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There is a tie for the SVC Softball lead with one game to play, after Adena rallied from deficits of 4-0, 6-2 and 9-5, to beat co-front runner Unioto 10-9 in 9 innings.
Cheyenne Ater had a solo homer and the game winning RBI single in extra innings to lead the charge, as she was one of four Lady Warriors with two hits.
Unioto got started quickly, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning, with Hannah Hull capping things off with a 2-run single for the 4-0 lead.
Adena’s Cheyenne Ater answered the call with a solo home run in the bottom of the inning making it 4-1. Another run scored that inning on a wild pitch cutting the deficit to 4-2, with the Lady Warriors stranding two runners.
Unioto’s Avery Miller added to their lead by blasting a two run bomb in the second for 6-2 advantage.
That’s the way the score remained until the bottom of the fourth inning when Madi Halcomb’s RBI single and a failed rundown attempt by Unioto of another Adena runner made it 6-4. A Unioto throwing error at first scored a third run for the Lady Warriors in that inning, cutting the Lady Shermans lead to 6-5.
Unioto tacked on three runs in the fifth inning, thanks to a sacrifice fly by Hannah Hull then a Halle Uhrig fielders choice to score a run for a 7-5 lead. That score ballooned to 8-5 in that inning when Alexis Book drove in another run on a sacrifice fly for a 9-5 lead.
But, Adena came right back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth with runners at 2nd and 3rd, Greenlee Bossert’s sacrifice bunt scored a run and a fielders choice by Emily Jones cut the Unioto lead to 9-7 after five innings.
The Lady Warriors added one run in the bottom of the sixth for a 9-8 score, but stranded runners at second and third.
Unioto missed a golden opportunity to put the game out of reach as they threatened, but left the bases loaded in the top of the 7th inning.
Down to their last at-bat, Adena tied the game in the bottom of the 7th, when Sofi Cheesebrew’s RBI single made it 9-9.
That’s how it remained as both teams missed opportunities in the 8th inning, but Adena made it count in the bottom of the 9th when two runners reached, then Cheyenne Ater’s game winning RBI single ended it at 10-9.
Adena had 10 runs and 11 hits in the game while Unioto had 9 runs on 7 hits. Adena climbs into a first place tie with Unioto at (11-2), with the Lady Warriors concluding with Westfall and Unioto playing Huntington, both postponed until Monday, May 9th. If both teams win on Friday, they will share the SVC championship. Unioto shared with Westfall last season.
In other area conference baseball/softball:
Unioto and Zane Trace are one win away from sharing the SVC baseball championship. Unioto’s game with Huntington has been moved to May 9th, but at last check, Zane Trace at Piketon was still on for Friday, May 6th.
The FAC Baseball title was settled Thursday as Washington CH clinched the crown with a 5-0 win over Hillsboro. The FAC Softball title went to Hillsboro, who beat WCH 10-0 to complete a perfect conference season.
In the Mid State League Buckeye for Softball, Teays Valley completed a perfect MSL season with a 4-2 win over Bloom Carroll.
SOC 2 Baseball had Wheelersburg claiming at least a share of the championship with their 1-0 win over Valley, Wednesday.