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LV, Dillow get past Lady Dragons

Fairland Lady Dragons' shortstop Jaimie Phillips puts the tag on Lucasville Valley's Courtney Crabtree sliding into second base. Fairland lost 5-2 on Wednesday to Valley in the Division III district semifinals. (The Ironton Tribune / Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos.com)


Tribune Sports Editor


McDERMOTT — The game of softball comes down to pitching. Case in point was Wednesday’s Division III district semifinal game.

Lucasville Valley’s Braiden Dillow and Fairland Lady Dragons’ Chandler Fulks hooked up in a pitching duel with Dillow turning in another dominating performance in a 5-2 win.

Dillow — who is headed to Bowling Green — ran her record to 23-0 as she pitched a three-hitter, struck out 15 and walked just one.

Fulks (16-6) gave up six hits, struck out five and walked three. Three of the hits were bloop singles and another was of the infield variety.

“They didn’t hit Chandler that hard, but we couldn’t hit Dillow. You can’t score if you don’t at least make contact and put the ball in play,” said Fairland coach Joe Auxier.

Fairland (18-8) actually took a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

With two outs, Caitlin Stone drew a walked and scored on a double by Chelsey Stanley when the throw home was bobbled. Jaimie Phillips followed with a double to score Stanley.

Lucasville Valley got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Dillow got a bloop single, Ashley Webb reached on an error, Brooklyn Moore walked and Elysia Montgomery singled.

The Lady Indians came back to score four runs in the third inning to decide the outcome.

Mari Malizio beat out an infield hit into the hole at shortstop, Emily Richard walked and Brooke Cooper drove in a run with a bloop single.

Kayla Koch then hit a weak pop fly single into centerfield to drive in two runs and Dillow grounded out as the final run scored.

“We felt we could play with them, but they had the one big inning and then we couldn’t hit Dillow,” said Auxier.

Phillips had Fairland’s other hit when she had her second double in the sixth inning.

Top-ranked Lucasville Valley (24-0) will play Zane Trace on Saturday in the district finals. Zane Trace beat Minford 8-2.

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Chandler Fulks and Chloe Stanley. Braiden Dillow and Ashley Webb. W-Dillow 23-0 (K-15, BB-1). L-Fulks 16-6 (K-5, BB-3). 2B-Fairland: Chelsey Stanley, Jaimie Phillips 2. Hitting-Fairland: Chelsey Stanley 1-3, Jaimie Phillips 2-3 rbi; LV: Elysia Montgomery 1-3 rbi, Mari Malizio 1-3, Brooke Cooper 1-3, Kayla Koch 2-3 rbi-2, Braiden Dillow 1-3 rbi.