Northmont falls to West

Staff report

Northmont pitchers Matt Pfeffer and Tanner Leigh held Lakota West to two hits but couldn’t prevent a hard-luck 2-1 loss in a high school baseball Division I district championship at Western Hills on Saturday.

West scored the winning run in the fifth inning courtesy of three walks and a sacrifice fly.

Greater Western Ohio Conference player of the year Ben Mangen had two of Northmont’s three hits and drove in the Bolts’ only run in the first inning.

“Lose 2-1, what do you do?” veteran Thunderbolts coach Chuck Harlow said. “We just couldn’t get the big hit. Good baseball game, just no offense.”

West, 25-4, advances to the regional semifinals, playing Moeller Thursday at 2 p.m. at the University of Cincinnati. The Crusaders beat Beavercreek 6-0 in another district final Saturday.

Northmont (19-12) struck early after Greg Peffley led off the game with a single. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, to third on a wild pitch and scored on Mangen’s single.

Bellbrook 7, Taylor 2: The Golden Eagles erupted for five runs in the top of the eighth inning and made it stand to win a D-II district title at Mason. Jonah Ray had two hits, scored twice and added two RBIs for Bellbrook (21-7). Winning pitcher Ben Cross improved to 4-0. Bellbrook plays Fenwick at 2 p.m. Thursday in a regional semifinal at Wright State University.

Fenwick 10, Tippecanoe 2: The Falcons scored six runs in the sixth inning to break open a close game in another D-II district final at Mason. Zack Blair had two hits for the Red Devils (19-11) and Cole Quilen a double and two RBIs. Fenwick improved to 19-12.

Softball

Ross 13, Franklin 6: Leadoff hitter Hayley Hudson (3-for-3, four runs, two RBIs) and Ally Ivey (double, triple, four RBIs) were key contributors to a Ross offensive bonanza that produced 15 hits in a D-II district final at Mason. It was the 10th win in 11 games for the Rams (22-6), who have captured 17 district championships in the last 28 years.

Franklin (16-12-1) fell behind 6-1 in the first two innings. Patton Akers gave the Wildcats a boost with a three-run homer in the third. Ross will return to Mason for a 5 p.m. regional semifinal Thursday against top-ranked Greenville (27-3), which advanced with a 13-1 defeat of Goshen in another D-II district final at Mason.

“It was a hitter’s game, and they just out-hit us,” Franklin coach Jim Miller said. “The girls are disappointed, but we’ve got nothing to hang our heads about. We don’t have a senior on the team. I expect to be back here again next year.”

Triad 4, Franklin Monroe 0: Hannah Watkins pitched a complete-game two-hitter for Triad, which won a D-IV district title at Brookville. Jenna Welty had two hits and Jenna Ober doubled. Triad will play Covington in in a D-IV regional semi at 5 p.m. on Thursday at Tippecanoe.

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