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Softball scores 12 in loss

The YSHS girls softbal team had an early two-run lead. Its offense scored 12 runs and mounted a comeback that had opp0nent Dayton Meadowdale on the ropes. And lefty pitcher Sierra Lawrence, in her varsity debut, struck out nine batters in four innings and only surrended three hits for the game. These were among the positive signs during the Lady Bulldogs’ season opener last week, a 32–12 loss. In the end, nerves, fatigue and walks did the team in, according to Coach Jimmy DeLong, who was nonetheless impressed with the effort.

“I was pleased with our hitting, our pitching, and our defense today,” DeLong said. “I was pleased that our team came back, I was pleased with the potential our team showed, and the best news of all: this is a young team with no seniors, so we’ll only get better.”

At the mound, Lawrence had her moments. According to DeLong, she “throws hard and was unhitable when she threw strikes.” Catcher Hannah Brown, also making her debut, “has the quick reflexes required to catch somebody who throws as hard as Lawrence.” The offense was led by leadoff hitter Jesi Worsham and number two batter Chelsea Horten as they combined for two hits, five walks, and three runs.

The Bulldogs fell behind by a score of 16–3 after two innings before mounting a comeback. They sent 12 hitters to the plate as they batted around to score seven runs in the fourth inning to pull within five. Meadowdale responded with a rally that was fueled by walks to pull away to win.

Allen takes record, Brown gold

Angela Allen broke a Yellow Springs high school record in the discus with Alex Brown taking a pair of gold medals in the distance events at the Cedarville Invitational on Saturday. In doing so, the duo led the Bulldogs to a seventh-place team finish with 47 points among the 16 schools competing.

Allen, who established the school record last year as a junior in very cold and windy conditions in Brookville, did so again on Saturday in front of a large and crowded field at Cedarville University. Throwing in the finals Allen hurled the discus a platter-smashing 105´7˝ to best the old mark of 105´4˝. That was good enough to earn her a second-place finish. There were 21 girls in the event.

Alex Brown came close to winning the “performer of the meet” award with her two victories. The senior stole the metric mile from Bethany Norman. It was Brown’s first win ever over Norman, who hails from Xenia Christian High School. It was Brown’s driving kick that started 500 meters out from the finish that beat back Norman and took Brown to victory in 5:39.61. She then doubled back at twice that distance to also win the 3200-meter run. Brown’s time in that event was 12:49.8.

A pair of third-place finishes highlights the Bulldogs traditional strength in the distance events. In the 1600-meter run Lois Miller took bronze in 5:53.06. Charlotte Walkey ran a personal best time of 13:19.98 for her six-point effort in the 3200-meter run.

The trio of Brown, Miller and Walkey were joined by Christina Brewer to claim a fourth-place finish, and five points, in the 4×800 meter relay. The foursome’s time was 11:28.89.

The Bulldogs did not score in the sprints but added two more points in the long jump with AnnDee Pettiford’s competition-leading 13´10˝ in the preliminaries and seventh place finish out of 19 competitors.

In Friday night’s competition at Waynesville High School the top performance of the night went to Kennedy Harshaw in the shot put. The Bulldog junior recorded a personal best toss of 29´ 2˝ in the event to place second. This helped the women’s squad finish sixth overall in the meet with 36 points. The women’s 4×800 relay of Brown, Miller, Brewer and Walkey also finished second overall in a season-best 11:17.0. Getting gold with a win in the discus was Allen, who dominated with a toss of 91´22˝.

Also scoring were Brown with a third-place finish in the 1600 with a 5:50.17, Rachelle Orme with a fifth place in the shot put and Walkey with a pair of six-place finishes in the 1600-meter run and the 4×100-meter relay team. Orme’s season best was a 25´0˝ toss. Walkey’s time was 6:20.69. And the 4×100 was composed of Emma Rohmor, Harshaw, Orme and Louresha Cheatom. They finished in 62.14.

Boys track finishes eighth, 12th

At the Waynesville Invitational, the YSHS boys track and field team finished eighth. The best performances were turned in by Bryce White, who took fifth in the 200-meter in 26.3 and Eli Biggs, who came in fifth in the long jump with a leap of 17´5˝.

Dylan Boczar earned a couple of sixth-place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles (19.2) and 300-meter hurdles (48.4). Also placing sixth were Connor Gravley-Novello (3200-meters), the 3200-meter relay team of David Butcher, Oluka Okia, Gravley-Novello and Devon Perry and the 3200-relay squad of Cameron Henderson, White, Aaron Sherwood and Roland Newsome.

At the Cedarville Impson Invitational the boys finished in 12th place. Scoring for the boys were Biggs with sixth place in the pole vault (8´3˝), Boczar, White, Biggs and Newsome with seventh place in the 800-meter relay, and Boczar with eighth place in the 110-meter hurdles.


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