Maplewood misses finale by one run
ASHLAND -- Lori Harmon pitched a three-hitter and Willow Wood Symmes Valley took advantage of three errors by Cortland Maplewood on Thursday to win a Division IV state softball semifinal, 3-2.
Harmon (18-2) struck out 10 over seven innings for the Vikings, who will play Convoy Crestview for the championship onSaturday.
Symmes Valley (22-3) managed only three hits but scored two unearned runs. One came on an error in a two-run third inning and the other gave the Vikings a 3-2 lead in the fifth after two errors by the Rockets.
Harmon gave up runs in the first and fourth but held Maplewood (27-5) to only one baserunner over the final three innings.
Markie Pozzuto (20-3) pitched a complete game for Maplewood. She struck out 15 and walked two.
Convoy Crestview 6, New Bremen 1
Jamie Perkins pitched a complete game and hit a two-run double, leading Convoy Crestview in the other Div. IV semifinal.
Perkins (22-0) allowed only two hits and a walk while striking out 12 over seven innings. Her double drove in Alisha Etzler and Heather Simindinger to give the Knights (28-0) a 3-1 lead in the third.
Ashley Holden, who collected two hits for Crestview, had an RBI single and scored in the Knights' three-run fourth.
New Bremen (20-8) committed one error in the third and three in the fourth, leading to five unearned runs. Cardinals starter Marie Staten (9-6) was charged with one earned runs on six hits in six innings.
Lauren Enlow's triple to left field drove in the final two runs of a four-run fifth inning and Uniontown Lake rallied to beat West Chester Lakota West 4-3 in the state Div. I softball semifinals.
Julie Boyes (25-1) pitched a complete game and drove in a run in the four-run fifth for the Blue Streaks (27-3). She gave up three runs, one earned, while allowing five hits, walking three and striking out eight.
Rachel Denham and Lamara Parker each drove in a run for the Firebirds (27-5).
Lindsay Bodeker (23-5) allowed four runs on eight hits for the Firebirds, walking two and striking out 12.
Harrison 2, Tol. St. Ursula 0
Sarah Beatty pitched a shutout and Amanda Glacken had two hits and drove in a run to lead Harrison to victory in the other Div. I semifinal.
Beatty (18-4) allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five for the Wildcats (25-8).
Harrison scored the game's only runs in the third inning on a run-scoring double by Ashley Hudson and Glacken's single. Both runs were unearned.
Hayley Wiemer (23-3) gave up three hits and struck out 12 for the Arrows (28-3).