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Three softball squads bow out of tourney play

The West Union softball seniors, from left, Haley Knauff, Mikayla Akers,Rayanna McFarland, Kristen Grooms, Hannah Riddle, and Kelsey Young.
The West Union softball seniors, from left, Haley Knauff, Mikayla Akers,Rayanna McFarland, Kristen Grooms, Hannah Riddle, and Kelsey Young.

By Mark Carpenter

The Peebles Lady Indians are the only local softball team left standing in the postseason as all of the other three local squads have bowed out with defeats that ended their postseason hopes.
The Manchester Lady Hounds began Division IV sectional play with an upset win over sixth seeded Sciotoville East by a score of 10-5, but in the second round fell to number three seeded Paint Valley 16-0 in five innings.  The loss meant the end of an outstanding athletic career at Manchester High School for senior Morgan Johnson, an all-SHAC selection in 2016.
The West Union Lady Dragons saw their 2016 tourney play come to an end in Division III with a 9-4 defeat on May 11 to the Eastern Lady Warriors, a fellow SHAC squad.  That loss was the end of tourney play in the careers of seniors Hannah Riddle, Kristen Grooms, Mikayla akers, Kelsey Young, Rayanna McFarland, and Haley Knauff.
Finally, the North Adams Lady Devils dropped a tough 4-1 decision to the Piketon Lady Redstreaks in Division III to see their season come to a close.  Piketon scored a pair of first inning runs and made that stnad up as the Lady Devils cound only muster a Caitlin Young RBI single in the top of the fifth inning.  The Lady Devils will suffer the most graduation losses of any team as they bid farewell to seniors Jade Spriggs, Kylee Applegate, Hayley Taylor, Courtney Whalen, Cati Butler, Anslee Creech, and Taylor Wylie.
Two county teams still had a regualr season makeup game to play as West Union hosted Peebles on Monday, May 16 in the final conference game of the season.

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