Stark County belted a first-inning home run and held a 3-1 lead after its first two at-bats at Little Siberia Field Monday in Princeton. The Princeton Tigresses had the last laugh or two, scoring 14 more times to win their first game of the season, 15-4.
Freshmen southpaw Madison Menzel surrendered a two-run, first-inning homer, but settled in nicely to record her first varsity victory for PHS. She fanned nine while allowing four hits, two walks and three earned runs.
"That's not first time she's had that happened to her," PHS coach Bob James said. "She struck out the first two and we thought we had the next one and gave up a walk. She left a pitch up in the zone and the girl drove it to right where the wind helped it go out. She settled in after that and kept the ball down."
Abby Jaques hit a double off the left-center field fence, one of two hits on the day. Sydney Hall also had two hits and two RBIs and Stephenny Farrell ripped a RBI double.
Seneca 12, Princeton 6: The Lady Irish just had too much firepower early, scoring nine runs off PHS frosh Alisa Holmbeck in the first three innings to build a 9-4 lead. Hall pitched the final three innings in relief.
"Alisa and Sydney did what the they're supposed to, let the other teams hit the ball and we didn't field it. We certainly had our miscues," James said, noting his team's six errors in the field.
Heidi James and Mollie Bates had big days at the plate with three hits apiece. Farrell added a RBI hit and Danielle Hughes had a two-run hit.
Hall 1-3, Serena 9-2: The Lady Devils bounced back strong from a 9-1 opening loss Saturday to defeat the Huskers 3-2 in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader. They were the first games of the season for the Hall softballers.
Heidi Nelson (5 innings, 2 runs, 4 strikeouts) earned the win with relief help from Adriena Pikula, who pitched two scoreless innings. Nielson helped her own cause by driving in Kylie Whightsil, who doubled in the fourth Deidra Whightsil and Luciana Mautino and Osborn also hit safely.
The opener was all Huskers, who scored four runs in the first and seventh innings. Abby Azarski drove in the lone Hall run with a hit in the bottom of the seventh. Pikula led Hall with two hits and Nielson and Mautino added one each. Stephanie Stocking took the loss.
St. Bede 5, IVC 4: The Bruins made themselves right at home Tuesday in Chillicothe, defeating the Grey Ghosts as the home team due to unplayable field conditions at the Academy. The potential tying run was thrown out a the plate on a relay throw home by Damin Smith that cut down the IVC base runner for the second out of the inning.
The Bruins had eight hits on the night while the Ghosts had seven hits. Sam Lucas went 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs, Logan Bima
had two hits including a double and a RBI and Bobby Morrow added two hits.
Smith pitched four innings for the win with Brad Groleau pitching the last three for the save. Smith allowed four earned runs while striking out five.
The Bruins move to 2-0 with a return trip to IVC Thursday.
Hall 10, Marquette 9: Danny Nolasco and the Red Devils outhit and outlasted the Crusaders in Tri-County Conference play Tuesday in Ottawa. Nolasco cracked four hits and twirled three innings in relief of winning pitcher Brett Fanning for the save.
Hall coach tom Keegan said the Crusaders "just wouldn't go away."
The Red Devils outhit the Crusaders 14-12 with Taggert Venegas, Fanning, Blake Moreno 2-4 and Ian Trevier each collecting two hits.
Hall took a 4-1 record into Wednesday's game vs. Seneca.
Princeton 5, Sterling Newman 4: The Tigers edged the Comets with a mix of three wins in singles and two in doubles Monday at Princeton. Garrett Kostello (6-0,6-4) and Zach Hicks (6-0, 6-2) claimed the top two singles spots and teamed up for a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles. Brady Frank and Elliott Beetz took the No. 1 doubles by a tiebreaker (6-1, 1-6 10-5) while Ian Nichols picked up a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 5.
Newman swept PHS 9-0 in the JV meet.
At Streator: The Princeton Tigers made their first step outdoors a successful one, sweeping a field including Flanagan/Cornell (97), Morris (93), Streator (55) and Putnam County (4).
PHS had four different individuals and a relay take first place. Austen Stewart won the high jump (6-2), Jordan Sissel won the shot put (42-1 1/2, Kai Tomaszewski won the 400 (55.7), Cody Griffin won the discus (113-1) and the Tigers claimed the 4x800 relay (9:45.4)
"We performed very well for how young we are and for it being the first outdoor meet of the season," PHS coach Dan Foes said.