Cougars plate runs in every inning

Mike Kennedy had a double and scored a run for Shelton. — David G. Whitham

Mike Kennedy had a double and scored a run for Shelton. — David G. Whitham

With two outs in the top of the second, Ridgefield got a single from Pete Columbia and a walk to Nick Cullinan before Stamatis followed with his second run-scoring single of the game. Game balls went to Olivia Klein who started the game pitching, but it was her bat that helped the team the most. "It was good to get the first hit but it was even better because everyone was involved and it was a team win". Rachel Parslow was 2 for 3 with a double and a single, while Natalia Hautanen had a single to drive in two of ConVal's three runs. In the second, Arab's Nic Knighten got on with a double and Russell Brazelton answered with a single, but both runners were stranded after winning pitcher Cooper Self hurled two of his five strikeouts on the day. RBI: Babb 3 (MC), Lee 3 (MC), Crump 2 (MC), Lucas 2 (BC), Carman 2 (BC).

"We're no doubt excited about the start to the season", Munn said.

Meade County ended a four-game slide, losing each game by a run. "Cam came in and closed it out for us".

"It'll be a little tougher than previous year, but we again have another deep team where I have guys to go to if somebody's not getting the job done", Isbell said, noting that seven of his seniors graduated last season and players have filled in every one of those positions with success so far this season.

"We came back, and I was proud of them there", Bidwell said.

Souhegan 16, ConVal 3 - In their first time playing outside this season, the Cougars struggled defensively.

The team was in action again Sunday afternoon completing the three-game series.

FORDYCE - The Bucks (10-13, 7-4) avenged a home loss to the Redbugs and took a big step towards claiming a high seed in the district tournament with a road win in 3A-4A District 12 play Thursday.

"We played well defensively and jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead", Gillis said.

Alex Kozlowski gets the tag down just late on a throw from catcher Joey Romano
Alex Kozlowski gets the tag down just late on a throw from catcher Joey Romano

Senior Michael Rector also brings some varsity experience to the mound for Manchester this season, Johnston said.

Hettinger picked up the win and Jake Sonandres had two hits and two runs scored for West.

"He pitched better than we anticipated", Tom Schmitt said of Brady.

Jackson was able to get the next two batters to pop out to end the inning, and the two teams traded scoreless frames in the second and third. "This is a game we were hoping to have to save our pitching for the rest of the week; our hitters stepped up and our pitchers stepped up as well". We had some timely hits out of multiple guys. This win clinched a playoff spot, but they have their sites on a flawless record District 8-2A championship. And, we got behind in too many counts.

"I told the girls after the game, just don't beat yourselves up", Union Local coach Rich Mercer said. "I felt like we hit the ball well and took advantage of their defensive mistakes; we must learn how to consistently make defensive errors hurt".

Windthorst swept a double header from the Lady Indians in Quanah on Tuesday April 3. Abby Brown had 2 doubles.

The Bulldogs will next host Perry at 5:55 p.m. on Wednesday in Game 2 of the three-game set.

In Monday's blowout game against Heritage, the Papermakers' younger players really stepped up.

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