Warren, Fort Frye softball get No. 1 seed
The Warren High softball team has a 16-3 overall record so far this season and is 7-1 in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League, earning them the league title.
That dominance earned the Lady Warriors the top seed in their Division II Southeast District sectional bracket. The Rachelle Pallini-coached squad earned a buy in the first round of the sectional tourney.
Warren has gotten significant contributions from a number of different players, including Kaylee Higgins, Brandi Douglass, Ari Schetter and Kendra Lynch.
Eighth-seeded Marietta (3-21), led by head coach Stacy Fleming, will play ninth-seeded Vinton County (1-18) in a sectional semifinal game on May 15. The winner of that game will play Warren three days later on May 18 for a sectional championship.
While Marietta and Warren softball could play as early as the sectional final, the baseball teams would not meet until the regional tournament, should both sides make it.
The Tigers (11-13) earned a six seed on their side of the bracket and will play third-seeded Waverly (15-6) on May 16.
Marietta, guided by co-head coaches Larry Burke and Jim Thrash, split the season series against rival Warren (10-9), who will play No. 4 Athens (15-7) on May 16.
Mark Farr-coached Warren dropped a 5-4 extra inning affair to the Bulldogs on May 4.
Also in the Southeast District, Waterford baseball and softball each earned six seeds in Division IV sectional action.
The Chad Augenstein-led baseball team (6-16) will play No. 3 Symmes Valley (15-3) on May 15. The Lady Wildcats (8-11), with the guidance of head coach Doug Baldwin, will take on winless Miller in a sectional semifinal on the same day. A win would put Waterford softball in the sectional championship against third-seeded Federal Hocking (13-11).
Belpre softball (3-16) will also play on May 15 after receiving a nine seed. The Lady Golden Eagles will square off against eighth-seeded Trimble (5-12).
Belpre’s baseball team (2-18), competing in Division III, will play the same day against River Valley (5-12) in an eight-nine matchup.
Also in D3, Sonny Bidwell’s Fort Frye baseball team (14-8) earned a top seed in the East District and will face the winner of Bellaire and West Muskingum (4-16) on May 14.
Undefeated Fort Frye softball also earned a No. 1 seed in its bracket. The Lady Cadets (20-0), led by head coach Barb Sleek, will play the winner of Ridgewood and Tuscarawas Valley on May 15.
Leading the charge for the Fort has been Tori Mimken, one of the top pitchers in the state.
Seedings for Frontier baseball and softball were unavailable at press time.