Logan Elm collected a dozen hits and used a six-run first inning on Wednesday to take a lead it would never relinquish in an 11-7 non-league win over the visiting Zane Trace Pioneers.
Meredith Jarvis singled to center with one out in the first and scored on a two-run blast over the right field fence off the bat of Jacie Clifton.
Sadie Binkley reached on an error and courtesy runner Mayhugh advanced to second on a single to right from Tia Fowler.
A walk to Ryleigh Wolfe loaded the bases for Peyton Richendollar, who reached on an error that allowed both Mayhugh and Fowler to score.
After a walk to Kaitlyn Otterbacher, Lynsay VanHoose singled for the second time in the inning, this time to left field, driving in both Wolfe and Richendollar.
“Our girls did an excellent job of jumping out offensively in the first by scoring six runs, ignited by Jacie’s two-run homer,” Logan Elm coach Jeri Hartley said. “We were aggressive at the plate again and did a great job of hitting pitches in our zone.”
The Braves tacked on two more runs in the third and three more in the fifth to take an 11-3 lead. Zane Trace scored its final four runs in the seventh.
Clifton went 2-for-2 with three RBI and a run scored, VanHoose was 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored and Richendollar went 2-for-3, drove in a run and scored to pace the Braves.
Binkley earned the win for the Braves, allowing five hits and three runs (two earned) over six and one-third innings. The freshman right-hander walked a batter and struck out eight.
The Braves (2-0) open Mid-State League Buckeye Division play on Thursday when they host defending champion Teays Valley.
Miami Trace 4,
Miami Trace walked off with a non-league win in the bottom of the seventh on Wednesday to edge the Circleville Tigers 4-3 at VA Memorial Stadium.
The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first and went back ahead 3-2 in the sixth. Miami Trace scored in its half of the sixth and again in the seventh to claim the win.
Circleville was checked to just a pair of hits.
Tate DeBord doubled and drove in a run for the Tigers (2-1), who open MSL-Buckeye play on Friday at Bloom-Carroll, weather permitting.
Zane Trace 10,
Logan Elm 1
Zane Trace scored the first five runs of a non-league game on its way to a 10-1 win over the host Logan Elm Braves.
Gavin Griffey singled and scored the Braves’ lone run in the third inning.
The Braves (1-2) open MSL-Buckeye play on Friday against Teays Valley at VA Memorial Stadium.
Teays Valley 1,
Teays Valley had its non-league game on Wednesday in the Licking County seat suspended in the eighth inning due to darkness.
The Vikings (1-0) kickoff MSL-Buckeye play on Friday against Logan Elm at VA Memorial Stadium.