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Morning Journal/Ron Firth Southern’s Jocy Richards slides into third base as East Canton shortstop Hannah Spencer takes the throw Wednesday. Southern’s Cheyenne Buzzard and Destiny Huffman (back) score during the game.

EAST CANTON – The Southern Local softball team was excited to go to the district tournament for the first time last year, so the Indians were determined to go back.

The 11th-seeded Indians outlasted 10th-seeded East Canton 6-5 in 12 innings to capture their second straight Division IV sectional title on Wednesday.

It was Southern’s second win over the Hornets in less than a week. Southern also won 12-7 in seven innings on Saturday.

Southern improves to 10-7 and will play sixth-seeded Southington in the Dalton district semifinals Monday at 5 p.m. Southington defeated Southern 10-0 in the district semifinals last year.

Southern pitcher Alexis Ensinger threw 176 pitches in the complete game. She struck out 13 and walked none while allowing 12 hits and five earned runs.

Makenna Jones totaled three hits, two RBIs and two runs for the Indians.

The Indians scored three times in the top of the 12th to take a 6–3 lead. Gianna Pecorelli singled to left to start the inning, then Kennedy Lewis was hit by a pitch. Jones followed with a two-run single. Cheyenne Buzzard then grounded into a fielder’s choice and Jones scored on a throwing error.

East Canton rallied in the bottom of the 12th when Sarah Helms singled and scored on Audrey Miller’s triple. Audrey Miller came home on a fielder’s choice by Jenna Miller to close the deficit to 6-5. Ensinger recorded her 13th strikeout to end the game.

The Indians jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three unearned runs in the second inning. A pair of two-out errors in East Canton, along with three walks and one hit by pitch, accounted for the three runs.

East Canton tied the score in the bottom of the third with four hits, including three bloop singles over the right side of the infield. Hannah Spencer’s two-run single tied the score at 3-3.

Meira Rice took the loss, as she had thrown 153 pitches, while striking out eight, walking five and hitting five batters. Three of the six points she conceded were earned.

Southern will host Beaver Local today in a regular season game.

S: 0-3-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-3–6-7-6

E: 0-0-3-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2–5-12-9

Badger 4,

Eastern Palestine 1

UNITY – No. 15 seed Badger eliminated No. 14 East Palestine 4-1 in a Div. IV section final on Wednesday at Ace of Diamonds.

Badger (10-8) advances to meet No. 1 seed Mathews in the district semifinals Monday at 4 p.m. in Jackson-Milton.

Poland 17, United 2

HANOVERTON – Lillian McDonald had a home run, double and four RBIs as No. 9 seed Poland pulled away from No. 6 seed United 17-2 in five innings on Wednesday in a Div. III sectional final at United Local High School.

Mary Brant added two singles, a double and three RBIs for Poland.

Olivia Horn got the win for Poland when she struckout five and walked two.

Mati Zines took the loss for the Eagles as she gave up 12 earned runs while walking two and striking out one.

Zines had a double at the plate and Samantha Lippiatt had a triple. Madelyn Lucas had a hit and two RBIs.

Poland advances to the district tournament where it will meet today’s Canton South winner in the South Range match on Tuesday at 4:30 pm at South Range High School. South Range is the No. 2 seed, while Canton South is the No. 12 seed.

United fell to 18-5.

P: 3-7-0-2-5–17-20-2

U: 0-0-0-0-2– 2- 4-5

New Philadelphia 20, East Liverpool 0

NEW PHILADELPHIA – East Liverpool was limited to two hits in a 20-0, five-inning loss to New Philadelphia in a Div. II sectional opener on Wednesday.

Jillian Howard took out twelve Potters to earn the victory in the circle.

Madison Wright had two hits, including a four-RBI home run for the winners.

Cate Davis and Kylee Quimby had hits for the Potters.

Tatum Fink was the losing pitcher, as she struckout five and walked two while giving up 12 earned runs.

New Philadelphia (14-9) is ranked No. 2 by John Glenn on Friday.

EL: 0-0-0-0-0– 0- 2-5

NP: 8-5-3-4-x–20-15-0

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