, May 4, Preble Shawnee on Thursday, May 6 and Eaton on Friday, May 7.
Twin Valley South falls to 3-10, 0-10 CCC
Twin Valley South fell in a pair of games this week against Bethel, 18-5, and Covington, 24-0.
The Panthers will travel to Miami East on Tuesday, May 4, before finishing at National Trail on Thursday, May 6, and hosting a doubleheader against Stivers on Saturday, May 8.