Wheelersburg Advances Past Cardington-Lincoln to Play in Softball State Final

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State top ranked Wheelersburg battled back from an early 2-1 deficit to beat Cardington-Lincoln 4-2 in the Division 3 Softball State Semi Friday, advancing to the state championship game.

Scoring in the game started with Wheelersburg scoring in top of the first inning when a bases loaded walk to Rileigh Lang scored a run. A ground out ended the inning for Wheelersburg, leaving the bases loaded.

Cardington-Lincoln got the lead in the bottom of the first when Riley Burchett belted a 2-run homer for a 2-1 lead.

Macee Eaton who started the top of the third by being intentionally walked, came around to third, then scored as a Burg runner was thrown out at second, trying to steal. Game tied 2-2.

Burg wasted a scoring opportunity in the top of the fourth when Laken Wright led off with a double then advanced to third on a wild pitch. She was left stranded at third base when the next three batters popped out and one struck out.

Wheelersburg got the lead back in the top of the fifth when Haley Myers singled, followed by Macee Eaton’s RBI double to put Burg up 3-2. Eaton advanced to third on a wild pitch, and one out later, Sydney Skiver reached on an error, scoring Eaton for a Burg 4-2 lead.

Burg looked like they would add to their tally in the top of the sixth, but a runner at third base left too early on what would have been a sacrifice fly, resulting in a double play to end the inning.

Wheelersburg picked up an insurance run in the top of the 7th inning when Haley Myers singled to start the inning, then later scored on an RBI double by Sydney Skiver for a 5-2 lead.

Andi Jo Howard retired Cardington-Lincoln in order in the home 7th, for the 5-2 win to advance to the state championship.

Wheelersburg had 5 runs on 7 hits, leaving 7 runners on base and committing 1 error. Cardington-Lincoln had 2 runs on 4 hits, leaving 2 runners and committing 3 errors.

Wheelersburg will play Massillon Tuslaw in Saturday’s 7pm state championship for Division 3 at Akron’s Firestone Stadium. Tuslaw advanced with a 6-1 win over Casstown Miami East in the other semi.

Day 1 Sees 4 SVC Athletes Medal at OHSAA Track & Field Championships

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The 2022 Ohio High School Athletic Association Track & Field Championships got underway Friday at The Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Divisions 1, 2 & 3 will be participating through Saturday, June 4th.

Dozens of area athletes are competing for state championships, with several participants from our coverage area that rank in the top 10 in Ohio. On Friday, the first two SVC athletes to medal were Adena’s Sydney Foglesong and Makaela Lovely.

Foglesong placed third in the Division 3 Girls Discus with a toss of 130 feet- 3 inches.

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Lovely placed fourth in the Girls High Jump at 5’2. Originally, OHSAA reported there was a three-way tie for fourth, but later changed that so Lovely placed fourth- outright.

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Paint Valley’s Cole Miller also medaled with a third place finish in the Boys Long Jump at 21 feet- 9 inches.

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Brooke Hopkins of Huntington placed 7th in the seated throw.

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REDS CAMPS Teaches Baseball/Softball Skills Along With Life Lessons in Chillicothe Visit

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Each year, the Cincinnati Reds send out clinicians to work with local coaches to conduct clinics on the fundamentals of baseball/softball to youngsters, while also teaching life lessons about teamwork.

REDS CAMPS was in Chillicothe this week, working with approximately 50 youngsters through high school age at Unioto High School. The CAMP also included hauling all the campers to Cincinnati on Thursday, where they had the opportunity to tour Great American Ballpark’s field, dugouts and other stadium surroundings.

REDS CAMP Clinician, Ross Lunsford, spoke with Litter Media’s Mike Smith on what they try to accomplish in the week-long camp:

While the Chillicothe REDS CAMP for 2022 is concluded, Lunsford explains how you can get your kids involved other camps being held this summer:

Lunsford, who played college baseball for Bowling Green State University, says tentative plans are to return to Chillicothe next summer.