ARLINGTON — Dani Heatser and Megan Johnson provided the offense and Britnee Johnson took care of the pitching in Arlington’s 7-0 Blanchard Valley Conference softball win over Van Buren on Monday.
Heater blasted two home runs and Megan Johnson had one. Courtney Stoltz and Aaliyah Comstock added two hits each as the Red Devils (9-1, 4-0)remained tied for first in the standings heading into Wednesday’s matchup with Arcadia (8-1, 4-0).
Arlington put four runs on the board in the bottom of the third inning. Britnee Johnson made sure that was enough, limiting Van Buren 4-9, 1-2 BVC) to two hits.
Van Buren 000 000 0 — 0 2 1
Arlington 004 111 x — 7 8 1
WP — B. Johnson (8-1). LP — Miller. top hitters: (Arl) Stoltz 2-1B, RBI; H. Johnson 1B, RBI; M. Johnson HR, RBI; Heaster 2-HR, 2 RBI; Comstock 2-1B.
records: Van Buren 4-9 overall, 1-2 BVC; Arlington 9-1, 4-0 BVC.
ARCADIA — Arcadia’s Ashley Baird not only earned the win inside the circle, but helped her own cause at the plate as well, driving in three runs with a pair of doubles as the Redskins beat Pandora-Gilboa 7-3 to set the stage for Wednesday’s Blanchard Valley Conference showdown with Arlington.
Arcadia climbed to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the BVC heading into Wednesday’s contest at Arlington, which is also 4-0 in the league after Monday’s 7-0 win over Van Buren. Both teams still have to play Hardin Northern, a third BVC unbeaten (3-0).
Pandora-Gilboa’s Hunter Hermiller belted a solo home run in the first inning. Arcadia answered with two runs in the bottom of the first and added a three-run rally in the second.
Lizzie Coward (2-1B, 2B) added three hits and Maddie Mock (1B, 2B) two to Arcadisa’s 13-hit attck.
Pandora-Gilboa 110 001 0 — 3 4 1
Arcadia 231 100 x — 7 13 2
WP — As. Baird (8-1). LP — Maag. top hitters: (P-G) Hermiller HR, 1B, RBI; Sigler 1B, RBI; Alt 1B, RBI. (Arc) Coward 2B, 2-1B, RBI; As. Baird 2-2B, 3 RBI; Mock 2B, 1B, RBI.
records: Pandora-Gilboa 1-6, 1-4 BVC; Arcadia 8-1, 4-0 BVC.
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RAWSON — Hardin Northern kept pace in the Blanchard Valley Conference race as the Polar Bears shut out Cory-Rawson 13-0 Monday in a BVC softball game.
Addy Bame struck out 13 batters, pitched a complete game, and was 2 for 2 at the plate with a pair of RBIs as Hardin Northern improved to 5-2 overall, 3-0 BVC.
Arcadia and Arlington each are a half-game up on the Polar Bears at 4-0 in BVC play.
Kylee Hooker had a pair of singles and scored three runs.
Cory-Rawson fell to 0-5, 0-2 BVC.
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WP — Bame (4-2). LP — Henry. top hitters: (HN) Hooker 2-1B; Bame 2-1B, 2-RBI; Rowe 2B, RBI; Watts 3B, RBI.
records: Hardin Northern 5-2, 3-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; Cory-Rawson 0-5, 0-2 BVC.
McCOMB — Leipsic scored one run in top of the seventh and held McComb to two runs in the bottom of the inning to hold on for a 9-8 Blanchard Valley Conference softball win over the Panthers Monday.
Maddie Steffan tripled and singled driving home a pair and Paige Sickmiller also tripled and singled for the Vikings (4-8 overall, 1-2 BVC).
Jenna Lanning doubled and hit three singles with an RBI and Brenna Dee added three singles and two RBIs for McComb (2-9, 0-3).
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McComb 021 003 2 — 8 17 4
WP — Gerten. LP — Gomez. top hitters: (McC) Lanning 3-1B, 2B, RBI; Dee 3-1B, 2 RBI;l Ward 3-1B, RBI; Swartz 2-1B. (Leip) Steffan 3B, 1B, 2 RBI; Sickmiller 3B, 1B; Escamilla 2B.
records: McComb 2-9 overall, 0-3 Blanchard Valley Conference; Leipsic 4-8, 1-2.
VANLUE — Liberty-Benton’s Maddi Pape allowed just one run on five hits and had a pair of singles as the Eagles stopped Vanlue 10-1 in a Blanchard Valley Conference softball game on Monday.
Samantha Anders added a pair of singles and two RBIs and Mica Terrian also drove in a pair of runs for Liberty-Benton (3-6 overall, 2-2 BVC).
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Vanlue 000 010 0 — 1 5 6
WP — Pape (2-2). LP — Kliesch. top hitters: (Van) Reed 2B, RBI. (L-B) Anders 2-1B, 2 RBI; Pape 2-1B; Rodesky 1B, RBI; Roberts 1B, RBI.
records: Vanlue 4-7 overall, 2-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; Liberty-Benton 3-6, 2-2.