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May 14, 2015 Bulldog sports round-up

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Teams place high at home meet

The YSHS girls squad finished in third place and the boys earned a fourth-place finish out of eleven teams at the 15th Annual Bulldog Invitational. Seniors recognized during senior night were: Kalonji Cross, Petrina Mac-Lamptey, Cole McNeal-Harding, Edward Johnson, Cameron Miles, Gigi Niang, Emma Romohr and Bryce White.

“All of our athletes performed admirably before a large and spirited crowd on a warm night,” Coach John Gudgel said.

Winning first place for the boys were Kaner Butler in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, the 400-meter relay team of Aaron Sherwood, White, Miles and Johnson and triple jumper Heikiem Foy. Earning second-place finishes were Levi Brown in the mile, James Bowning in the high jump and Joe Plumer in the long jump.

For the girls team, Charlotte Walkey came in first in the 800-meter race, Dani Worsham triumphed in the 800-meter racewalk, Jasmine Davidson won the shot put competition and the 1600-meter relay team (Walkey, Julian Roberts, Olivia Brintilnger-Conn, Dymeisha Banks) was victorious. Taking second were Banks in the 100-meter dash and Roberts in the 300-meter hurdles.

Relay improves on record

The McKinney Middle School boys 4×100-meter relay squad improved on its own school record at the John Gudgel Invitational in Yellow Springs on May 6.

The team of Calum Siler, Dharma Crocker, Raven Campbell and Blake Potter improved the record for a third time this season and the new mark now is at 54.79 seconds.

The discus competition was in Bulldog hands as thrower stand out Kayden McCoy won the girls competition with a toss of 64´4˝ and Potter catapulted the disk to 105´2˝ to win the boys competition.

Stacia Strodes won the girls long jump with a leap of 14´4˝ as well as the 200-meter race in a time of 29.74. The pole vault was also dominated by the McKinney athletes. Jude Meekin won with a 5´ jump and Zach Lugo crossed 7´ to win the boys competition. True Hall placed second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 19.50. Campbell placed third twice, in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 20.35 and the 200-meter hurdles in 31.96. Freddie Collins also placed third in the 100-meter dash, posting a time of 13.76.


Truss pitches no hitter

On Wednesday, May 6, the weather finally cooperated to allow a conference match up of Yellow Springs versus Emmanuel Christian Academy. The teams were scheduled to make up a game and a half from previous suspensions and rainouts. Under clear skies, the bulldogs took the finely manicured field for what would be an amazing evening of baseball.

The first game resumed in the bottom of the third inning with Emmanuel Christian at bat having two outs and a runner on third. Jonathan Clark had the ball and the 3–0 lead that he had garnished under the looming skies of that fated April afternoon. He fired his first pitch for a strike that was popped up to end the inning.

“It’s not often that you can retire a side with one pitch,” Coach Ben Cooper said.

The Bulldogs’ bats were hot, tacking on four more runs while Clark’s dominant pitching kept the Lions to one run in the 7–1 victory.

In game two, sophomore Aakeem Truss took the hill for what would prove to be his best performance of the season so far. Truss found his stride early, striking out five of the first nine batters he faced. In the middle innings, the Emmanuel Christian’s batters found their timing with the speedy young right hander, but YSHS defense made a series of nice plays to maintain the hitless streak.

Truss, speaking after the game, noted his teammates efforts.

“I could really feel their support, everyone was making great plays,” Truss said. With confidence and poise, Truss went to work ratcheting up his velocity and working the strike zone masterfully. The last nine Emmanuel Christian batters were retired in order, five on strike outs for a total of 10 strike outs in the game. After the game, Truss was unaware of his accomplishment but was “surprised and happy” to hear the news, Coach Cooper said.

The Bulldogs finished the regular season with a record of 6–12 and in third place in the Metro Buckeye Conference.

According to Cooper. the marked improvement from last year’s record can be attributed to the hard work of the students, the depth of the roster, and the fine coaching of Cooper, Mitch Clark, and Kelly Dunn.

“We left some wins out there — this team is easily capable of .500 ball,” Coach Cooper said.  “I look forward to the continued success of this fine young team.”


Morrison pitches 21–0 shut out

Friday night was Senior Night for the Yellow Springs girls softball team and was also the final home game for the team as seniors Ashlei Kelly, Evelyn Greene, Maddie Gueth, Chelsea Horton and Jesi Worsham were all honored in a pregame ceremony. Once the game began the Yellow Springs offense exploded for 10 runs in the first inning and sophomore pitcher Hannah Morrison ensured the seniors would have a happy send-off as she turned in a dominating performance on the pitching mound by tossing a one-hit shutout to lead the Bulldogs to a convincing 21–0 win over visiting Trotwood Madison.

Morrison took a no-hitter into the final inning before surrendering an opposite field single to right field for the only hit of the game.

“Morrison had excellent control of her fastball and change-up tonight,” Coach Jimmy DeLong said. “When both of those pitches are working she’s practically unhittable.” Morrison struck out nine and did not walk a batter to pick up the win. The offense also did their part as they scored early and often as YSHS plated 10 runs in the first inning and four more in the second inning to jump out to an insurmountable 14–0 lead after two innings.

Other leaders on offense were Kadie Lafferty, who was on base four times, scored three runs, had two RBIs, Kelly, who was on base four times, scored two runs, and had two RBIs, and Morrison, who was on base four times, scored three runs and had three RBIs.

Yellow Springs also played two games during the week against MBC opponent Middletown Christian. After losing the first game by a score of 6–3 at Gaunt Park, the team bounced back on the road and used solid defense and pitching along with clutch hitting to defeat Middletown in the rematch by a score of 7–5.

YSHS ended the regular season with a two game winning streak and finished the season strong as they won three out of their last four games. Coach DeLong said he was pleased with the strong finish of his team.


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