Headed to the District Finals Betty D Cox Michael L Evans Thelma R Stamper Therese A Boerger Lady Indians go down in straight sets to Valley in sectional play Manchester hosts the inaugural Southern Ohio Cheer Challenge NAHS girls claim soccer sectional title Seas siblings are SHAC Cross-Country champions Lady Devils will collect fourth consecutive SHAC gold ball trophy Lady Hounds ousted in sectional tourney opener Peebles Lions Club holding Thanksgiving fund raiser FFA Fruit sales have begun, run until Nov. 18 Historical marker is repaired PES will present ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Eagle Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center Open House showcases new unit PES teacher honored by ACOVSD Board Friends of North Adams Library dedicate new brick Veterans Memorial Senior Profile: Landon Wright Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin Local golf teams complete play at state tournament Lady Dragons make school history with tournament win Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics Local beautician celebrates 80th birthday Health Department appeals to November voters Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award

Lady Indians just keep on winning, record now stands at 11-2

Junior Aubrey McFarland has been one of the keys to success this season for the Peebles Lady Indians.  Photo by Mark Carpenter
Junior Aubrey McFarland has been one of the keys to success this season for the Peebles Lady Indians. Photo by Mark Carpenter

By Mark Carpenter – People’s Defender

The beat rolls on for Coach Doug McFarland and his young and talented Peebles Lady Indians varsity softball squad and that roll continued in the past week at the expense of the Ripley Lady Jays, as the Lady Indians swept a home and home series in dominating fashion, shutting out the Jays 13-0 on April 21 and then 12-0 on April 25.

Both of the games were Southern Hills Athletic Conference contests and the two wins improved the Peebles girls to 11-2 on the season, 8-1 in the SHAC.

The April 21 game was played on the home field of the Lady Jays, which is actually located in Aberdeen, but the site didn’t matter as the Lady Indians overcame a slow start to pound out a 13-0 run rule win in five innings. Again it was the freshman pitching combo of McKenzie Swango and Madison Pierce being on target, with Swango throwing the first four innings and Pierce mopping up in the fifth.

After being held scoreless in the top of the first, Peebles scored once in the second on an RBI hot by Matti Nichols and then tacked on a big six-spot in the third, getting base hits from Pierce, Aubrey McFarland, Swango, Kaitlin and Jerilin Toller, Jessica Sowards, and Kylie Sims to take a 7-0 advantage.

Back to back triples by McFarland and Swango keyed another six-run inning, this time in the fourth, as the Lady Indians finished off the five-inning run rule win to hit double digits in victories for the season.

Swango scattered five hits over her four innings of work, while Pierce threw a hitless fifth to seal the deal.

Four days later, the same two teams met in Peebles, with a result that nearly mirrored their previous meeting. This time it was junior Jessica Sowards taking her turn in the pitching circle, giving up two doubles to Ripley lead off hitter Elizabeth Campbell, but nothing else in the 12-0 shutout win.

In the win, the Peebles offense scored in all four of their at-bats, as again, the game was stopped in the fifth per the OHSAA run rule. A four -run bottom of the first, fueled by two-base hits by Swango and Kailtin Toller, got things rolling for the home team. In the bottom of the second, three consecutive Ripley errors led to two more Peebles runs and a 6-0 lead.

Sowards singled and scored on a Sims ground out in the third and the Lady Indians wrapped things up in the fourth, getting back-to-back-to back hits from Swango, Josie Myers, and Kaitlin Toller along with a two-bagger from Sims to go on top 12-0. Sowards set down the Lady Jays in the fifth and the young ladies from Peebles had sewed up their 10th consecutive “W”.

The Lady Indians looked to keep their winning streak alive on Tuesday, April 26 when they were slated to travel to North Adams for an in-county SHAC battle (which was suspended by weather in the fourth inning) and then, weather permitting, were set to face the West Union Lady Dragons on consecutive days, Wednesday and Thursday.

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