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Lady Warriors pound Marlington 18-3

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Carrollton High School softball
Senior pitcher Bethany Sevek went the distance for the win last Tuesday evening.

The high school softball season is in full swing for the Carrollton Lady Warriors.

Carrollton had five games on their schedule last week. They won three, lost one and had last Friday’s game against Coshocton cancelled due to weather.

The Lady Warriors opened play last week with a very impressive 18-3 win over visiting Marlington on Tuesday.

Head Coach Jon Cox felt his Warriors needed to get off to a good start.

“This was a big win for us tonight,” he said. “We dropped two NBC games last week to front-runner Louisville and West Branch. We had to get things going in league play if we still want to have a chance to compete for the league title. Myself and our coaching staff, Travis Ledford, Ron Hepner and Richard Amos, felt we needed to put together a line up that would be productive at the plate and put pressure on Marlington for our first league win.”

Carrollton came out ready to play and took a quick 5-0 lead after the first inning.

“The girls came out swinging and ready to play,” noted Cox. “We scored a lot of runs, but most importantly we played like a team and all the credit goes to the girls. We just have to stay together like we did tonight and anything is possible.”

The Warriors added four more runs in the bottom of the second and third innings to take a 13-3 lead.

Carrollton put the game away in the fourth as it plated five runs to take an 18-3 lead.

The Warrior defense held the Dukes scoreless in the top of the fifth to end the game.

Senior Bethany Sevek started and went the distance for the win with a pair of strikeouts.

Leading the way for the Lady Warriors were Morgan Hepner with three hits, including a triple, three runs scored and a stolen base; Tanner Owens with two hits, three runs, a walk and two stolen bases; Taylor Lowdermilk with three hits, including a double, three RBI and two stolen bases; Sevek with three hits, two RBI and a pair of stolen bases; Abby Hallett with four runs scored and two stolen bases as a pinch runner; Monica Starre went 3-for-4 with a triple, six RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base; Jenna Metz had two hits and two RBI and Destinee Stidom had a single, two RBI, a sacrifice and two stolen bases.

Last Thursday evening, the Warriors hosted the Alliance Aviators.
In the bottom of the seventh, with the score tied at 4-4, Owens singled home Hepner for a 5-4 Carrollton win.

The Warriors trailed early in the game, 2-0, going into the bottom of the second. But, Carrollton scored three times to take the lead.

Starre led off the inning with a single and Metz followed with a fielders choice. Hallett came in to run for Metz and quickly stole second. Stidom then sacrificed to move Hallett to third. Makenna Leslie walked and then stole second. Ali Poole singled, scoring Hallett. Poole then stole second, Hepner walked and Owens crushed a hard ground ball that was miss-played by Alliance allowing Leslie and Poole to score.

Alliance tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth and took a 4-3 lead in the sixth.

With two outs, Leslie singled and advanced to second on an error and went to third on a delayed steal. She advanced to second on an error and went to third on a delayed steal. She would later score on a pass ball to tie the game at 4-4.

Owens picked up the win in relief of Jenna Metz, who pitched the first four innings giving up two runs, while striking out one and walking two. Owens struck out five and gave up two runs.

Last Saturday, the Warriors traveled to Sandy Valley for games with the Cardinals and Indian Valley.

The Warriors dropped the opening game to Indian Valley 5-4.

Sevek started and would get the loss despite striking out five and only walking one.

The score was 0-0 going into the bottom of the fourth. Owens walked, and stole second and third. Sevek walked and was replaced by Hallett as a pinch runner. She quickly stole second. Starre then delivered the big blow, a double to score Owens and Hallett to put the Warriors up 2-0.

Indian Valley tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fifth.

In the bottom half of the inning, Leslie led off with a triple and scored on a single by Poole. Hepner put down a sacrifice bunt, moving Poole to second. Poole then stole third and scored on a wild pitch giving the Warriors a 4-2 lead, but Indian Valley rebounded for the 5-4 win.

“We let the first game slip away after Bethany (Sevek) gave us a great start,” said head coach Jon Cox. “We made way too many mistakes.”

The Warriors recovered in the second game and beat a solid Cardinal team 5-3.

“We showed a lot of toughness to bounce back and get a win over a quality Sandy Valley team,” noted Cox. “Our pitching staff of seniors Bethany Sevek and Tanner Owens along with sophomore Jenna Metz all had great starts and really carried us this week.”

Owens had another good outing for Carrollton. She scattered eight hits, struck out nine and walked three in getting the win.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the third, Poole reached on an error and scored on an RBI double by Hepner tying the score at 1-1.

The Warriors added another run in the top of the fourth. Starre led the inning off with a walk, Addie Borland reached on an error with Starre advancing to third. Hallett walked after Borland stole second. Poole then singled to left to score Starre and produce a 2-1 Warrior lead.

In the top of the seventh with the Warriors still leading 2-1, Hepner led off the inning with a walk and Owens singled, bringing Lowdermilk to the plate. The senior crushed a double, scoring Hepner with Owens advancing to third. She then scored on a wild pitch.

Lowdermilk scored the Warriors’ final run on a single by Borland.

The Warriors were to be at Salem Tuesday and host Minerva Thursday.

Next week, they will travel to Indian Creek on Monday and to Canton South on Tuesday. Carrollton will host West Branch on Thursday.

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