Back-to-back homers to open the eighth inning on Tuesday sparked a five-run frame that allowed Teays Valley to post a 7-3 non-league win over host Groveport.
The two future Ohio Capital Conference Buckeye Division rivals entered the extra frame tied at two. Reagan Mengerink gave the Vikings a 3-2 lead by hitting a 1-0 pitch over the right field fence and Kennedy Cauger doubled the lead by sending an 0-1 offering over the center field fence.
Teays Valley took a 5-2 advantage when a sacrifice fly off the bat of Morgan Cantrell allowed Lauren Park to score. Alyssa Brown then singled to short right field to chase home Michelle Brumfield and Emma Helwagen.
Mengerink paced the Vikings by going 3-for-4 with two RBI and hitting two of the team’s four home runs on the day. Helwagen was 3-for-5, and Brown and Cauger added two hits apiece.
Madison Cline scattered 10 hits and three runs (two earned) over eight innings. She walked a batter and struck out six.
The Vikings (1-0) host perennial Division II state power Jonathan Alder today as they continue non-league competition.
Circleville scored 10 runs in its first four at-bats of the season on Tuesday on its way to an 11-1 run-rule win over visiting Chillicothe in six innings.
The Tigers led 4-0 after the first and expanded that advantage to 6-0, 9-0 and 10-0.
Cara Cooper led the Tigers with three hits, including a triple and drove in three runs, and Chandler Hayes also turned in three hits, highlighted by a double.
Gabby McConnell worked the first four innings, allowing a hit and striking out nine to earn the win. Hayes finished off the final two frames.
The Tigers (1-0) take on their second Frontier Athletic Conference opponent in as many days today when they travel to Miami Trace.
Berne Union 2
Amanda-Clearcreek scored the first three runs of a non-league game and then held off Berne Union on Tuesday for a 3-2 win at Beavers Field.
The Aces scored in the second, third and fifth innings to take a 3-0 lead, while the Rockets plated their first run in the bottom of the fifth and another in the seventh.
A-C catcher Cade Young threw out Sammy Amnah trying to steal third base for the final out of the game.
Young also led the Aces at the dish by going 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Trent Hedges singled and scored, and Blayne Barker singled and drove in a run.
Ryan Chambers earned the win by allowing five hits and an earned run over four and two-third innings of work. He walked a batter and struck out five. Peyton Cassley recorded the final two outs, allowing a hit and striking out a batter to nail down the save.
The Aces (1-0) return to Beavers Field today to take on Lancaster for a non-league tilt.
Circleville wasted no time putting away Hillsboro on Tuesday by scoring nine runs in its first at-bat on its way to a 13-0 run-rule win in five innings at VA Memorial Stadium.
Angelo Travis was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, Nick Burns contributed a 2-for-3 evening with two RBI and two runs scored, Nolan West turned in a 2-for-3 day with two RBI and a run scored and Wyatt Thatcher doubled and drove in two runs.
Nick Burns pitched the first four innings, allowed two hits, walked two and struck out nine. Carsen Cox pitched the fifth and struck out two batters.
The Tigers (1-0) return to VA Memorial Stadium today for their second game in the First Pitch Classic against Miami Trace.