EAST LIVERPOOL - Ivy Starcher struck out 15 and tossed a 3-hitter as Buckeye Local continued its late-season surge with an 8-0 win over homestanding East Liverpool Tuesday night in high school softball action.
It was the first game for the Panthers (11-9) since they claimed the OVAC Class 4A championship Saturday with a 4-3 win over Harrison Central at the I-470 J.B. Chambers Complex in Elm Grove.
Every starter in the Buckeye Local lineup recorded at least one hit as the Panthers rapped out 14 safeties.
Kaylee DeCesare led the way with two singles and three RBI. Kierstyn Czuchran singled and doubled, while Lauren Swiger and Rachel Hoagland each singled twice, with Swiger driving in two runs.
Aliyah Marelli singled and tripled.
Becky Zeroski rapped a 2-run single, while Taryn Tonkovich and Karlee Leonard had run-scoring base knocks.
The Potters (4-16) will make the return trip to Connorville today.
St. John Central 9,
At Amanda's Field, the beat goes on for the Irish (20-2) as they toppled the 4A Big Red for the second time this season.
Hannah Absalom was again the difference inside the circle as the junior struck out 16, didn't walk a batter and allowed three hits.
She also drove in two runs with a pair of doubles and a single. Batterymate Morgan DeLuca added two RBI on a single and home run.
Sydney Helms also knocked in a pair of teammates with a single and double.
Kyleigh Falcone had two singles and an RBI, while Amber LaMotte had a pair of base knocks that produced a run.
Shadyside 4, Bridgeport 3
At Irene Ehni Memorial Field, Kenzie Fielding's steal of home in the top of the seventh was the deciding run as the Tigers (11-5) earned a regular-season sweep of the injury-riddled host Bulldogs (8-9).
Lindsey Dunn had a 2-run single in the sixth that erased a 1-0 deficit.
Fielding added a run-scoring double.
Dustyne Cargnell and Bri Cross had RBI singles for Bridgeport.
Peyton Stewart had an RBI triple.
The Bulldogs are playing without the services of senior pitcher Ashley Hadzima (knee), senior catcher Kallie Meyers (elbow) and sophomore Keri Renzler (broken thumb).
Bridgeport hosts Martins Ferry today at 4:30. Shadyside travels to Barnesville for a 5 p.m. matchup.
Union Local 13,
Buckeye Trail 2
At Morristown, the Jets (11-12) scored seven times in the bottom of the fourth and finished the mercy rule with a 5-run sixth at Jets Field.
Ali Bethel doubled to knock in three runs, while Maddie Schafer helped her own cause with two runs batted in on a pair of singles and a double. Amanda Swallie singled and doubled to drive in a run.
Ali Delaney, Brittany Arigoni and Olivia Minamyer had run-scoring singles.
Schafer tossed a complete game 3-hitter.
She struck out three and walked just one.
Union Local doesn't have a game scheduled until the Division III sectional tournament at St. Clairsville, but head coach Roger Herbert said he is trying to schedule a couple of makeup games.
Indian Creek 4,
St. Clairsville 1, 12 inn.
At St. Clairsville, the visiting Redskins tallied three times in the top of the 12th inning to outlast the Red Devils.
Paige Demattio clubbed a 2-run home run in the decisive frame.
Lauren Figura had two singles among St. Clairsville's nine hits. Michaela Miller and Krista Morrison each doubled.