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home : sports : sports August 17, 2017

5/13/2017 4:18:00 PM
SOFTBALL: Top-seeded Ironladies fall to Warren in sectional final 7-0

Sports Editor

JACKSON - Two big innings led to Warren's 7-0 Division II sectional championship win over top-seeded Jackson on Saturday afternoon at Jackson High School.

It was really the first time the Ironladies have been shut out by an opponent all season.

"All the way around, today just wasn't our day," said Jackson head coach Shane Wolford. "They (Warren) hit the ball and we didn't. That was the difference.

"We struck out a lot today and we haven't done that this year and we haven't been shutout this season either."

Already staked to a 1-0 lead, the fifth-seeded Lady Warriors erupted for three runs in the second inning and three more in the seventh, which proved to more than enough support for Warren pitcher Sarah Greenlee.

Greenlee didn't allow a run and gave up only four hits. She went on to strike out seven and walked one in her complete game effort.

"Hats off to their pitcher, said Wolford. The first pitch she threw to each of our hitters today was right down the heart and we just let it go by. I don't instruct our girls to take the first pitch, but she stayed ahead in the count the entire game.

"When a pitcher can do that, it makes it tough, because we then started chasing a lot of pitches that were high."

On the other side, Jackson starter Sydney Humphreys was saddled with the loss after yielding seven runs (six earned) on 12 hits, with one strikeout and one walk.

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The Lady Warriors broke the scoreless tie in the top of the first inning when Diamond Decker's sacrifice fly plated Elisabeth Williams from third for a 1-0 lead.

Warren extended its lead in the second with three runs on four hits, as Hannah Yoho and Chloe Corser got the inning started with a pair of one-out singles. Grace Way then ripped a double into right-center field to score both runners. Two batters later, Olivia Shutts singled to left to score Way and take a 4-0 advantage.

The Ironladies (17-5) did not get their first hit until the bottom of the third inning when Mackenzie Humphreys singled with one out. Humphreys was left stranded at first though, as Maddie Campbell popped-up to the catcher and Sydney Humphreys flew out to short to end the inning.

Of the seven runners Jackson left on base for the game, four were in scoring position, including two at third base.

"We got a couple of runners on with no outs. We tried to bunt them over but couldn't execute that," Wolford said. "Anytime you get base runners on, you have to do something with it but we weren't able to do that today."

Warren added to its lead in the top of the seventh on three hits and one Jackson error. Williams led off with a double in the left field corner and scored on a single by Shutts.

After Sydney Humphreys got Avery Grayson on a comebacker for the first out of the inning, Decker reached on an error and Greenlee singled to right to score Clutts. Emilie Mallett then drove home Decker on a ground ball to the left side to make it 7-0.

Jackson tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh when Katelyn Newkirk singled and Mackenzie Humphreys reached on a fielder's choice. Humphreys advanced to second and third on back-to-back wild pitches, but Campbell and Sydney Humphreys flew out to center field to end the game.

It was the final game for Jackson seniors Amelia Davis, Maddie Campbell and Sam Medley.

"These are a great group of girls and we are going to miss them terribly," Wolford said about his seniors. "It's not because of the type of players they are, it's the type of people they are. There was a few times this season where a couple of them weren't playing and never once did they complain. They were all about the team.

"When your seniors are all about the team, then you know you are going to be successful."

With the win, Warren advances to the Division II district tournament, where they will face No. 3 Circleville in a semifinal on Monday at Ohio University.

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