Wednesday, May 23, 2001

District softball highlights

Three Division I teams pull off double

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Lakota West, Fairfield and Hamilton have accomplished something that never happened before: All three schools qualified both their baseball and softball teams to the Division I regional tournaments, which begin today.

        Outstanding pitching by Emily Breitholle carried Fairfield to a 2-0 victory over Clayton Northmont in Tuesday's district championship game at Miami University.

        Hamilton pitcher Katie Halcomb fired a no-hitter, allowing only two base runners, in the Big Blue's 2-0 victory over Springfield South, also Tuesday at Miami University.

        Halcomb improved to 19-6 with the victory. She walked one batter and hit another and drove in the winning run in the two-run third inning.

        “This is the farthest we've gone in the tournament since 1987,” Hamilton coach Steve Heckman said.

        McAuley meets Lakota West in today's Division I regional semifinal at the University of Dayton; Hamilton and Fairfield play Thursday, for the third time this season. The winners advance to Saturday's championship game.

        Kings and Norwood were both eliminated in the Division II district tournament Tuesday at the University of Dayton.

        Chaminade-Julienne scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull out a 1-0 victory over Kings. Benjamin Logan beat Norwood 7-0.

        Ross, which defeated Bellbrook 6-0 Monday, opens Division II regional semifinal play today at Clayton Northmont against Kenton Ridge at 4:30 p.m. The winner advances to Saturday's championship game.

        And Middletown Fenwick will be in action today against Huber Heights Wayne in the Division IV regional semifinals. The Falcons play Covington, with the winner advancing to Saturday's championship.


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