CLAYTON — Northmont Fast-pitch Softball ended regular season play Saturday on Senior Day with a 5-3 victory over a strong Cincinnati Milford team of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference.
With the victory Northmont concluded regular season play with a 23-3 overall record to extend its win streak to eight games while Milford dropped to 19-3. There is a good chance these two teams will face each other in tournament play at some point.
Sophomore Marissa Bardonaro handled the starting pitching duties for Northmont and worked 3 innings, scattering five hits including a home run, issued two walks and got tagged for three runs. Another sophomore, Sydney Weaver, worked the final 4 innings giving up three hits, one walk and struck out two.
Milford got one run in the first inning and added two in the third before Weaver shut them down the remainder of the game. Northmont got two runs in the first, two more in the third and added an insurance run in the fifth.
Fittingly senior members of the team led the offensive attack. Courtney Jasinski went 2 for 4 with one run and one run batted in (RBI). Emily Ritchie went 2 for 4 with one run. Whitney Fielder also went 2 for 4 with one run. Taylor Hoover went 2 for 3 with one RBI. Cory Mangen went 1 for 3 with one run. Emily Ritchie went 1 for 4 with a double and scored one run. Sophomore Sydney Weaver went 1 for 2 with one RBI.
Coach Kris Mangen feels very optimistic as her team enters tournament play. Northmont is scheduled to open tournament play against West Carrollton (5-18) on Monday, May 9 at home at 5 p.m.
“I am very optimistic. Our girls are hitting very well right now,” Mangen said. “Defensively we are pretty solid. Don’t get me wrong; we will make mistakes, but offensively if we can string a couple of hits together in one or two innings we will find a lot of success. The girls are working hard and they know this is it for them. School is winding down and softball is something that they love. They have been friends for a lifetime and have been playing ball together for 13 years, so this is it.”
If Northmont advances to the second round of sectional play the Lady Bolts would host Stebbins on Wednesday and would face the winner of the Troy vs Piqua game on Monday, May 16 at Beavercreek Coy Middle School. Northmont defeated West Carrollton 18-0 in regular season play, Troy 4-1 and Piqua 13-1.
After the game senior members of the team were recognized and posed for photos with their families. Recognized was Team Manger Malcolm Dennis, Student Athletic Trainer Andrew Schweitzer and players Whitney Fiedler, Taylor Hoover, Emily and Lizzie Ritchie, Mallory Woods, Cory Mangen and Courtney Jasinski.
MIL 102 000 0 – 3 08 1
NMT 202 010 x – 5 11 1
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