Vikings clinch share of MSL-Buckeye title with run-rule win over Lions

Teays Valley pounded out 16 hits on Wednesday on its way to a 13-1 Mid-State League Buckeye Division softball win in five innings.
The Vikings (20-1, 13-0) wrapped up a share of their first league title since 2019 with the win and can claim the honor outright with a victory on Thursday at Bloom-Carroll (14-5, 12-1).
Teays Valley jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first.
Emma Helwagen led off the game with a single to left, stole second and scored on a single to right off the bat of Lauren Park.
After a fielder’s choice hit into by Reagan Mengerink took Park off the base pads, Alyssa Brown doubled to left to put runners on second and third.

Teays Valley’s Alyssa Brown, seen here making a throw to second earlier this week against Circleville, had four hits on Wednesday in a 13-1 rout of Liberty Union.

Kadance Fraley came through one out later with a two-run single to left to put the Vikings ahead 3-0.
Faith Thompson added an insurance run in the second on a solo shot over the center field fence.
Mengerink led off the third with a homer over the center field fence. Later in the inning, Fraley singled to center to chase home both Brown and Cantrell to give the Vikings a commanding 7-0 advantage.
Brown went a perfect 4-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored and Fraley also posted a perfect 4-for-4 day, Mengerink was 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored and Helwagen chipped in a 2-for-4 evening, scored three times and drove in a run.
Sydney Manring checked the Lions to four hits and an earned run in a complete game effort. The TV freshman walked two and struck out nine.

Logan Elm 11,
Amanda-Clearcreek 0

Logan Elm’s seniors took center stage on their night in an 11-0 MSL-Buckeye win on Wednesday over visiting Amanda-Clearcreek in five innings.
The Braves scored a run in the first and dropped a six-spot in the second to go ahead 7-0.
Carly King had three hits, including a double, and drove in a run to lead the Braves. Maraya Neff and Kylie Smith both singled twice, Avree Entler had a two-run double and Taylor Fowler chipped in a double.
King checked the Aces to a pair of hits over four innings to earn the win and Entler tossed a hitless final frame.
The Braves (10-9, 7-5) travel to Circleville on Thursday for a league game.

Circleville 9,
Hamilton Township 1

Circleville scored five runs in the first and didn’t look back on Wednesday in a 9-1 MSL-Buckeye win over visiting Hamilton Township.
Cara Cooper tied the game in the first with an RBI single to right that scored Chandler Hayes. Ella Michael made it a 2-1 game for the Tigers with a single to center that scored Cooper.
Gabby McConnell followed with a double to center that drove home both Katie Folkes and Michael. Gracie Riddick capped the scoring in the first with a single to right that plated McConnell.
McConnell paced the Tigers with three hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in two runs. Cooper doubled and singled, and Alyssa Liston and Gracie Riddick each singled twice.
McConnell scattered seven hits in a complete game effort. She allowed an earned run, walked two and struck out seven.
The Tigers (12-5, 7-5) host Logan Elm on Thursday to continue league play.

Zane Trace 27,
Westfall 11

Zane Trace scored 18 runs in the fourth inning on Wednesday on its way to a 27-11 Scioto Valley Conference win over visiting Westfall.
Abbie Bickenheuser went 3-for-4, including a pair of home runs, drove in seven runs and scored twice. Gabby Henry was 2-for-4 with four runs scored and Madison Kearney went 2-for-3 and scored for the Mustangs (13-8, 8-5), who travel to Wellston on Thursday for a non-conference game.

Amanda-Clearcreek 1,
Logan Elm 0

Ryan Chambers tossed a six-hitter on Wednesday to send Amanda-Clearcreek to a 1-0 MSL-Buckeye win over host Logan Elm.
Chambers allowed six hits, walked none and struck out eight. He also backed up his effort on the mound with an RBI single to knock in Grant Guiler from second base.
Trent Hedges paced the Aces by going 3-for-3 at the dish. Braylen Baker led the Braves by also going a perfect 3-for-3.
Garret Summers also tossed a complete game in the loss, allowing six hits and the game’s lone run.
The Braves (6-12, 4-9) are back in action on Thursday for a league game in Roundtown. The Aces (12-5, 9-4) host Columbus Academy on Friday for a non-league tilt.

Circleville 3,
Hamilton Township 2

Nick Burns checked Hamilton Township to just three hits in a complete game performance on Wednesday to lead host Circleville to a 3-2 MSL-Buckeye win.
Burns allowed two earned runs, walked two and struck out 12 in the 117-pitch outing.
Hamilton Township scored a run in its first at-bat, but the Tigers responded an inning later with a pair of runs.
Austin Gray hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Burns to tie the game. Later in the inning, a double steal allowed Tate DeBord to score from third.
The Tigers took a 3-1 lead in the third on an infield single by Burns that scored Nolan West.
Travis went 2-for-2 to pace the Tigers (10-10, 7-6), who host Logan Elm on Thursday for a league contest.

Zane Trace 10,
Westfall 3

Zane Trace scored seven runs in its first two at-bats on Wednesday to record a 10-3 SVC win over visiting Westfall.
Trent Walters went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Bryant Coker was 2-for-3 for the Mustangs (6-11, 4-9), who host Adena on Friday for a conference game.

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