Trojans Need Extra-Innings To Pull Past Pesky Panthers

SOUTH CHARLESTON – When Ohio Heritage Conference rivals Fairbanks and Southeastern squared off in a varsity softball game in South Charleston Friday, they brought to the game a combined record of 29-2 overall and an Ohio Heritage Conference mark of 21-1.

Given the two teams’ excellence on the diamond this season, it seemed only appropriate that the game would go to extra innings, and so it did as the host Trojans scratched a run across the plate in the bottom of the eighth to record a nail-biting, 2-1 win over the Lady Panthers.

Pitching was the name of the game Friday as the contest featured a total of only 11 hits, six by Southeastern and five by Fairbanks.

Macy Kise pitched another beaut for the Panthers Friday and was the hard-luck loser as she went all the way in the circle, giving up no earned runs in her 7 1/3 innings of work, striking out eight Trojans along the way.

Jenna Dee had the Panthers only RBI of the night as she singled to knock in Hailey Dee, who also had a hit for the visitors. Tiffini Harper, Kyah Hendren, and Maddie Sines each had a hit for Fairbanks in the loss.

The Panthers are now 13-2 on the season and fall to 10-2 in the Ohio Heritage Conference North Division standings, one game behind first-place Mechanicsburg, which sports a 12-1 North Division mark following a win over West Jefferson this weekend. Southeastern remains perfect in OHC play with a 13-0 league record, five games up on second-place Madison Plains in the OHC South, while improving to a flashy 17-1 record for the year.

Fairbanks will be back in action on the diamond again today when it hosts Greenon in Milford Center in another OHC-crossover game at 5 p.m.

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