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Carrollton High School girls softball
Tanner Owens lays down a bunt during the Warriors game last Thursday against Minerva.

The Carrollton Lady Warriors softball team is playing very solid ball and is near the top of the Northeastern Buckeye Conference standings.

At the end of play last Thursday the Warriors were 9-4 overall and 4-2 in the NBC.

Due to weather, it took two days to get the game in at Salem last Tuesday and Wednesday.

In a high scoring affair, Carrollton defeated the Quakers 14-8.

Senior pitcher Bethany Sevek got the win with relief help from senior Tanner Owens.

Sevek went three innings, giving up seven hits and three runs, while striking out three and walking two. Owens allowed only one run and struck out six.

The big inning for the Warriors was the second. Each team scored two runs in the first inning.

But, the Warriors blew the game open in the second by scoring eight times and taking a 10-2 lead.

Destinee Stidom led off the inning with a walk, Makenna Leslie and Ali Poole each singled to load the bases, bring up Morgan Hepner who cleared the bases with a triple. Owens then singled to bring home Hepner. The game was then suspended due to lightning.

Picking up where they left off on Wednesday, with Owens on first and no outs, Owens stole second, her 15th of the season. Monica Starre reached on an error with Owens scoring for a 6-2 Warrior lead.

With Starre at second, Taylor Lowdermilk doubled to bring home Starre. Sevek singled down the leftfield line advancing Lowdermilk to third. Sevek stole second before the Quakers could get the ball back to the pitcher. Abby Hallett entered the game as a courtesy runner for Sevek. Jenna Metz then reached on another Quaker error allowing Lowdermilk and Hallett to score giving the Warriors a 10-2 advantage.

Salem added three more runs in the bottom of the second, closing the gap to 10-5 Warriors.

Salem got on the board again in the sixth with three runs to cut the Warriors lead to 10-8.

Carrollton added two more runs in the top of the fifth and two more in the seventh for the final score.

Lowdermilk finished with three hits for the Warriors, including a pair of doubles and 3 RBI, while Owens added three hits, scored three runs and stole a base. Starre ended with two singles, three RBI, two runs scored and two sacrifices.

Hepner had the triple, three RBI, a walk and two stolen bases. Sevek also had two hits and Poole added a pair of singles and two runs scored. Leslie and Metz each chipped in with a single each.

Last Thursday, the Warriors hosted Minerva in a big NBC contest.

The Lady Warriors scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 3-2 win over the Lions.

“This was a huge league win for us,” said head coach John Cox. “We stayed together as a team and rallied to get the win. I am very proud of the girls, this was a total team effort. Minerva is a quality team that is well coached.”

Freshman catcher Ali Poole had a huge game behind the plate for the Warriors with a number putouts on foul balls and a put out at the plate.

 “Her (Poole) hustle behind the plate on pop flies got some big outs against some of their top hitters,” noted Cox.

Sevek and Owens again combined for the win. Sevek started and went the first three innings giving up three hits and striking out two. Owens got the win, pitching the final four innings allowing just three hits with a pair of strike outs.

Minerva’s Rachel Eberling took the loss.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when the Warriors plated two runs.

Poole got the Warriors going when she reached on an error and stole second. Hepner came up and doubled in Poole. Owens reached on a bunt and Hepner was caught in a rundown between third and home with Owens advancing to second.

Lowdermilk then smashed a double to right center to score Owens for a 2-0 lead.

Minerva tied the game with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth.

Carrollton rallied in the bottom of the inning. Metz singled and Linder entered the game as a pinch runner for Metz. Leslie moved Metz to second with a single.

With two outs, Hepner came to the plate and drove a single down the leftfield line scoring Metz for the lead.

Owens set the Lions down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh.

Hepner finished with three hits, including a pair of doubles and two RBI. Lowdermilk added a double and RBI.

Last Monday’s game at Indian Creek was cancelled and will not be made up.

The Warriors were to be at Canton South on Tuesday and will host West Branch on Thursday.

Next week, Carrollton will entertain Louisville on Tuesday, travel to Edison Local on Wednesday and to Marlington on Thursday. They will be at Dover on Friday and at Claymont on Saturday for a double header.

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