Brooke hangs on, fends off Toronto
WELLSBURG — For the second time in as many games, the Brooke softball team earned a narrow win over Toronto on its home diamond, this time hanging on for a 6-5 win.
Saturday’s game, originally scheduled to be played in Toronto but moved to Brooke due to field conditions, was each team’s first since the Bruins defeated the Red Knights 1-0 on Thursday.
This time, however, the Bruins (10-1) had to hang on.
After Wyntar Mquiston had a two-run single in the third to make it 4-1, then eventually a Lex Foresha RBI in the fourth made it a 6-1 lead. The Red Knights (15-8), however, then came storming back, eventually cutting the deficit to 6-5.
Toronto had runners on second and third in the seventh, but could not get the runs across as the Bruins hung on.
After shutting out the Red Knights on Thursday, Maleah Misch again went the distance in the circle, striking out 10 and walking three while only allowing one earned run.
In addition to the big hits by Mquinston and Foresha, Emilee Knorr had a single and a double, Angelina Lippoli and Maddy Brown two singles and an RBI each.
For Toronto, Riley Kinsey also went the distance, fanning eight and walking two while also contributing a single and double at the plate.
Michelle Anderson had a single and two RBIs, Maddie Anderson a single and an RBI and Ashton Thomas a single and an RBI.
The Bruins tentatively travel to Wheeling Park on Monday, while Toronto opens sectional play Tuesday at Shadyside.
St. Clairsville 4, Indian Creek 0
MINGO JUNCTION — The Indian Creek softball team dropped a 4-0 decision to St. Clairsville Saturday.
Carley Jo Penner had three hits, all singles, while Kirsten Driscoll had two singles. Abigail Starkey, Alexis Dawson and Maddy Ely each singled.
Penner started in the circle and went the distance, striking out five and walking four. Three of the four runs were earned on six hits.
The Redskins open sectional play Monday at Philo.
New Philadelphia 4, Indian Creek 0
MINGO JUNCTION — The Indian Creek baseball fell, 4-0, at home to New Philadelphia on Saturday.
David Ferroni, Aiden Fernandez and Connor Shultz each had a base hit for the Redskins.
Isaiah VanDine got the start on the mound, working the first 2 2/3 innings while yielding a run, earned, on three hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
Justice Morris went the final 4 1/3, giving up three runs, one earned, on five hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Indian Creek is tentatively scheduled to travel to Martins Ferry on Monday.
Hiland 11, Edison 2
MILLERSBURG — The Edison baseball team had a tough loss on the road Saturday, 11-2, at Hiland.
Matt Parsons had a double, while Cam Cooley and Isaac Zastudil each had a single and an RBI for the Wildcats.
Cooley pitched the first three innings, allowing four runs with a strikeout and no walks, while Blake Connelly went 2 2/3, allowing seven runs, four earned, with a punchout and a walk. Parsons came on to get the last out.
Connelly, Ian McBane and Gage Cline also had base hits.