Tuesday NKY HS Sports Round-Up: Simon Kenton softball wins on Senior Day

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The host Simon Kenton Lady Pioneers and Boone County Lady Rebels met both needing a win in big ways with the postseason approaching.

Simon Kenton (12-10) had lost six of seven and Boone County (8-15) dropped five in a row against good competition. The Pioneers pulled out an 11-5 win on Senior Day honoring their three seniors in shortstop Alexis Baker, left fielder Paige Heringer and third baseman Hannah Schwier.

“I told the team before we went out there, ‘I’ve been here for six years and we’ve never lost on Senior Day so I didn’t want to lose on mine,” Baker said. “I think we came out, played together and had some fun. Now we’re going to have more fun.”

Simon Kenton hit the ball much better. The Lady Pioneers batted .414 (12 for 29) overall with four recording multi-hit games. Sophomore pitcher Landrey Dance led the way going 3 for 4 with three RBI. Seventh grade right fielder Jayden Jones went 2 for 2 and scored three times. Freshman second baseman Larkin Mitchell went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and eighth grade first baseman Adreena Barton going 2 for 3.

“I thought that I had to play and lay it all out. I let my mind go blank and just do my thing,” Barton said of adjusting to the varsity level. “I know I have a job to do and I just have to execute. If the ball is going down, you have to go down with it. If it’s going up, you have to go up with it.”

Dance (6-9) pitched a complete game for Simon Kenton. She struck out four, walked two and allowed just four hits.

“Landrey has actually been pitching well all year,” said Chris Young, Simon Kenton Head Coach. “Her record does not indicate that. We’ve been working all season on improving our defense.”

Simon Kenton had two errors to one for Boone County. Both teams scored one unearned run.

The Lady Pioneers stole nine bases. Jones stole four.

“We tried to straight out beat teams hitting the ball in recent weeks,” Young said. “It didn’t work well for us so we went back to playing some small ball. We executed key plays.”

Freshman Dani Wright (3-5) pitched a complete game for Boone County. She struck out seven.

Simon Kenton trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the third. But the Lady Pioneers executed some small ball to build a 5-1 advantage and never look back. Jones and Schwier scored on the same wild pitch for the last two runs of the inning.

Simon Kenton went up 8-1 after the fourth inning. Dance singled to score Mitchell before twins Taylor and Jayden Jones stole home. Boone County did trim the lead to 8-5 before Simon Kenton responded with three in the bottom of the fifth.

Simon Kenton plays host to Carroll County (2-12) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Boone County travels to Beechwood (12-13) on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Ryle 5, Notre Dame 1:

The Lady Raiders (14-12) downed the Pandas (9-8) in Park Hills behind another nice game from sophomore Maddie Goddard.

Goddard (11-6) pitched a complete game striking out four, walking none and allowing just three hits. Ryle made two errors to one for Notre Dame. Ryle had three unearned runs to one for Notre Dame.

“It was a solid defensive game for Ryle,” said Jarret Goddard, Ryle Head Coach. “They put balls in play and we made plays. It was great to see.”

Ryle batted .353 (12 for 34) overall. Freshman catcher Laney Schuster went 3 for 3 and Maddie Goddard went 3 for 4 with a double and RBI. Junior shortstop Avery Parsons went 2 for 4 with one RBI and one run scored.

Ryle scored twice in the top of the fourth. The Lady Raiders added three in the sixth before Notre Dame scored one in the bottom of the sixth.

Freshman Abby Turnpaugh (5-4) pitched six innings for Notre Dame. She struck out five and walked one. Senior Cam Steinbrunner pitched the seventh inning.

“This game got us going a bit,” Schuster said. “We knew (Turnpaugh) was mostly going to throw outside so we just tried to adjust. We had some pretty solid hits to the right side when we could.”

Notre Dame senior shortstop Addison Mack leads the Pandas batting .444 on the season. Ryle held her hitless in three at bats.

Ryle travels to Conner (10-6) for a crucial 33rd District game on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Notre Dame travels to Williamstown (3-9) for a 5:30 p.m. game.

Cooper 18, Scott 3 (4 innings):

The Lady Jaguars (21-5) scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth to close out the win over the Lady Eagles (13-17). Cooper batted .450 (9 for 20) overall and took advantage of 11 walks and five stolen bases.

“They did a pretty good job for the most part being patient,” said Rusty Scott, Cooper Head Coach. “We knew we were able to take advantage on the bases a bit. We’re typically pretty aggressive. If there’s a missed ball, we typically take the extra base.”

Senior shortstop Dylan Scott went 2 for 2 with a home run, two walks, two RBI and two runs scored for Cooper. Senior third baseman Emily Schmeltz went 2 for 2 with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored.

“I definitely didn’t want to give (Scott sophomore pitcher Emma Scribner) more strikes than she threw,” Schmeltz said. “I tried to drive the pitches that I like. But the ones that she did throw to me, I knew I had to hit them well or I was going to get myself out.”

Sophomore outfielder Ava Scott and senior second baseman Amber Chaney stole two bases and scored three runs. Junior Ashley Chaney and sophomore Kailey Milburn scored two runs each. Milburn, junior Kendall Blau and eighth grade catcher Kat Furnish batted in two each.

Senior Hanna Hollis (4-1) pitched the first two innings to earn the win walking three and allowing just two hits and three earned runs. Blau pitched the last two striking out three, walking two and allowing just one hit.

Scott had two errors to none for Cooper. The Lady Jaguars scored two unearned runs. Freshman Elise Manhardt went 2 for 2 to lead Scott.

Cooper travels to Grant County (12-10) on Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. game. Scott plays at Calvary Christian (8-14-1) on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Highlands 15, Bellevue 0 (4 innings):

The Bluebirds (16-10) earned the outright win over the visiting Tigers (7-7) to claim another undisputed top seed in the 36th District Tournament. They’ve won six in a row.

Highlands batted .278 (5 for 18) overall drawing 11 walks. Senior shortstop Anna Greenwell went 1 for 2 with a home run, two walks, four RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore center fielder Bailey Markus, eighth grade second baseman Cam Markus, freshman Kara Wartman and senior Eleanor Todd scored two runs each. Bailey Markus and Tood had two RBI each.

“We did practice for it. We had some slow pitches thrown at us,” Cam Markus said. “Most of the team was giving us information if your hands were too low or if we were dipping. We were just helping each other out.”

Eighth grade pitcher Kaitlyn Dixon (4-2) pitched a complete game to earn the win. She struck out seven and allowed just one hit.

“We took care of business,” said Milt Horner, Highlands Head Coach. “Kaitlyn pitched well. We only had to make a couple plays, which we did. We started hitting the ball a bit in the last inning.”

Highlands travels to Campbell County (10-7) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Bellevue travels to Holmes (8-13) on Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. game.

Campbell County 15, St. Henry 0 (3 innings):

The Camels (10-7) downed the Crusaders (6-12) scoring 13 runs in the bottom of the first. Campbell County honored its two seniors in center fielder Bella Bastin and left fielder Maddie Kramer.

Junior Alex Leicht (2-4) pitched a complete game for Campbell County. She struck out five, walked two and allowed just one hit.

“You just never know with Senior Day,” said Sandi Kitchen, Campbell County Head Coach. “Focus isn’t always there from the start. It was nice to get off on the right foot. But certainly 13 runs in the first inning said a lot about where our focus was. It’s a nice game to relax and get things going. We’ve certainly seen St. Henry hit. But we got the best of them (Tuesday).”

The Camels batted .545 (12 for 22) overall and drew seven walks. Kramer went 2 for 4 with one double, two RBI and one run scored. Junior second baseman Paige Stewart added a double scoring twice and driving in two. Leicht also drove in two. Bastin, eighth grade third baseman Hope Hamilton, junior first baseman Emily Nadeau and freshman Breahna Tate scored two runs each.

“Overall, we had a good eye and didn’t swing at bad pitches,” said Izzy Whisman, Campbell County junior catcher. “We had bases loaded multiple times. We needed to get the runs in to finish the game.”

Campbell County plays host to Highlands (16-10) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. St. Henry plays host to Dayton (5-12) on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Baseball:

Conner 4, Highlands 3:

The Cougars (25-5) scored three runs in the top of the sixth to down the host Bluebirds (16-11) in the third game of the season between the two.

The Cougars loaded the bases with two out in the top of the sixth when junior Brody Mangold singled, junior catcher Luke Hubbard walked and senior third baseman Blaise Bowman singled. Senior Trevor Jordan ran for Hubbard and senior Ethan Hite ran for Mangold.

That’s when junior pitcher Ayden Lohr came up with a crucial hit. He lined a single to center scoring Hite and Jordan. Bowman scored on a Highlands error.

“Shout-out to Brody Mangold. He came in cold off the bench starting off that inning,” Bowman said. “I had that hit to the right side because the middle infielders were playing pretty far up the middle so I took it to the right side before our pitcher had that clutch hit. We haven’t had a lot of close games like this. Usually, we score a lot in the beginning of the game. I think it was a good game. Usually teams have to come back on us. But we had to come back on them.”

Lohr (6-0) pitched a complete game striking out four and walking one. Both teams committed one error. But only Conner had one unearned run in what ended up being the difference in the game.

Conner batted .276 (8 for 29) overall. Senior shortstop Gage Testerman and senior designated hitter Briggs Yeunger both went 2 for 4 with doubles. Yeunger had one RBI and Testerman scored once. Testerman also stole two bases.

“We hit the ball well. We just hit it right at (Highlands fielders),” said Brad Arlinghaus, Conner Head Coach. “It seemed Highlands made every play. Ayden pitched well enough to keep us in the ballgames. That’s all you can ask out of your pitcher. Our defense played spectacular.”

Senior Abe Hils (3-2) also threw a complete game for Highlands. He struck out four and walked one.

Highlands (16-11) batted .185 (5 for 27) overall. Senior second baseman Charlie Gorman led the way going 2 for 3 with one RBI. Senior first baseman Jonah Hankins had a two-run home run scoring senior Jack Schneider to give Highlands a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth.

Conner plays host to Covington Catholic (16-11) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Highlands travels to Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller on Wednesday at the same time.

Beechwood 12, Cooper 3:

The Tigers (22-4) fell behind the visiting Jaguars (9-19), 3-2 in the top of the fourth. But they scored six in the bottom of the inning and never looked back.

Junior Sam Cottengim (5-0) pitched six innings to earn the win for the Tigers. He struck out one and walked one. Junior Sam Stacy pitched the seventh inning striking out one to finish the game.

“Anytime you go out like that and not have the best game before, it always boosts your confidence just to get the feel for that,” Stacy said. “Even though it was just for one inning, I was glad I could go out, help the team and get that feel back.”

Beechwood batted .333 (9 for 27) overall. Senior left fielder Brett Holladay led the way going 3 for 5 with a home run, two doubles, five RBI and two runs scored. Junior first baseman Cameron Boyd went 2 for 3 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored. Junior right fielder Landon Johnson had a double and three RBI.

Cooper batted (11 for 30) overall. Junior Chase Gartner went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Senior first baseman Corbin Fletcher went 2 for 4 with two doubles. Senior third baseman Jake Jennings and sophomore center fielder Connor Robinson both went 2 for 4. Robinson had an RBI.

Gartner started for Cooper and pitched into the fourth inning. Juniors Logan Dean and James Crowe also pitched for the Jaguars.

“We were actually hitting (Gartner) in the first. We had runners at second and third with no out and already scored two runs. But once again, we didn’t get timely hitting that inning,” said Kevin Gray, Beechwood Head Coach. “He started pitching backwards the nest few innings and our guys were not adjusting to it. Luckily in the fourth, we squared some balls up and got his pitch count up and then they had to pull him. Chase can beat anyone on any given day. It was good for us.”

Beechwood travels to Simon Kenton (15-10) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Cooper plays host to Campbell County (17-9) at the same time Wednesday.

Dixie Heights 11, Lloyd Memorial 0 (5 innings):

The Colonels (19-7) took care of the Juggernauts (10-15) to earn the undisputed top seed in the 34th District Tournament at 4-0 in district seed action. Dixie Heights scored five in the first and six in the second.

Junior Brayden Runion (5-1) pitched a complete game for Dixie Heights. He struck out four, walked seven and allowed just two hits.

“I didn’t get a couple kids in because the game got through real quick,” said Chris Maxwell, Dixie Heights Head Coach. “I guess that’s a good thing to have. Those first five, sometimes six guys are generally pretty solid. We’re still trying to find guys at the bottom of the line-up to be more consistent.”

The Colonels batted .500 (12 for 24) overall with two players recording multi-hit games. Junior catcher Ethan Bosley went 2 for 3 with a triple. Senior right fielder Brandon Brooks went 2 for 2 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored. Seniors Logan Wilson, Gabe Thelen and sophomore Carter Schroer scored two runs each. Senior Brennan Staton drove in three and junior Owen Lawrence batted in two.

“We didn’t let up at all,” Bosley said. “We just need to stay into the game more (with big leads). We need to have people step up and stay on people in the dugout to stay energized.”

Dixie Heights plays host to Bishop Brossart (15-13-1) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Lloyd Memorial plays host to Eminence (3-17) at 5:30 p.m.

Ryle 15, Bishop Brossart 4 (5 innings):

The Raiders (14-12) ventured to Alexandria, scored 10 runs in the top of the second and rolled to a five-inning non-region win over the Mustangs (15-13-1) in non-region play.

All but one spot in the line-up had at least one hit for the Raiders. They batted .469 (15 for 32) overall. Junior infielder TJ Schira led the way going 3 for 3 with three RBI and three runs scored. Senior shortstop Josh Furtado went 3 for 5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored.

“We did a good job,” said Joe Aylor, Ryle Head Coach. “We did the best we could with the approaches. We just looked to keep the ball in play and we did. We drove in the runs when we had the opportunities. In the last couple days, where we didn’t execute, we’re starting to, which was nice to see going into the last week of the season.”

Five different Raiders had multi-hit games. Junior Keegan Flaherty went 2 for 5 with one RBI and two runs scored. Junior left fielder Roman Furuta went 2 for 4 with a home run, RBI and two runs scored and junior right fielder Jake Wieland went 2 for 3 with two RBI and one run scored. Freshman Dylan McIntyre drove in two and scored twice. Sophomore Caleb Mann and senior catcher Brayden Vice drove in two each.

“I thought we did a great job,” Furuta said. “We were hitting balls all over the field, hitting gaps, hitting nice line drives just putting runners on base. We stole some bases. That helped us out a lot.”

Ryle saw three pitchers combine to record six strikeouts and three walks. Sophomore Caleb Mann started and pitched the first two innings with senior Tyler Sickmeyer pitching the next two innings and senior Brayden Stewart pitching the fifth inning.

Bishop Brossart batted .304 (7 for 23) overall. Senior Mitchell Combs went 2 for 2 with an RBI and run scored for the Mustangs. Senior Ryan Ebert had a double.

Ryle plays host to Bellevue (9-17) on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Bishop Brossart travels to Dixie Heights (19-7) at 5 p.m.

Walton-Verona 11, Scott 1 (5 innings):

The Bearcats (18-8) took down the Eagles (8-20) at Beechwood in non-region action.

Scott had three errors to none for Walton-Verona. The Bearcats scored three unearned runs off them.

The Bearcats batted .414 (12 for 29) overall. Junior designated hitter Jimmy Shields went 3 for 4 with a double, four RBI and one run scored. Junior left fielder Evan Kerns went 3 for 4 with four runs scored. Sophomore third baseman Bryce Corpus went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored. Junior first baseman Lance Coleman batted in two with senior shortstop Nick Allen homering and scoring twice.

“It’s been a consistent theme over the last several weeks,” said Clint Coleman, Walton-Verona Head Coach. “We’ve seen guys hitting up and down the line-up. We had several big ones.”

Junior Carter Krohman (3-1) pitched the first three innings to earn the win. He struck out three, walked one and allowed one earned run. Sophomore Mason Howard pitched the last two innings striking out two.

Scott batted .333 (6 for 18) overall. Sophomore shortstop Dylan Giffen led the way going 2 for 3 with an RBI. Senior outfielder Troy Grubb had a double.

Walton-Verona travels to Boone County (9-14) on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. game. Scott plays Tates Creek in the Fayette County Invitational on Friday at 8 p.m. in Lexington.

Campbell County 19, Nicholas County 0 (5 innings):

The Camels (17-9) dominated the Blue Jackets (19-8) on the road in 10th Region action. Campbell County is 9-1 against region opponents.

Campbell County junior Max Lause (3-3) pitched a complete game. He struck out seven, walked three and allowed just two hits. Nicholas County had two errors to one for Campbell County. The Camels scored three unearned runs.

Campbell County batted an impressive .516 (16 for 31) overall with five players recording multi-hit games. Junior third baseman Evan Clark led the way going 3 for 4 with a double, four RBI and three runs scored. Senior first baseman Jake Napier went 3 for 3 with two RBI and one run scored. Senior center fielder Greg Vineyard went 2 for 4 with two RBI and four runs scored. Senior Zack Riley went 2 for 3 with a double, three RBI and one run scored and senior second baseman Tyler Fowler went 2 for 4 with one run scored. Junior Jake Gross scored twice and drove in two with freshman left fielder Zach Franzen walking twice and scoring three times.

“(Nicholas County) threw the number three,” said Scott Schweitzer, Campbell County Head Coach. “They had their different set-up. They had some errors and we took advantage of them. Our guys came out and were off and running. When you score eight runs in the first inning, it sucks the sails out of everyone. Nicholas County was (third) on the 10th Region (Ratings Percentage Index rankings). Whether they’re throwing their ace or not, it’s a good win to get.”

The Camels drew 12 walks as the lopsided score allowed some reserves to come in. Senior Sam Reynolds walked twice and scored a run.

“Our team is really close. We hang out on and off the field,” Reynolds said. “Some of us even go to church together. That’s why we back each other up when our time comes in games.”

The Camels travel to Cooper (9-19) on Wednesday. Game time is 5 p.m.

Covington Catholic 17, Holmes 0 (3 innings):

The Colonels (16-11) had few issues dispatching the host Bulldogs (5-21) in 35th District play.

Sophomore Bradley Zekl started the game for CovCath pitching one inning striking out one and allowing no hits. Senior Joshua Dusing pitched the other two innings striking out two and allowing two hits.

CovCath batted .591 (13 for 22) overall drawing eight walks and stealing nine bases. Junior Max Lawrie went 2 for 2 with four RBI as five different Colonels had multi-hit games. Sophomore Charlie Dieruf went 2 for 3 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored. Senior Will Burke went 2 for 3 with a triple, three RBI and one run scored. Freshman Jackson Reardon went 2 for 3 with three RBI and two runs scored and freshman Alek Yuskewich went 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Senior Evan Myers scored three runs and senior Matt Gerdes scored twice.

CovCath travels to Conner (25-5) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Holmes plays host to Bellevue (9-17) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Other May 10 NKY Softball Scores:

Holmes 16, Ludlow 5 (5 innings)

Holy Cross 13, Newport Central Catholic 11 (11 innings)

Other May 10 NKY Baseball Scores:

Ludlow 7, Bellevue 5

Calvary Christian 12, Dayton 3

Newport 10, Covington Latin 8

Mariemont (Ohio) 14, Holy Cross 7

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