Giving some love to those dog days Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend

SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS

The Peebles Lady Indians, left, made it back-to-back Division IV sectional championships with their 3-2 win over Portsmouth Notre Dame on May 11.

Peebles makes it back-to-back with win over Notre Dame – 

Story and photo by Mark Carpenter – 

Make that two in a row in the Division IV sectional championship column for Coach Doug McFarland and his Peebles Lady Indians softball squad. Though it was not without its “edge of the seat” moments, the Lady Indians pulled off the 2017 sectional crown with a nail-biting 3-2 win on May 11 over the Lady Titans of Portsmouth Notre Dame.
Playing on their home field in the sectional championship game, the Lady Indians took a three-run advantage into the sixth inning, but had to hang on for dear life to record the one-run victory.
As they have done so many times this spring, the Peebles girls came out swinging early, getting two runs in the bottom of the first off of Notre Dame starter Maggie Whitman. Hailey Moore led off the frame with a walk, and moved all the way around to third when Aubrey McFarland reached on an error on the Lady Titans’ first baseman. Madison Pierce walked to fill the bases and a base hit by Jerilin Toller brought home Moore with the game’s first run and when the ball was booted by the center fielder, McFarland came across to make it 2-0.
The contest then became a pitcher’s duel with zeroes on the board for the next three full frames. Pierce and Toller both reached base again with one out in the bottom of the third, but were left stranded when Kylie Sims struck out and Christian Reed popped to short.
The Lady Titans put together their first serious threat in the top of the fifth when their first two runners reached but a line drive right back at the pitcher Pierce turned into a double play and an ensuing strikeout ended the inning with Notre Dame still scoreless.
Peebles added one to the lead in the bottom half of the fifth. With one out, McFarland was hit by a pitch and was replaced on the bases by pinch runner Kierra Stone. Stone wasn’t on the bases long as she raced around to score when Pierce smacked a two-bagger to left center that gave the home side a 3-0 lead.
That run turned out to be huge as the Lady Titans finally broke through against Pierce in the top of the sixth. Whitman led off with a single and one out later, Notre Dame’s Cassie Schaefer turned on a Pierce pitch and drove a low line drive that just cleared the left field fence for a two-run homer that quickly made it a one-run game. Not quite done yet, the Lady Titans followed up the homer with two more hits to put the go-ahead run in scoring position, but Pierce coaxed the next hitter into a pop-up to shortstop McFarland to end the inning.
With one more chance to keep their season alive, the Lady Titans threatened with two outs in the top of the seventh. An error and a single put two on base, but Pierce got Molly Hoover on a fly ball to center fielder Toller, who made the catch to seal the sectional title for the Lady Indians.
Notre Dame actually outhit the Lady Indians 8-5 in the game, but left eight runners on base in dropping the one-run decision. Peebles managed just five hits but that was enough to secure the second consecutive sectional crown.
Pierce went seven innings again for the win, giving up the eight hits, walking one and striking out four.
“Madison did a great job throwing the ball today,” said Coach McFarland. “I told her that she was in control of the game and she just had to trust herself and hit her spots. She came to play today and she wanted this one so that’s why I gave her the game ball.”
“We misplayed a couple of balls today which bothers me but we’ll get back to work and get better.”
The win sends the Lady Indians (17-3) on to the Division IV District semi-finals at Minford High School, where they will battle the Trimble Lady Tomcats on Thursday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m. A win there catapults Peebles into the district championship and a likely showdown with the one-beaten Fairfield Lady Lions with a trip to the regional tournament on the line.

Notre Dame
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Peebles
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Notre Dame Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI): M. Whitman 4-1-3-0, Hoover 4-0-0-0, C. Schaefer 3-1-1-2, Hodsen 3-0-1-0, H. Schaefer 3-0-1-0, S. Whitman 3-0-1-0, Glockner 3-0-1-0, Ball 2-0-0-0, Webb 3-0-0-0, Team 28-2-8-2.
Extra-Base Hits: Hodsen 2B, C. Schaefer HR

Peebles Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI): Moore 2-1-0-0, McFarland 2-1-0-0, Pierce 2-0-2-1, Toller 3-0-2-1, Sims 3-0-1-0, Reed 3-0-0-0, Myers 2-0-0-0, Brown 2-0-0-0, Nichols 3-0-0-0, Stone 0-1-0-0, Team 22-3-5-2.
Extra-Base Hits: Pierce 2B (2), Toller 2B

Notre Dame Pitching: Whitman (L) 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
Peebles Pitching: Pierce (W) 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

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