by Gregg Meadows
Spring sports are back and into full swing at TVHS – and across the country – this week as the much-anticipated and long-awaited Scottie baseball, softball and track and field seasons got underway after a year’s absence due to the COVID-19 national pandemic.
Veteran TVHS baseball coach Kevin Yoder saw his team get off to a 2-0 start on their 2021 campaign with a pair of exciting wins over solid opponents – an 11-9 season-opening win at Newark, then a thrilling extra-inning 5-4 win on their home Kenny Wolford Park diamond over perennial MVL power – and now conference ‘Big School’ rival – Sheridan.
In the Newark win on Saturday, March 27, TV sophomore pitcher Hansel Holmes picked up his first varsity mound win, striking out five in six innings of work in the Scottie’s 11-9 slugfest victory over the host Newark Wildcats. Tri-Valley got multiple-hit efforts from Aidan Fritter, Jake Kinder, Hansel Holmes and Landon Harney to pace the offense in the win.
Monday night, March 29 in Dresden at Wolford Park, the Diamond Dawgs and Sheridan Generals hooked up in an early-season classic, going extra-innings before TV’s Aidan Fritter and Jalen Goins-Chandler took matters into their own hands – and feet – as Fritter’s double saw the talented senior reach second base in the bottom of the eighth inning, then race home with the winning run (see below) on a Jalen Goins-Chandler hustling infield single for the 5-4 win – much to the delight of the home crowd on hand.
Scottie senior standout Aidan Fritter was a thorn in the General’s side the entire contest, clubbing three doubles and a pair of singles to lead the winners with five hits – and the winning run – while TV’s Jalen Goins-Chandler, Trevor Yoder, and Luke Hill all enjoyed multiple-hit outings. Sophomore Landon Harney (pictured below hurling a strike to home plate) and Fritter teamed up for the win, with Harney twirling seven innings of gutsy work, striking out four, giving up just six hits and two earned runs on the rubber for the winners.
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After a pair of cancellations with River View and Morgan due to rainy, cold – and snowy – weather, (on April Fools Day!) the Diamond Dawgs are back in action this weekend on Friday at MVL Big School rival River View, then Saturday at Wolford Park vs visiting Indian Valley.
First-year Tri-Valley softball coach (and veteran Scottie athletics assistant coach in numerous sports) Tom Crowley has fielded a team of enthusiastic Lady Dawg players who have yet to taste victory in the young 2021 season, but hope that their passion and dedication to the game will soon translate into wins – and it’s a good bet they will.
In their season opener on Saturday, March 27 in a home-field Don Barcus and Kenny Wolford Park double-header, the Lady Dawgs were blanked 5-0, 6-0 by a talented Tuscarawas Central Catholic softball squad, then on Monday night, March 29 back at Wolford Park, TV spotted perennial Muskingum Valley League power Sheridan a 1-0 deficit – but were shut out the rest of the way for an 11-1 setback at the hands of the talented Lady Generals. Lady Dawg senior standout softball hurler Brynn Miller is pictured below, hurling a strike to home plate in Monday’s action vs. Sheridan.
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The Lady Dawg softballers are looking for their first win and are back in action on Friday, April 2 at Muskingum Valley League Big School division rival River View, then board the bus again on Saturday, March 3 for a trip to Dover to face the Lady Tornadoes in a doubleheader.
Good Luck Lady Dawgs!
Tri-Valley High School track and field returns to the outdoor ovals and field events as well with a renewed vigor after a year’s absence – but still with the same desire and dedication.
TV boys track and field skipper Brad Sims and Lady Dawg trackster’s boss Sarah Meadows have their respective charges ‘on track’ to return their programs back to its past successes after their unscheduled ‘COVID-19’ year off.
And with solid runner-up combined team performances at last Saturday’s March 27 Jerry Neal Invitational at the Maysville Athletic Complex, (the season opener for TV track) the Scotties look confidently to future successes for the 2021 season.
At the Jerry Neal Invitational, both the boys and girls track and field squads finished runners-up in the eight-team invite, with the boys scoring 133 points to meet champion’s Union Local team total of 165, and the Lady Dawgs earning a runners-up spot as well with their team score of 122, behind meet champion John Glenn’s winning team score of 160.
Top scorers for the boys’ team were seniors Jakob Frueh and Jordan Pantaleo. Frueh (pictured below) won a meet title with his first place in the 110m hurdles and second place in the 300m hurdle race, while Pantaleo (pictured below) claimed a meet title as well in the long jump and was a member of Scottie winning relay teams. TV senior standout Claire Martin (pictured below) led the Lady Dawgs to their runners-up team finish with a pair of second-place finishes in the 100m dash and long jump and was a member of TV winning relay teams as well.
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TV senior Olivia Combs takes a hand-off from freshman Kate Martin at the Jerry Neal Invitational
Tri-Valley boys and girls track and field squads are back in action on Tuesday, April 6 at Philo at the MVL/Philo Relays, then travel to St. Clairsville on Friday, April 9 for the Dave Porterfield Memorial Invitational. Good luck TV tracksters!