DOLA — Van Buren scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning as the Black Knights handed Hardin Northern its first Blanchard Valley Conference loss of the season with a 6-0 win over the Polar Bears on Wednesday.
Nichole Miller went the distance and struck out eight in a four-hit shutout.
Miller also starred at the plate for the Black Knights (6-10 overall, 3-2 BVC) with two doubles, two singles and a pair of RBIs. Samantha Hagans’ two-run single was the catalyst for Van Buren’s big sixth.
Brooklyn Watts doubled to lead the Polar Bears (6-4, 4-1).
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Hardin Northern 000 000 0 — 0 4 2
WP — Miller. LP — Bame. top hitters: (VB) Miller 2-2B, 2-1B, 2 RBI; Sudlow 2-1B; Hagans 1B, 2 RBI; Phillips 2B, 1B, RBI; Sattler 1B, RBI. (HN) Watts 2B; Schwiewe 1B; Fisher 1B; Rowe 1B.
records: Hardin Northern 6-4 overall, 4-1 Blanchard Valley Conference; Van Buren 6-10, 3-2.
Hannah Johnson tripled and drove in a run while Britnee Johnson picked up the win to help Arlington stay undeafeated in Blanchard Valley Conference play by knocking off Liberty-Benton 5-2 in softball action Wednesday.
Arlington (12-3, 6-0 BVC) broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the sixth and added two more in the seventh. Katie Devore led Liberty-Benton (5-8, 3-3 BVC) with two singles and an RBI.
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Liberty-Benton 000 110 0 — 2 9 2
WP — B. Johnson (11-3). LP — Pape. top hitters: (Arl) H. Johnson 3B, RBI; Comstock 1B, RBI. (L-B) Devore 2-1B, RBI; Pape 2-1B.
records: Arlington 12-3 overall, 6-0 Blanchard Valley Conference. Liberty-Benton 5-8, 3-3.
McCOMB — McComb’s Brooke Metzker raced home on a passed ball in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Panthers earned their first Blanchard Valley Conference softball win of the season by edging Pandora-Gilboa 4-3.
Brenna Dee and Haley Buck had two hits and an RBI each for McComb (3-12 overall, 1-5 BVC). Buck actually singled ahead of Metzker in the ninth inning, but was out at the plate on a suicide squeeze play.
Vivian Nofziger, Shana Hovest and Brittany Reigle had two hits each for P-G (2-8, 2-5).
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McComb 000 120 001 — 4 10 2
WP — Gomez (3-13). LP — M. Maag (2-8). top hitters: (P-G) Sigler 1B, RBI; Reigle 1B, 2B; O. Maag 1B, RBI. (McC) Dee 2-1B, RBI; Buck 2-1B, RBI.
records: Pandora-Gilboa 2-8 overall, 2-5 Blanchard Valley Conference; McComb 3-12, 1-5.
RAWSON —Vanlue scored eight times in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back in posting a 14-9 Blanchard Valley Conference softball win over Cry-Rawson.
Sami Hausserman earned the win inside the pitching circle for Vanlue (5-9, 3-3 BVC). The sophomore also led the Wildcats at the plate, lining three singles and a double and driving in three runs. Kate Clymer homered, with Grace Wagner (2-1B), Haley Bonham 1B, 2B) and Chelsi Hartman (2-1B) collecting two hits each.
Mikaela Ricksecker (1B, 2B) and Amie Ricksecker (2-1B) had two hits each for Cory-Rawson (0-9, 0-5 BVC).
Cory-Rawson 012 221 1 — 9 8 3
Vanlue 810 302 x — 14 15 1
WP — Hausserman (5-9). LP — Marshall. top hitters: (Van) Hausserman 3-1B, 2B, 3 RBI; Clymer HR, 2 RBI; Wagner 2-1B, RBI; Bonham 1B, 2B; Hartman 2-1B, 2 RBI.
records: Vanlue 5-9 overall, 3-3 Blanchard Valley Conference; Cory-Rawson 0-9, 0-5.