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Jun
12

Canes 16U, Wood Bat Classic Heats Up

The weather was throwing heat on Saturday. That didn’t slow the Canes 16U team at the Best of Ohio Buckeye Wood Bat Classic. The four-day 15U, 16U and 18U tournaments wrap up Sunday at select sites in the Miami Valley.

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Jun
11

Colts Elite Brings Hilliard Rivals Together

Hilliard’s three high schools are rivals, but when it comes to baseball they’re often teammates with the Colts Elite. The Elite are one of the many 18U, 16U and 15U teams taking their swings at the Best of Ohio Wood Bat Classic this weekend at various sites around the Miami Valley. Greg Billing writes.

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Jun
10

Batter Up! Wood Bat Tourney Swings Into Action

In a rematch of the 2020 18U championship game, the Miami Valley Prospects gave defending champ Springfield Armoloy a scare in the bottom of the seventh in the Best of Ohio Wood Bat Classic. Armoloy pitcher Nick Whalen -pictured (Springfield Shawnee) was dialed in Thursday. Read the “Best of Ohio Wood Bat Classic” by Greg Billing inside today’s PressPros.

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Jun
6

“Really Good”: Bradford Wins In Softball For First Title Ever

Skipp Miller (below) overcame an admitted case of early nerves to pitch a one-hit shutout…and the Bradford Railroaders garnered universal praise as they won the Division IV title in softball – the first team title in the history of the school. Greg Billing writes the story for Press Pros.

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Jun
5

For Bradford, It’s Full Steam Ahead Into State Final

The Bradford Railroaders steamrolled into the Division IV state title game with an 11-0, five-inning victory against New Riegel on Friday afternoon. Skipp Miller threw a 12th no-hitter and the Railroaders’ offense backed her up with a five-run first inning. The ‘Roaders return Sunday for a shot at the school’s first-ever team state title.

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May
31

Battery Mates Put Charge Into Railroaders’ Regional Win

The Bradford Railroaders kept their season rolling Sunday afternoon as sisters Skipp Miller and Austy Miller put on a show in the D-IV regional finals. Skipp had the winning hit, Austy scored the winning run to send Bradford to the D-IV state semifinals. Greg Billing writes for Press Pros.

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May
29

Miracle in Mason: Lakewood Stuns Greenville In D-II Regional Final

The Greenville Green Wave were one hit away from a trip to the D-II state semifinals. Instead, the Lakewood Lancers staged an improbable comeback with plenty of offense of their own. When the dust cleared Lakewood scored a stunning 21-20 regional final victory on Saturday afternoon. Read Greg Billing inside today’s Press Pros

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May
27

Double The Fun: Clutch Hit Lifts Greenville Past Shawnee

Greenville rode the Green Wave’s defense and clutch hitting into the D-II regional title game. That’s before the Green Wave battled back from a couple controversial calls against Springfield Shawnee Braves in a thriller at Mason High School. Read Greenville Softball By Greg Billing inside today’s Press Pros.

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May
26

Bringing The Heat: Bradford, Mechanicsburg Reach Regional Title Game

In a D-IV regional final matchup many anticipated from the start of the season, Bradford and Mechanicsburg made it a reality with semifinal wins on Wednesday. Russia, which hoped to play spoiler against the ‘Burg, suffered some early inning jitters and fell in the program’s first regional appearance.

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May
24

Welcome Back: Fort Loramie Returns To District Final

Coach Jeff Sanders’ team shut out Bradford in a sectional final on Monday to advance in a postseason tournament where anything can happen. The scoreboard told the story … Loramie’s Caeleb Meyer quieted Bradford’s bats on Monday. Read Greg Billing baseball inside today’s Press Pros.

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May
21

Minster Rally Comes Up Short In District Final

Minster nearly pulled off another come-from-behind win in the Division IV district final on Friday. Minster senior Alexis Bishop (pictured) chases down a drive to center. Read Girls softball by Greg Billing inside today’s Press Pros.

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May
20

Tigers Battle But Suffer Tough Loss In District Final

The Tigers’ first district championship game appearance since 2009 didn’t end like the Tigers hoped. But Versailles put down the groundwork for another potential run following a 5-2 loss to Georgetown in extra innings on Thursday.

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May
18

Give Me The Ball: Brookville Ace Blanks Versailles

Arms up…Brookville pitcher Steve Jones raised his arm in triumph as the umpire in the background raised his signaling the final out in Brookville’s 3-0 win over Versailles in Division III sectional action on Tuesday. Read about the game in today’s Press Pros.

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May
15

Title Town: Minster Has MAC-Nificent Weekend

The Minster Wildcats waited until 2014 to win their first MAC softball title. The program now has four after winning a third straight championship following a 10-0, run-rule victory against Fort Recovery on Saturday. Greg Billing writes.

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May
10

Troy Falls To Centerville’s Wild Seventh Inning Rally….

Three outs separated Troy from a first-round sectional tournament victory against Centerville. But the Elks didn’t oblige, sending 14 batters to the plate and scoring 10 runs in the seventh (including Ardyn Hopf’s grand slam, above) for a 14-6 victory on Monday.

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May
10

Youth Movement Has Coldwater Going Places

Coach Kyle Ahrns’ softball team needs one win to tie the school record. And if they get it the Cavaliers look to continue one of the most successful regular seasons in program history with a strong run in the Division III tournament. Greg Billing writes.

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May
7

Green Wave Claim Win No. 25 … And Counting

The Greenville Green Wave celebrated a Miami Valley League championship Friday evening. Sidney native Warren Davidson, (Pictured) U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District, threw out the first pitch to Greenville catcher Susie Blocher prior to Greenville’s 8-3 victory against Sidney. Read girls softball by Greg Billing inside today’s Press Pros.

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May
1

Late-Inning Drama Carries Bradford To Horstman Title

In a regular-season tournament that felt more like the postseason with three state-ranked teams, Bradford scored a dramatic win to capture the Katie Horstman Classic on Friday night. The 1-0, 11-inning victory against Russia capped a quality … and cold … night of softball. Greg Billing writes for Saturday’s Press Pros.

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Apr
28

Railroaders Keep Chugging Behind Miller’s No-Hitters

Bradford fireballer Skipp Miller threw her eighth no-hitter this season … and just missed her sixth perfect game … as the Railroaders continued their impressive run this season with an 18-0, five-inning victory at Tri-Village this week. Greg Billing writes their story in today’s Press Pros.

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Apr
26

Billing: Errors Burn #1 Red Devils In Loss To Troy

For 14 games Tippecanoe has managed to overcome errors. They weren’t so fortunate in game No. 15. Troy, and pitcher Trayce Mercer (below) handed Tipp its first loss of the season with an 11-9 victory that came down to the final pitch. Greg Billing writes in today’s Press Pros.

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