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Lady Warriors win four of five, will meet Minerva in sectional

FPS staff report

Carrollton High School softball
Carrollton pitcher Tanner Owens had a good week on the mound and at the plate for the Warriors last week.

The Carrollton varsity softball team improved its record to 16-5 overall for the year by winning four of five games last week.

The Lady Warriors will open tournament play Saturday in the Carrollton Division II Sectional. The Warriors will play Minerva in the second game at 12:30 p.m. The opening game will start at 10 a.m. with New Philadelphia playing East Liverpool.

Dover received the No. 1 seed in the tournament and they will play the winner of the New Philadelphia/East Liverpool game on May 13. The championship game will be May 15.

Last Tuesday, the Warriors ran into a buzz saw called the Louisville Leopards.

The powerful Leopards battered the Warriors for 13 first inning runs and cruised to a 15-0 shut out over Carrollton in five innings.

Taylor Lowdermilk and Jenna Metz each had a single for the Warriors.

“This was a tough loss,” said Head Coach John Cox. “We played horrible. They (Louisville) are a great team. I challenged the girls to put this one behind us and bounce back. They did as they really showed their mental toughness. Even though we are playing for pride in the league, the tournament is right around the corner and every win counts.”

The Warriors rebounded to defeat host Edison Local 6-2 on Wednesday.

The Wildcats scored early and took a 1-0 lead.

However, the Warriors tied the game in the second when Metz singled. Abby Hallett entered the game as a courtesy runner for Metz. Hallett stole second and went to third on a pass ball. Hallett then scored on a RBI single by Ali Poole.

In the top of the fourth with the game still tied at 1-1, Addie Borland singled with one out, Morgan Hepner doubled with two outs, moving Borland to third. Tanner Owens then singled, scoring Borland and advancing Hepner to third. Monica Starre reached on an error, allowing Hepner and Borland to score.

Then came the big blow, a two-run home run to center field by Lowdermilk, her first of the season, giving the Warriors a 6-2 advantage.

Metz picked up her second win of the season on the mound for the Warriors.

Bethany Sevek also had a RBI with a pair of singles

On Thursday, the Warriors were on the road at Marlington for a NBC contest.

Sevek got the win, improving her record to 5-3 on the year. She pitched four innings, giving up three runs, four hits, with a strike out and walk.
Carrollton got things going fast. Hepner led off the inning with a triple and scored on a RBI single by Starre.

The Dukes countered with a run in the bottom of the first and a pair in the second to take a 2-1 advantage.

Carrollton took the lead for good in the fourth inning. Makenna Leslie drew a one out walk, Poole followed with a fielder’s choice, advancing Leslie to second. Hepner followed with a double to score Leslie. Owens brought home Hepner with a single. Starre and Lowdermilk followed with singles to load the bases and bringing Sevek to the plate, who singled, scoring Owens and Starre for an 8-3 lead.

Hepner had the big bat in the game with a double, triple, three runs scored,  a RBI and walk.

Last Saturday, the Warriors were on the road at Claymont for a double header with the Mustangs.

The Warriors took both ends of the double header, defeating the Mustangs 4-2 in the first game and 10-4 in the second.

In game one, Carrollton scored single runs in the first and third innings to take a 2-0 lead, but the Mustangs tied it at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth.

In the fifth, Carrollton plated two runs for a 4-2 lead.

Sevek and Hepner each had two hits for the Warriors.

Owens got the win on the mound.

In game two, the Warriors struck early, scoring two in the first, seven in the third and one in the fifth.

Sevek was on the mound for the Warriors and got the win to improve her record to 5-2 for the year.

Owens led the Warriors at the plate with four hits, a RBI and a run scored.

Carrollton was to host Indian Creek Monday, travel to Alliance Tuesday and host Salem Thursday.

The Warriors will end their regular season next week. They will travel to Minerva on Tuesday and host Canton South Thursday in their final regular season game.

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