Bradford baseball ends regular season with win, Tri-Village softball claims outright title; high school baseball and softball roundup


By Drew Terhall

DARKE COUNTY — Here are the scores and stats from the high school baseball and softball games from May 10 – 12.

Franklin Monroe 4 (8-15, 3-7) vs Bradford 14 (16-8, 7-3)

BRADFORD — The Railroaders end the regular season with a conference win over the Jets. Franklin Monroe was coming off a 7-0 loss to Arcanum at Day Air Park on May 10. Both junior Chase Stebbins and senior Conner Neitzelt had five strikeouts on the mound.

Bradford came out swinging to start the game. Coach Derrick Skinner said he wanted the team to focus on hitting line drives and keep the ball down.

“We hit the ball pretty well. We’ve been getting a little near the last couple of games and I’m getting tired of it. We focused today on hitting line drives and keeping the ball down, especially with the wind blowing. We have some kids that have some potential pop, but you’re not going to do anything in this wind,” Skinner said.

Seniors Landon Wills and Hudson Hill each drove in a run. Then with bases loaded, sophomore Gage Shafer cleared the bases with a three-run single to go up 5-0.

Then in the bottom of the second, junior Owen Canan had a RBI double and sophomore Colton Gambill had a RBI triple.

The Jets got on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Sophomore Ben Denlinger scored on a wild pitch and Neitzelt had a RBI.

Franklin Monroe head coach Tyler Zimmerman said in the last few games, his team hasn’t been able to get out to a fast start.

“Every game from Wednesday, Friday and today we had three runs in the first inning. Got to get those slow starts out of the way and hopefully clean it up for Wednesday,” Zimmerman said.

Bradford responded with a six-run fourth inning. Canan drove in another run while freshman Raiden Wombold hit a RBI double. Senior Tucker Miller drove in three runs on an inside the park home run.

Bradford led 14-2 heading into the fifth inning. Franklin Monroe made it a game as junior Parker Patrick drove in a run with a single. With two outs already and another runner trying to score, senior Trey Schmelzer got the tag out to end the game.

Miller and Wills both pitched for Bradford. Miller had four strikeouts in four innings with Wills having a strikeout in one inning. Skinner said he wanted both guys ready for the tournament and prepared for the possibility of them being used in the same game.

“Wanted to keep Tucker fresh and dialed in for his start on Wednesday. He did a nice job pitching. Then we brought in Landon, that could be potentially something we do tournament wise. We wanted to replicate that again today,” Skinner said.

Zimmerman said this game and the game against Arcanum were good games to play for tournament prep. They faced great pitchers in the Bradford duo and Arcanum sophomore Regan Christ.

He said while the team made some good contact in this game, he wanted to see a better performance from his team.

“Got a couple runs on the board. But it’s not the performance we wanted as a team heading into the tournament. This one kind of feels like two steps forward and three steps back,” Zimmerman said.

Both teams will start their playoff run in the OHSAA Division IV Baseball Southwest Sectional. Fourth seed Bradford will host the winner of 13th seed Riverside and 18th seed Tri-Village on May 15 at 5 p.m. The 14th seed Franklin Monroe will take on tenth seed Covington on May 15 at 5 p.m.

A full game recap can be found on our website,


Ansonia (9-12, 6-4)

The Tigers lost 2-0 to New Bremen at home on May 10. Senior Landyn Bowman and Nick Burns along with freshman Kam Ingle each had a hit. Sophomore Noah Heck pitched seven innings and had two strikeouts. In the OHSAA Division IV Baseball Southwest Sectional, the 12th seeded Tigers will head to ninth seed Tri-County North for their first playoff game on May 15 at 5 p.m.

Arcanum (13-9, 8-2)

The Trojans won 7-0 over Franklin Monroe on May 10 at Day Air Park. Sophomore Bryce Kramer had three RBI in the game. Sophomore Regan Christ had a RBI and two hits. On the mound, Christ pitched four innings and had 11 strikeouts. Sophomore Ethan Kearney pitched three innings and had two strikeouts. The fifth seeded Trojans will host the winner of eighth seed Archbishop Alter and 15th seed National Trail on May 15 at 5 p.m in the OHSAA Division III Baseball Southwest Sectional.

Greenville (10-16, 6-12)

The Green Wave lost a pair of games over the weekend. They lost 11-0 to Butler on May 10. Junior Adam Edwards had a hit. The pitching staff combined for three strikeouts in the game. The team then lost 15-1 to the Co-MAC champions in Minster. Junior Layne Hocker had two hits in the game. Freshman Charlie Jasenski had two strikeouts in 1.1 innings pitched. In the OHSAA Division II Baseball Southwest Sectional, if the 12th seeded Green Wave beat the 16th seed Eaton, they would then head to fifth seed Oakwood for their next playoff game at 5 p.m on May 16.

Versailles (23-4, 9-1)

The Tigers won 5-2 over Preble Shawnee on May 11. Senior Gabe White had two RBI in the game. Seniors Travis George and Levi Barga each had a RBI. Senior Lane Bergman had four strikeouts and junior Ross Francis had four strikeouts on the mound. The one seeded Versailles will take on the winner of the 18th seed Northwestern and 16th seed Milton-Union in the OHSAA Division III Baseball Southwest Sectional on May 15 at 5 p.m.


Ansonia (20-6, 9-2)

The Lady Tigers won 10-0 over 12th seed Jackson Center on May 10 in the OHSAA Division IV Softball Southwest Sectional. Ansonia scored six runs in the second inning. Sophomore Ava Thatcher had three RBI while senior Maddie Buckingham drove in a pair of runs. Senior Abby Kramer allowed one hit and struck out nine in five innings on the mound. The second seed Lady Tigers need a win over Russia to claim a spot in the District Finals on May 17 at 5 p.m.

Greenville (25-4, 17-1)

The Lady Wave get their 25th win of the year with a 10-0 win over ninth seed Oakwood in the OHSAA Division II Softball Southwest Sectional. Seniors Addie Burke and Haleigh McDermitt each had three RBI. Senior Mahayla Cook drove in a pair of runs. Junior Zoey Burns had four strikeouts in two innings pitched. Freshman Lizzie Shaffer had nine strikeouts in four innings pitched. Both of them combined to throw a no-hitter. The one seed Lady Wave need a win over fourth seed Clinton Massie to clinch their spot in the District Finals on May 17 at 5 p.m.

Tri-Village (21-1, 11-0)

The Lady Patriots tied a school record with 21 wins in a season and claimed an outright WOAC title with a 19-1 win over Newton on May 11. Freshman Emma Greer had a home run and seven RBI. Senior Kiersten Wilcox had four RBI. Sophomore Elizabeth Poling had three strikeouts in three innings. Greer pitched two innings and had four strikeouts. A win over the sixth seed Tri-County North Lady Panthers will send the one seeded Lady Patriots to the District Finals on May 17 at 5 p.m.

Contact Daily Advocate sports editor Drew Terhall at [email protected].

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