Kayla Mickey and Alyson Quinlan drove in three runs apiece May 11 to lead the Northridge High School softball team into a Division III district semifinal.
The 12th-seeded Vikings reached their second district semifinal in three seasons by totaling 18 hits in a 14-5 win at 10th-seeded Heath in the second round.
Northridge improved to 12-9 by defeating Heath for the third time this season. It defeated the Bulldogs 6-1 on April 3 and 10-2 on April 21 in LCL-Cardinal Division play.
“I’m very excited about what we did (against Heath),” coach Leigh Siedlak said. “We struggled at first, but then we got on track by playing small ball. We were getting single, bunt, single, single instead of relying on doubles and home runs. Everything came together.”
The Vikings advanced to play top-seeded North Union in a district semifinal May 16 Pickerington Central. The teams have not played this season.
The winner moves on to a district final May 19 or 20 at Central against fifth-seeded Utica or 11th-seeded Ready. The Vikings have not faced Ready this season, but lost to Utica 9-4 on April 18 and 6-5 on April 24 in league play.
Mickey tripled and singled against Heath, and Quinlan had two singles and also earned the victory by giving up two earned runs with three strikeouts and one walk in a complete-game effort.
Lexie Hart had four singles and Madie Legg doubled and had three singles. Mackenzie Nininger doubled, singled and drove in two, and Emmy Adams and Savannah Verhovec both had two singles.
Adams and Verhovec combined on a perfect game as the Vikings defeated 22nd-seeded Africentric 23-0 in five innings May 9 in the first round. Adams had 11 strikeouts in four innings and Verhovec pitched the fifth.
falls to Fairbanks
The eighth-seeded baseball team was ousted from the Division III district tournament with a 2-1 loss at sixth-seeded Fairbanks on May 10 in the third round.
The Vikings were 10-12 before playing Johnstown-Monroe in LCL-Cardinal play May 12.
Northridge had a first-round bye before winning at seventh-seeded North Union 1-0 in its postseason opener May 8. Jackson Wilson threw a three-hitter, striking out seven while walking none.
Gavin Paveo had two hits, and Cody Everts, Tyler Holley and Justin Simpson all had one.