PREBLE COUNTY — National Trail and Tri-County North softball each won a sectional title this week as postseason softball play continues.
National Trail (12-9, 5-7 CCC) upsets Milton-Union 8-5
On Wednesday, May 12, the No.3 ranked Milton-Union Bulldogs were all that stood between No. 11 National Trail and a sectional title.
The underdog heading into the matchup, the Blazers looked the part early on as Milton-Union took a 5-2 lead heading into the fifth inning.
From that point on, however, it was all National Trail.
Skyler Ward reached first on a single in the fifth, followed by Maddie Harrison reaching on an error.
With two on, Kayleigh Michael hit a two-run double to make it 5-4 before holding the Bulldogs in the bottom of the fifth.
In the sixth, Rylee Minner kicked things off with a solo shot over the left field fence to tie things up at five-all.
Milton-Union failed to score in the sixth, and following a scoreless seventh, the postseason softball match went to extra innings.
Minner led off again, this time in the eight inning, with a single, followed by another single from J’da Jackson.
Ward was then intentionally walked, and with based loaded, Harrison hit a single to give the Blazers a 6-5 lead. For good measure, Michael hit another single to the left field fence to score two more runs, giving Trail an 8-5 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth.
Milton-Union’s leadoff hitter connected on a double, but after a strikeout by Ward and two fly balls, the Blazers were able to take home the 8-5 upset over the Bulldogs.
Ward threw the final fvie innings, giving up five hits and striking out five.
Minner led at the plate, going 4-for-4 with the game-tying home run in the top of the sixth, two RBIs and two runs scored. Michael finished 3-for-5 with a team-high five RBIs and a double. Ward went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases.
Before upsetting the Bulldogs, the Blazers got past Northeastern 11-2 on Monday, May 10.
J’da Jackson pitched 3 1/3 innings, and Ward came in relief and pitched the final 3 1/3 innings while picking up the win.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Northeastern tied things up 2-2 heading into the fifth, where the Blazers pulled off a six-run inning to take an 8-2 lead. Three more runs in the sixth gave Trail the 11-2 win.
Jenna Petitt led the Blazers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Ward was 3-for-5 with a triple, two RBIs and three runs scored. Kayleigh Michael finished 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored.
The Blazers are scheduled to travel to Versailles on Tuesday, May 18.
Tri-County North (14-10, 7-5 CCC) wins sectional title
Tri-County North won a sectional title after defeating Lehman Catholic 12-2 on Thursday, May 13.
After two scoreless innings, the Panthers opened things up in the third inning with a five-run frame to take a 5-0 lead.
Lehman Catholic put a run on the board in the fourth and fifth, but another five-run inning for the Panthers in the fifth iced the postseason contest. North added an insurance run in the sixth for the 12-2 final.
The Panthers finished with nine hits on the day, limiting Lehman Catholic to just five.
North is scheduled to travel to Mechanicsburg on Tuesday, May 18.
Preble Shawnee’s (9-13, 5-6 SWBL) postseason got off to a hot start with a 9-2 win over Bethel on Monday, May 10, before suffering a 21-0 loss to Carlisle on Wednesday, May 12 in the sectional title game.
Twin Valley South’s (4-14, 0-12 CCC) season ended with a 25-0 loss to Anna on Monday, May 10.