The Canal Winchester High School softball team scored two runs in the second inning and held on to defeat Dresden Tri-Valley 2-0 in a Division II regional semifinal Wednesday at Pickerington Central.

The Canal Winchester High School softball team scored two runs in the second inning and held on to defeat Dresden Tri-Valley 2-0 in a Division II regional semifinal Wednesday at Pickerington Central.

Canal Winchester moved to 24-7 and will play the winner of Thursday's game between Logan Elm and Byesville Meadowbrook. Tri-Valley finished 24-5.

"We just didn't come ready to play ball today," Tri-Valley coach Sarah Slaughter said. "We had some errors in the field we usually don't have. When you have a week off, sometimes bad things happen."

Andi Smith led the second inning off with a single, then went to second on a fielding error by Tri-Valley right fielder Laney Wilson. Amanda Grace entered as a courtesy runner for Smith, and scored on a double to left by Emily Hall. After Sydney Fox drew a walk, Angela Steube singled to right, scoring Hall from second.

Hall started the game for Canal Winchester and pitched the first four innings. In the third, Tri-Valley had runners on first and second with one out when Kayley Bevard laid down a sacrifice bunt. She was out at first when Julie Sarbaugh, who was at second, took too big of a turn at third base and got caught in a rundown for the final out.

Natalie Dixon relieved Hall in the fifth and didn't have much trouble with the Scotties for the next two innings. In the seventh, Tri-Valley led off with consecutive singles by Ali Smith and Jesie Sarbaugh. Dixon then induced a fly out by Alison Powell for the first out. During the next at-bat by Alex Lawler, Indians catcher Andi Smith picked off Sarbaugh at first after Sarbaugh. Lawler walked before Dixon struck out Caroline Hindel for the final out.

"We got on them early and thankfully it held up," Canal Winchester coach Randy Hinton said. "And we didn't have any errors today, which was good. Andi's helped us out in a lot of games, getting outs like that when we need them."

"It's a called play. We do that often because we have our second baseman come up behind (the runner) and cover and they don't see her," Andi Smith said. "It's been pretty effective."