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Baseballers 1–1 last week

The Bulldogs kicked up an exciting week on the diamond last week, taking down Emmanuel Christian 10–3 on Tuesday, April 22, and making a valiant effort the following Thursday at home against league leader Dayton Christian, who beat the ’Dogs 10–1. Saturday’s games at Fairborn were rained out.

First up was Emmanuel Christian with a 7–3 record. The Yellow Springs squad fell behind 3–0 and had two outs and no one on in the fifth when the bats came alive. Joe Fugate singled, Jamie Kitzmiller walked, Tyler Fox singled, Todd Sheets drove in 2 with a hit, then 2 more scored on a hit by Andrew Ferguson to put the Bulldogs up 4–3. The fireworks continued the next inning against three Lion pitchers as the Dogs scored 6 times on hits by Kevin Sikes-Gilbert, Ethan Brown, Fugate, Kitzmiller, and Fox. Meanwhile Sheets set down the last 12 Emmanuel batters in a row with the help of flawless fielding by Cory Daniels at third base.

On Thursday, Dayton’s pitcher Eric Biggs gave up hits to Sheets and Ferguson to give the ’Dogs a run in the first and then clamped the lid on the home team’s offense for the rest of the game. Meanwhile the Warriors’ offense collected nine hits and eight walks to plate 10 runs for the win. For the game, Biggs gave up only 3 hits and struck out 13 in the best performance Yellow Springs has seen in a couple of years.

The home game against Troy Christian on Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m. is the first wood-bat game in several years. It has been 30 years since aluminum bats replaced wood in the high school leagues.

Tennis team wins three more

While its steady Eddie third-singles player Zeke Hardman maintains his 12–0 winning streak, the rest of the team boasts a nearly perfect record of 11–1 three-fourths of the way through the season.

On Wednesday, April 23, Yellow Springs gave Greeneview the once-over and swept through the singles competition, suffering only one loss at first doubles to win the day 4–1. Olivia Chen earned a double bagel win at first singles, while Alex Turner and Hardman had to work to lose games on their respective courts. Francesco Amighetti and Carl Wiener won their second doubles match 6–4,6–3.

But the hardy first doubles team of Amy Dibenedetto and Julika Ruf showed their mettle against a tough northeastern team on Thursday, April 24, and beat out their opponents in three sets at 4–6,6–4,7–5 to lead off another 4–1 win for the Bulldogs. Chen and Hardman again had resounding success, while Amighetti and Wiener won 6–3,6–3 on the second doubles court. Turner lost control of the second singles court and went under in three sets.

And against Southeastern on Friday, April 25, Yellow Springs gave up just two games on all five courts before shutting down the visiting Trojans.

Track team’s best showing

The YSHS boys and girls track teams had their best showing of the year at the Southeastern High School Track Invitational this past weekend. The boys collected 107 points to finish second out of 10 teams behind Northeastern with 117 points. The girls vied for sixth place behind Southeastern with 107 points, Northeastern with 96, Kenton Ridge with 88, Shawnee 65, Mechanicsburg 64 and Yellow Springs with 60 points.

For the boys, the distance runners set four new meet records. The 800-relay team of Jacob GunderKline, Brock GunderKline, Alexis Onfroy, and Andy Peters finished in a record 8:26, while its members went on to score firsts in individual events. Onfroy finished first in the 1600 meters in 4:35, while Peters took the 800 in a record 2:06.2 and Jake GunderKline took the two miles in a record 10:25.

A slightly altered team of Anthony Pettiford, Onfroy, Brock GunderKline and Peters also took first in the 400 relay in 3:40.1.

Onfroy garnered a second-place finish in the 800, and Pettiford took second in the 400. Third places went to Ryan Newsome in the high jump with 5’10 and Peters in the mile run.

Ernest Johnson took fifth in the discus throw, while Ron Cobb had two fifth-place finishes in the 200-meter dash and as the lead-off in the 800 relay along with Raphael Allen, Newsome and Robert Harden.

Austin Bailey anchored a sixth place finish for the 400-relay team of Cobb, Allen and Newsome, while Josh Meadows finished seventh in the 110-meter hurdles.

The Lady Bulldog relay teams brought home three first-place finishes from the Southeastern invite, including the fearsome foursome Elizabeth Gonder, Brenda Jones, Kristen Foster and Leslie Holland who took the 800 1:57.1 and the 1600 in 4:35.5. Melodie Wright ran the third leg of a combination led by Jones and Foster and anchored by Holland, who together took the 400 by storm in 56.2.

Jones also scored a second-place finish in the 100 meters, while Foster took second in the 400. Gonder came home with third in the 800, while Wright got fourth place in both the 200 and the discus.

Softball aims high

The last two weeks have been tough for a Yellow Springs softball squad that has learned a lot and had its moments to shine. The Lady Bulldogs suffered a 10–0 to a Middletown Christian team with an outstanding pitcher on Tuesday, April 15, a 12–5 loss to Cedarville the following day, before a close 7–6 loss to Emmanuel Christian on Monday, April 21. The Yellow Springs team then lost 18–12 to Miami Valley the next day, and took a 27–0 dive under Dayton Christian on Thursday, April 24.

Against Cedarville, Alex Beer had two hits, and Aiysha Walker had two base hits.

Against Emmanuel Christian the Lady ’Dogs were up by 2 going into the seventh inning, when the Lions scored 3 runs to inch ahead.

“And that’s all she wrote,” Coach Jake Fulton said, adding that Bailey Linse pitched an outstanding game, and Sarah Morrison and Kristin Foster had a strong day in the outfield.

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