RICHMOND - Indian Creek has accomplished another one of its goals.
The Redskins' softball team scored the first five runs of the game en route to a 5-2 victory over Buckeye Local Thursday at Jefferson Lake State Park to win an Ohio Division II sectional championship for the second straight season.
With the win, Indian Creek (18-3) will now play Dover at 5 p.m. Tuesday at River View High School in an Eastern District co-final.
"Winning the sectional title was one our goals at the beginning of the season," Indian Creek head coach Angie Penner said. "We wanted to be the top team in the OVAC, but things didn't fall our way.
"Our next goal was we wanted to win the Buckeye 8. We were able to do that. We are 18-3.
"Our third goal is we wanted to get back to districts. We fought hard for seven innings. Like I said yesterday (Wednesday), when you get to this level everyone wants to win. We are going to need to bring our 'A' game every game. We have to be mentally tough.
The Redskins also defeated the Panthers in the sectional final last season.
"It just didn't fall our way," Buckeye Local (15-12) head coach Joe Soos said. "We lost our focus a little bit in that three-run inning. If not for that, we would still be playing, but it is what it is."
Thursday, Paige Geanangel picked up the win for the Redskins. She struck out seven and walked three. She allowed two runs on two hits.
Offensively, Indian Creek ended up with six hits.
Individually, Geanangel helped her own cause with a solo home run. Bre Mays tallied two singles and an RBI and Mallorie Sullivan collected a run-scoring single.
Ivy Starcher took the loss for the Panthers. Starcher recorded eight strikeouts and four walks.
Offensively, the Panthers were only able to muster a pair of base hits. Lauren Swiger ripped a run-scoring single and Amy Balk collected a hit.
"That first inning was as crazy as it gets," Soos said. "That sums up the way the season went.
"We are losing some quality kids. You hate to see them graduate, but life goes on. We will rebuild, and we will come back again next year."
After a scoreless first inning, the Redskins took the early lead with a run on an error in the bottom of the second to take a 1-0 advantage.
The Redskins added to their lead in the fourth when Geanangel belted her home run over the fence in right-centerfield.
The victors plated three more runs in the fifth to gain control of the game. Mays and Sullivan netted run-scoring singles in the stanza. Another run scored on a wild pitch as the Redskins built a 5-0 lead.
The Panthers scored twice in the top of the sixth. A run scored on a wild pitch, and another scored on Swiger's single.
"Give Buckeye Local credit," Penner said. "They are a good team. Coach Soos does an outstanding job with those kids. Ivy pitched a good game. She struck out eight. We knew coming into the game that they were a good-hitting team. We knew we were going to have to keep them off-balance."
The game was the final one for Buckeye Local's five seniors - Kaylee DeCesare, Taryn Tonkovich, Balk, Aliyah Marelli and Rachel Hoagland.
Dover advanced to Tuesday's game by blanking Carrollton, 10-0, in five innings Wednesday at Carrollton.
Buckeye Local 000 002 0 - 2 2 2
Indian Creek 010 130 x - 5 6 2
Batteries: Starcher and B. Zeroski. Geanangel and Orr