Postseason action began on Monday afternoon for the Manchester Lady Greyhounds softball squad as they played host to the New Boston Lady Tigers from the Southern Ohio Conference. It was a successful day for the home team as they moved to the sectional finals with a convincing 18-3 win over their guests.
The win improved Manchester’s season mark to 6-13 and moved them to the sectional finals tomorrow afternoon (weather permitting), where they face a tall task with a trip to Leesburg to face the Fairfield Lady Lions, who are one game away from clinching a Southern Hills Athletic Conference in the regular season. Tomorrow’s game is not a regular season affair, however, with the winner moving on to the Division IV District Tournament in Minford.
In their sectional semi-final win on Monday, the Lady Hounds jumped all over New Boston early, getting five runs in the first inning, two more in the second, a big seven-spot in the third, and four in the fourth to run-rule the Lady Tigers after five innings of play.
There were a number of offensive heroes on the day for the Lady Hounds, which is usually the case when your team puts up 18 runs in four at-bats. Morgan Johnson scored three of those runs, had a couple of walks and a pair of stolen bases. Kari Foster was 3 for 4 with four runs batted in and a trio of stolen bases.
Brett Himes had a perfect day at the plate, three hits in three official trips, a double, two runs driven in and three stolen bases as the lady Hounds ran wild on the base paths. Brook Henley was 2 for 3 with a couple of RBI’s.
Henley was also the winning pitcher, going five innings, walking four and striking out eight New Boston hitters.
Mark Carpenter can be reached at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.