PREBLE COUNTY — The high school softball season got underway last week with all five county teams in action and a milestone was reached for one coach.
Eaton coach Maggie Neanen collected her 100th career win as she begins her seventh season at the helm of the Eagles program.
Eagles open 1-3 as Neanen reaches milestone
EATON — Eaton opened the season with an 11-1, 5-inning win over visiting Preble Shawnee on Tuesday, March 29.
“Overall I was pleased with how we played after the first two innings. We played with some nerves, we played to the weather a bit, which when it’s 39 and windy it’s hard not to,” she said. “Our bats took a minute to get going, we were making contact early, we were just hitting it right at people or getting underneath and popping it straight up. At the plate we only had 1 strikeout, which we will take any day.”
Preble Shawnee took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a throwing error by the Eagles.
Eaton tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second. Anna Kramer tripled with one out and scored on a ground out by Emma Gebhart.
The Eagles added four runs in the third and closed out the game with a six-run first to earn the run-rule win.
“We only had one scrimmage due to the weather, so this was only the second time seeing another team, so we were still working on some things mid game, Neanen said. “On paper we have several returners but in reality, we only have four of our starters with true varsity experience. It was a good first game, wasn’t always the prettiest but a win is a win, and we will take them.”
For Eaton Kendall Miller was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Olivia Baumann went 2-for-3 and Abbie Bryant was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs.
Sam Witte earned the win tossing all five innings and allowing just six hits.
For Shawnee, Jayne Weist was 2-for-3. Delaney Klapper, Sydney Lane, Maddey Gibbs and Hannah Miller each had a hit.
Neanen thanked the current team and those from the previous six seasons in helping reach the 100-win mark.
Eaton closed out the week dropping three straight, falling to Ansonia (9-4) on Wednesday and twice to Arcanum (12-11 and 12-5) on Saturday.
For the week, Baumann was 10-for-13 with 8 RBIs and seven runs scored. Bryant was 9-of-15 with 7 RBIs.
Eaton was scheduled to being league play on Monday, April 4 at Monroe. They are to host Madison on Wednesday and travel to Madison on Thursday. The Eagles will close out the week with a doubleheader at St. Henry on Saturday.
Blazers drop 3 to begin season
NEW PARIS – National Trail dropped a pair of one-run games a suffered a loss by run-rule during the opening week.
The Blazers fell to Middletown Madison 10-9 on Monday, March 28.
Leading the Blazers at the plate was Zoey Lee, who went 3-for-4 with 2 singles, a double and 3 RBIs. Maddie Harrison was 3-for-5 with a pair of singles, a double and 3 RBIs and Trista Hannah was 2-for-5 with a single and a double. Skyler Ward added two stolen bases and three runs scored.
On Wednesday, Trail dropped a 5-4 game in 8-innings to Brookville.
Ward led the Blazers going 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Jaleah Coffey was 1-for-3 with a RBI and run scored and Harrison was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
J’da Jackson was in the circle for the first 5 innings and had two strikeouts while giving up 6 hits. Ward finished the last 3 innings with 5 strikeouts and giving up 4 hits.
Trail closed out the week with a 14-4 setback in a Western Ohio Athletic Conference game with Bradford.
Coffey was 1-for-3 with a home run and 2 RBIs. Harrison was 1-for-3 with a double and Ward was 1-for-2 with 2 runs scored.
Trail (0-3 overall, 0-1 WOAC) was scheduled to play Springfield on Monday, April 4 and at Mississinawa Valley on Tuesday before hosting Preble Shawnee on Thursday to close out the week.
Arrows 0-4 after first week
CAMDEN — Preble Shawnee opened the season 0-4 with losses to Northmont (12-0), Eaton (11-0), Madison (11-1) and Arcanum (10-0).
The Arrows were scheduled to play Franklin-Monroe on Tuesday, April 5 and will host Fenwick on Wednesday. Shawnee will travel to National Trail on Thursday and will play at Monroe on Saturday for a doubleheader.
LEWISBURG — Tri-County North is off to a 2-0 start after beating Madison 7-6 and Tri-Village 16-6 during the first week of the season.
Agaisnt Madison, the Panthers collected 14 hits. The were led by Gracie Hemp’s 3-for-4 performance. Kailee Donohoo, Makenzie Lykins, Sadie Royer and Hannah Webster each added two hits on Tuesday, March 30.
Against Tri-Village, five players had two or more hits as the Panthers scored 12 runs over the final two innings to earn the run-rule victory.
Lykins went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and Hemp was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs. Angelia Depoy and Donohoo each added two hits, while Natalie Lefeld added three hits.
North was scheduled to play Northridge on Monday, April 4 and at Twin Valley South on Tuesday. They will host Bradford on Thursday and visit Bethel on Saturday for a doubleheader.
South wins opener, drops next 2
WEST ALEXANDRIA — After a season-opening 14-0 win over Legacy Christian Academy on Tuesday, March 29, Twin Valley South dropped two straight.
The Panthers fell to Newton 11-0 on Thursday and 13-0 to Madison on Friday.
South was scheduled to play at New Miami on Monday, April 4 and will host Tri-County North on Tuesday. The Panthers will travel to Ansonia on Thursday and will host Mississinawa Valley on Friday. The will close out the week hosting Valley View on Saturday.
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