Graham holds off Triad, 6-5, in softball

Staff report

ST. PARIS – Graham defeated Triad, 6-5, in eight innings of non-league softball on Saturday.

Triad scored two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to knot things up at 4-4, then scratched a run across in the top of the eighth to break the tie.

But Graham was able to plate a pair of runners in the bottom of the frame for the win.

For Graham, Madison Bryant was 5-for-5 with a double and a triple and Alli Neeld went 4-for-5. Ashton Curnutte was 2-for-3 with the walk-off single and Olivia Burr and Skylar Duroda each were 2-for-4.

Bryant had 16 strikeouts in the circle.

For Triad, Madison Dolby was 3-for-4 and Abby Ehrenborg was 2-for-3 with a double. Ali Dixon and Kendell Hughes each doubled.

Today, Graham (3-0) hosts Benjamin Logan while Triad (1-4) hosts Greeneview.

WL-S boys place 5th

VERSAILLES – The West Liberty-Salem boys track and field team competed in the Versailles Boys’ Invitational on Saturday. WL-S placed 5th out of 10 teams in the Black Division with 60.5 points behind Dunbar, Versailles, St. Henry and Marion Local.

WL-S was led by several runner-up finishers. Placing second was the 4×100 (46.07) relay team and 4×200 (1:36.68) relay team. Both relay teams are comprised of Christian Parker, Ian Wolfe, Brandon Wolfe and Raiph LeVan. LeVan also placed 2nd in the 200 (24.05).

Sam Strickland also had a solid day, placing 3rd in the 800 (2:06.87) and anchoring the 3rd place 4×400 relay team (3:44.73). The 4×400 relay is made up of Parker, Ian Wolfe, LeVan and Strickland.

Also placing for the Tigers was Noah Smith in the 3,200 (10:57.89, 4th place) and Brandon Wolfe in the long jump (18-4, 4th place).

“Overall, we are excited about many of our performances. Our relay teams are showing that they can compete with the top teams in the area and we have several guys competing for first in open events as well,” WL-S Coach Joe Taylor said. “We still need to keep working hard to get in shape and to refine our technique as the weather hopefully turns in the next few weeks. This was the first big meet that a lot of our team has ever competed in and those guys stepped up and did a great job.”

The Tigers are back in action at Anna on Saturday.

Urbana beats Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – Urbana defeated Springfield, 3-1, in eight innings of non-league baseball on Saturday.

The game was a scoreless one headed into the eighth, when Urbana finally did some damage and then hung on in the bottom of the frame.

A patient Hillclimbers’ team drew six walks for the game, including three in the final inning. They were also hit by two pitches and did most of their damage on the basepaths with passed balls and wild pitches, scoring all three runs on just one hit in the inning.

Caleb Peterson was 1-for-3 for Urbana, while Kaleb Bowdle and Logan Rooney also picked up hits. Austin Rader had an RBI and drew two walks.

In jayvee baseball, Urbana beat Stebbins, 13-7. Noah Ziegler had 15 strikeouts and threw a complete game. Austin Rooney was 2-for-4, Gavin Spence was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, Nate Wright was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and Ziegler was 2-for-4 with 4 RBI.

Urbana (3-2) hosts Northwestern on Tuesday.

Staff report