Spring in air as D-I baseball teams hit the diamonds

Spring was definitely in the air last weekend as Division I baseball teams began their seasons.

Several former Ohio Valley Athletic Conference players enjoyed strong openings to their respective seasons.

A pair of ex-Toronto Red Knights were in the starting lineup for all three games last weekend.

Nolan Clegg had three hits, including a solo home run on Sunday against Indiana State, which is coached by Skyvue High School grad Mitch Hannahs.

True freshman Nate Karaffa, who helped lead the Red Knights to the Division IV state title last June, had a hit and a RBI in three games.

Linsly grad and Penn State transfer Logan Goodnight started all four games last weekend for Morehead State. However, Goodnight struggled in his return to action after sitting out last season due to transfer rules. He was 2-of-15 at the plate and fanned nine times.

Toronto product Blaze Glenn started all three games for Youngstown State last weekend and hit .154. He had a double.

Here is a listing of how area products in their sports:


CAITLYN KROLL, Ohio — Bridgeport product came off the bench to score five points in a win over Toledo. In a win over Miami of Ohio, she played 16 minutes and grabbed three rebounds.

ANGELA STAFFILENO, Duquesne — Brooke product netted three points in a win over St. Louis.

LILLY RITZ, Wheeling — Cambridge grad continued to dominante in the post, but it came in a pair of losses. She scored 30 points in games against Glenville and Fairmont, while grabbing 11 and 17 rebounds, respectivelty.

MORGAN BRUNNER, West Liberty — Linsly product scored 12 points in a loss to Ccord and had nine rebounds. She also netted 15 points in a win over Frosburg on Wednesday.

EMILY HOLZOPFEL, Wheeling — Buckeye Local product scored two points against Glenville and played against Fairmont State.

MONICA BRAGG, West Liberty — Madonna product scored two points in a game against Concord and two against Frostburg.

KELSI CHAPMAN, Wheeling — Magnolia grad scored two points in a loss to Glenville and appeared in the loss to Fairmont.

VIVIAN ALLISON, Mercyhurst — Linsly product didn’t appear in the Lakers loss to UPJ.

TAYLOR DUPLAGA, Fairmont State — Wheeling Central alumnus 12 points in a win over Urbana last Saturday and scored nine in her return trip to Wheeling to take on the Cardinals.

LAUREN FLANNERY, Lake Erie — River graduate scored four points in a loss to Cedarville last Saturday.

ANNA DEFILIPPO, Cedarville — St. Clairsville product wasn’t listed in the boxscore for either of the Yellow Jackets last two games.

ALLI DELANEY, Waynesburg — Union Local grad scored 10 points and had eight rebounds in a loss last Saturday and this past Wednesday, in a win over Thiel, she scored 11 and had six boards.

KALLEE DOWLER, Westminster (Mo) — Barnesville product scored 21 points in a win last Saturday and posted 12 points in a loss on Wednesday.


CHASE HARLER, West Virginia — Wheeling Central product scored four points in a loss to Baylor and played 12 minutes in the win over Oklahoma State.

LOGAN ROUTT, West Virginia — The senior from Cameron played in the loss at Baylor, but didn’t appear against Oklahoma State.

PHIL BLEDSOE, Glenville — Wheeling Park graduate continued his fine season, scoring 15 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in a loss at Wheeling and then by virtue of his 22 points against West Virginia Wesleyan, surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career in Glenville.

LUKAS ISALY, Marietta — Sophomore from River had 15 points and five assists in a win over Wilmington. He had nine points, three rebounds and three assists against Muskingum..

TRENTON TIPTON, Wooster — Senior from Union Local scored four points in a loss to Wittenberg and four points in a win over Oberlin.

LUKE McDONOUGH, LaRoche — Bellaire product had four and three points in a pair of wins and averaged three rebounds in those, too.

TREY SINGLETON, Muskingum — Sophomore from Meadowbrook played in a loss to Otterbein and scored nine points in a loss at Marietta.


TARIQ WILSON, N.C. State — Steubenville grad dropped a 7-3 decision to Virginia Tech’s Mitch Moore, 7-3.


HANNAH KEMP, West Liberty — Union Local product continued her brilliant early running career with a school record in the 3000M run. She ran a 10:44.54, which broke a record that had stood for 10 years.


ADRIAN SMITH, Akron — St. Clairsville grad came on in relief during a game against Georgia State to pick up her second win of the season last weekend. She worked 3.2 innings and struck out two.

Staskey can be reached via email at sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com or at twitter.com/TLSportsSeth


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