by Gregg Meadows
The softballs were flying out of Kenny Wolford Park Monday night.
And that was a good thing for Coach Tom Crowley’s Tri-Valley softball team, as the Lady Dawgs exploded with 11 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to rally past visiting Philo for a 13-8 win over the Lady Electrics. The win upped TV’s record to a fast-improving 9-10 overall, with three games remaining this week in a busy conference schedule.
Down 5-2 heading into the home half of the fourth inning against a solid Philo club, the Lady Dawgs scratched a pair of runs across the plate and trailed 5-4 with two on base and freshman catcher Kierra Joseph headed to bat. Joseph fouled off four pitches down the left-field line before she found one to her liking and launched it over the left-field fence for a three-run, go-ahead home run, which opened the flood gates for the home team, as the Lady Dawgs would score six more times – with two more home runs – to record the big win.
Tri-Valley senior Brynn Miller would add a two-run round-tripper in the fifth inning, and sophomore Belle Baughman followed suit in the same inning with a three-run shot as the Lady Dawgs continued the offensive onslaught.
To their credit, Philo didn’t go down without a fight, as the Lady Electrics scored three runs in their final bat for the final 13-8 outcome. Caitlin Rose’s mammoth top-of-the-seventh inning shot over the center-field fence was the big blow for the visitors.
Kierra Joseph’s big night at the plate led the TV offense, as she went 3-4 with three rbi’s and the go-ahead home run. But Joseph had plenty of help, as four other Lady Dawgs enjoyed multiple hit nights, with Brynn Miller going 2-4 with two rbi’s and a homer, Belle Baughman 2-4 with a home run and three rbi’s, Raegan Smith (TV’s leading home run hitter with nine) a 2-4 night with a pair of doubles and two rbi’s, and Mackenzie Hartrum with a pair of base hits as well for the winners. Keyona Murphy also doubled for TV.
Belle Baughman and Brynn Miller combined their pitching talents in the circle for the winners, who board the bus Tuesday night, April 27 for a trip to South Zanesville to face the Maysville Lady Panthers, then hit the road again for a Wednesday night, April 28 date at John Glenn, before returning to their Don Barcus Field home diamond on Thursday night, April 29 to host the New Lexington Panthers.
Home run hitters
The trio of Tri-Valley softball players pictured above – (l-r) Kierra Joseph, Belle Baughman, and Brynn Miller – had big nights for the Lady Dawgs Monday evening, April 26 at Kenny Wolford Park in TV’s big comeback 13-8 win over visiting Philo. Joseph’s three-run home run in the fourth inning put the home team ahead to stay, then Baughman and Miller would follow with fifth-inning round-trippers to pad the lead in giving the Lady Dawgs their ninth victory of the 2021 season. Tri-Valley travels to Maysville Tuesday night, April 27.
Gregg Meadows photos
The big swing
Down 5-4 in the fourth inning, this is what Tri-Valley softball fans saw from their seats, as Lady Dawg freshman Kierra Joseph connects for a big, go-ahead three-run homer Monday night, April 26 at Wolford Park in TV’s big 13-8 comeback win over the visiting Philo Lady Electrics.