Covington, Bradford softball ousted in sectional finals: Tuesday sports roundup

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Covington’s Layklyn Kemp has a foul ball fall just out of her reach against Riverside Tuesday at Houston.

By Rob Kiser

Piqua Daily Call

and Josh Brown

Troy Daily News

HOUSTON — The Covington softball team lost 6-0 to Riverside in a Division IV sectional final Tuesday.

Covington finished the season with a record of 7-14.

“We knew they were a good-hitting team, especially (Jalynn) Stanley,” Covington coach Phil Smith said. “We knew not to get anything out over the plate for her, and we just had a little miss, and that was it. The girls still had a lot of heart and kept battling. They fought.”

It was the final game for seniors Makenna Gostomsky and Ashlyn Plessinger.

“Makenna (Gostomsky) started pitching for us today and she did awesome. This is the best game she’s had all year on the mound. We tried to give her all the support. Ashlyn (Plessinger) made some outstanding plays and had a good bunt late. I’m proud of both of them. Tough loss, but I think we’ll just keep rolling.”

Gostomsky and Kenzie Long combined on a nine-hitter, striking out four and walking two.

Long was 2 for 3 with a double and Layklyn Kemp was 2 for 3.

Triad 5,

Bradford 0

PLEASANT HILL — The Bradford softball team had its season end with a 5-0 loss to Triad Tuesday in a D-IV sectional final.

Bradford finished the season at 18-5.

Nylani Beireis and Maggie Manuel combined on a five-hitter, striking out three and walking four.

Austy Miller was 2 for 3 at the plate.

• Baseball

D-II Sectional

Tippecanoe 28,

Meadowdale 0

TIPP CITY — The third-seeded Tippecanoe baseball team had little trouble with No. 15 Meadowdale in the first round of the Division II sectional tournament Tuesday, winning 28-0 to advance to the second round.

The challenge level ramps up quickly, though — the Red Devils (16-10) will face No. 4 Valley View Thursday at home in second-round action. And following that, Tippecanoe will travel to Kenton Ridge Friday for a regular-season makeup game.

D-IV Sectional

Covington 8,

Middletown Chr. 0

COVINGTON — The Covington baseball team advanced in Division IV sectional play Tuesday with an 8-0 first-round win over Middletown Christian Tuesday.

Covington, 6-15-1 and the 11th seed, played at third seed Cedarville Wednesday.

Jakob Hamilton pitched a two-hitter, striking out six and walking four.

Hamilton helped himself at the plate, going 2 for 4 with three RBIs.

Colton Francis was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs.

Kody Nelson was 2 for 3 and Wes Gooding had one RBI.

Tri-Village 2,

Bradford 1

NEW MADISON — Fifth-seed Tri-Village edged sixth-seed Bradford 2-1 Tuesday in Division IV sectional play.

Fischer Spencer pitched a five-hitter for Bradford, 9-13. He struck out six and walked one.

Gage Wills had an RBI, while Gaven Trevino and Drew Davidson singled for the Railroaders.

D-III Sectional

Brookville 6,

Milton-Union 3

BROOKVILLE — Despite being seeded lower than its opponent, Milton-Union came into Tuesday’s Division III sectional first-round matchup at Brookville feeling good, knowing it owned a regular-season victory over the Blue Devils.

But No. 12 Brookville rallied from a 2-1 deficit, scoring two in the fifth and two more in the sixth to put away a 6-3 victory and end No. 14 Milton-Union’s season Tuesday.

Aaran Stone went the distance on the mound for Milton-Union, allowing six runs, four earned, on 10 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts while also going 2 for 4 with a double and the plate. A.J. Lovin was also 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, Dustin Booher was 2 for 4 with an RBI and Josh Woodell was 2 for 3 with an RBI as both teams had 10 hits, but the Bulldogs made two costly errors on defense to only one for the Devils.

Brookville advanced to Wednesday’s second round to face No. 4 Dayton Christian on the road. Milton-Union’s season ended at 10-13.

West Liberty-Salem 1,

Miami East 0, 10 inn.

CASSTOWN — No. 15 Miami East couldn’t put together any offense Tuesday, but neither could No. 16 West Liberty-Salem, in a Division III first-round sectional matchup at Miami East. But in the end, the Tigers scratched across a run in the top of the 10th inning to steal a 1-0 victory and oust the Vikings from tournament play.

Despite only having four hits offensively, the Vikings had plenty of chances on the day as West Liberty-Salem committed four errors and four Vikings drew walks. Alex Hayes, Austin Francis, Andy Wargo and Gage Butz each had a hit for East.

Tyler Kirby went the first nine innings on the mound for the Vikings, scattering three hits and a walk while striking out 11. Ian Gengler came on to pitch the 10th, walking one and allowing one hit — a two-out RBI double by Zack Glock that proved to be the game-winning hit.

West Liberty-Salem advanced to Wednesday’s second round to face No. 6 Greenon on the road. Miami East’s season ended at 10-14.

• Track and Field

D-III District

At Piqua

PIQUA — The Newton boys and Covington girls both got off to fast starts at the Division III district track and field meet Tuesday at Alexander Stadium/Purk Field in Piqua.

In the boys competition, Newton got a win from Ethan Cook in the long jump with a distance of 21-0 1-4, while Bradford’s Jacob McQuinn won the discus, 146-4.

Also advancing to regional meet were Troy Christian’s Jalen Hudgins, who was second in the long jump (20-1 3-4) and Newton’s Dawson Hildebrand, who was third in the discus (138-8).

In the girls competition, Covington got wins from Lillian Hamilton in the high jump (5-3) and Lauren Christian in the shot put (42-1 1-4).

Troy Christian’s Kenley Blake also cleared 5-3 in the high jump and finished second.

Also advancing to the regional was the Lehman Catholic 3,200 relay (Sophie Flood, Agnes Schmiesing, Colleen O’Leary, Maria Schmiesing), who finished fourth in 10:36.06.

D-III District

At Milton-Union

WEST MILTON — Both Bethel 4×800 relay teams qualified for next week’s regional meet, and the Bees girls added one individual qualifier after the first day of competition at the Division III district meet Tuesday at Milton-Union High School.

For the girls, the 4×800 relay team of Kaitlyn and Kylie Balkcom, MacKenzie Nida and Maddie Spaeth finished fourth (11:00.45) to advance to the regional meet. And Brielle Gatrell also qualified for the regional in the high jump, finishing fourth (4-10).

And on the boys side, the 4×800 team of Trent Schweikhardt, Keaton Smith, Kaleb Roberts and Cole Brannan finished fourth (8:49.53) to qualify for next week’s regional.

The district meet’s finals will be held Saturday.

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