May 9, 2019 Bulldog sports round-up
- Published: May 9, 2019
Girls track squad tops invitational
With the best weather conditions of the year and a full grandstand, the Bulldogs competed with vigor and energy as they entertained 13 teams at the annual Bulldog Invitational, Friday, May 3.
By the conclusion of the meet, the girls squad finished atop the standings with 113 points and earned the first-place trophy by outdistancing fellow league member Dayton Christian.
The girls squad was led by sophomore Annlyn Foster, who was a part of three first-place performances. She ran to a personal best of 15.90 in the 100 hurdles; she teamed with Malaya Booth, Haneefah Jones and Sophia Lawson in the 400 meter relay; and she concluded the night with another first place in the 1,600-meter relay with Devyn Deal, Jones and Avery Reeder.
Lawson earned a first place in the pole vault with a height of 8’6, and Booth sprinted to a first place in the 100 meters with a season best of 13.34. Senior Jude Meekin concluded her fine career with a first place in the 3,200 meters (13:27.46).
The girls team also had four runner-up finishes, with Foster in the 300 hurdles; Natalie Galarza, 3,200 meters; and Jones in the long jump and high jump.
Also earning well-deserved third-place points were Avery Reeder (mile); Aaliya Longshaw (shot put); and the 800-relay quartet of Kayla Brown, Deal, Meekin and Marin Warrig.
Notable performances also were achieved by Kelli Baxter, Reeder, Chanel Phillips and Ateerys Wagner.
The boys team had a respectable ninth-place finish and was once again led by senior Teymour Fultz, who finished the one-lap 400-meter race in first place with a personal best of 53.09.
Two third-place efforts were achieved by Ibrahim Chappelle in the long jump and by the 1,600-meter-relay team of Finn Bledsoe, Fultz, Zach Lugo and Calum Siler.
The 3,200-meter-relay team of Bledsoe, Raven Campbell, Vaughn Hendrickson and Zach Lugo ran to a fifth-place finish. Completing the scoring for the Bulldogs was Yanne Gilley in the 300 hurdles.
Other notable performances by the boys were achieved by Sam Anderson, Craig Arrington, Phillip Diamond, Matt Duncan, Joaquin Espinosa, Liam Hackett, Jonah Kintner, Harper Mesure, Jay Millman, Gideon Naziri and Griffin Roberts.
Prior to the meet, the following seniors were recognized: Kelli Baxter, Kayla Brown, Raven Campbell, Teymour Fultz, Jason Lansing, Zach Lugo, Jude Meekin, Harper Mesure and Calum Siler.
The Bulldogs will compete at the Metro Buckeye Conference league meet on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 10 a.m., at Cedarville University, followed by the District competition on May 14, beginning at 4 p.m., at Milton Union High School.
—John Gudgel, coach
Defense aids Bulldogs in victory
There’s an old saying that defense wins championships. Last week, when the Lady Bulldogs were clinging to a lead during an away game on Monday, April 29, against Dayton Ponitz, freshman shortstop Lily Rainey saved the day for the Lady Bulldogs with her defensive prowess. First, Rainey raced behind second base to make a sparkling catch of a short pop up and then turned it into an unassisted double play by sprinting to second base to double off the runner. Then, for good measure, she grabbed another popup from the next hitter for the final out, tying a school record by recording every out for the inning. The plays by Rainey seemed to energize the Bulldog offense as they exploded for 16 runs in the next two innings to win by a final score of 21–13.
The win was not an easy one for the Bulldogs. The team fell behind 5–1 after one inning, but then used hits by Zoe Lafferty, Abby Florence, Rainey and Rosemary Bermester to score 20 runs over the last three innings to pull away for the win. Florence pitched a complete game for the victory.
The next day, Tuesday, April 30, the Bulldogs also played a slugfest against Middletown Christian. Taking an 8–7 lead in the first three innings couldn’t hold off the explosive hitting of the Middletown team, however, as Yellow Springs lost by a final score of 28–24.
The Bulldog offense was led by hot hitting Zoe Lafferty as she had five hits, drove in four runs and scored three runs.
Catcher Bre Wallace had a double to the fence, along with three hits and five RBI’s. Senior Lily Bryan got on base six times, had two RBIs, scored two runs and smashed a double to the fence, while Rosemary Bermester had two hits and scored three runs.
The Bulldogs Senior Night has been rescheduled and will now be on Friday, May 10, at Gaunt Park, again against Middletown Christian. Game time is 5 p.m.
—Jimmy DeLong, coach