Kara Warren’s two-run double in the top of the 12th inning helped lift the Grove City High School softball team to a 9-6 win in 12 innings over Olentangy Liberty in a Division I regional semifinal May 28 at Ohio State.
The Greyhounds improved to 24-6 and will play Big Walnut or Gahanna in a regional final Saturday, May 31, at Ohio State.
With the game tied at 6 entering the 12th, Warren’s double against pitcher Kristen Adkins scored Destini Ewing and courtesy runner Maddi Burley and Bree Kilgus added a sacrifice fly to score courtesy runner Samantha Galiffo for a three-run lead.
“That was probably one of the craziest games I’ve ever been a part of,” Warren said. “She let (the pitch) fly a little bit outside and I crushed it.”
Jordan Kennaw earned the win in relief of starter Emma Cornell, pitching two perfect innings. She had two strikeouts.
Cornell took a no-hitter into the sixth inning as Grove City led 2-0. Kilgus had an RBI single in the second and Cornell had an RBI groundout in the sixth.
Liberty got its first hit in the sixth and tied the game at 2 as Madison Kadlic had an RBI double and Tiffany Hart had an RBI single.
After the teams traded runs in the eighth inning, Grove City scored three times in the 10th, highlighted by Cornell’s RBI double.
Liberty answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by Hart’s two-run double.
Adkins went the distance for Liberty, allowing 12 hits, striking out three and walking six.
Cornell went 10 innings, allowing eight hits, striking out 10 and walking four.
The Patriots finished the season 19-8.
Licking Valley 7, Wintersville Indian Creek 0
Defending state champion Licking Valley scored three times in the first inning and two in the second and easily defeated Wintersville Indian Creek 7-0 in a Division II regional semifinal May 28 at Pickerington Central.
Sierra McConnell slugged a three-run home run in the first inning and Carly Skeese added a two-run single in the second to put the Panthers in control.
Licking Valley pitcher Shelby McCombs walked the first three batters she faced but gave up just one hit as her team improved to 25-4.
The Panthers will play Zanesville Maysville or Circleville Logan Elm in a regional final May 31 at Pickerington Central.
Charleston Southeastern 17, Delaware Christian 0
The Delaware Christian School softball team’s surprising postseason run ended with a 17-0, five-inning loss to South Charleston Southeastern in a Division IV regional semifinal May 28 at Tipp City Tippecanoe.
The Eagles failed to find the rhythm they had during the district tournament when they beat the top two seeds, as Southeastern’s Becca Carpenter limited Delaware Christian to two hits.
The Eagles, who beat Berne Union 6-4 for the school’s first district title on May 24, had relied on strong pitching and defense throughout the season.
Against Southeastern, they fell behind 2-0 in the second inning before the pitching and defense fell apart in an 11-run third inning. Delaware Christian made five errors and allowed three walks.
The Eagles finished 15-11.
— Brad Emerine