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Sophomore Jordyn Vargeson leads Meadowbrook charge in 11-1 win in D-III semifinals

BYESVILLE − Taking care of business…that was the goal for No. 2 seed Meadowbrook High during Monday’s Division III semifinal against No. 15 seed St. Clairsville.

The Colts accomplished that goal by shaking off a slow start and rolling to an 11-1, six-inning victory over the Red Devils to advance to Thursday’s D-III championship game.

“We needed that first win to get where we want to go,” Meadowbrook head coach Sean Frizzell said. “It’s tournament time and it’s all about winning and moving on. They’re a young team and we were able to take advantage of some of the throwing mistakes they made.”

The destination Frizzell was referring to is a return trip to the OHSSA regional tournament after last year’s impressive postseason run that ended with a regional berth.

“We made that nice run last year,” Frizzell added. “And we’re hoping we can put another one together this year. We’ve taken the first step, now it’s up to Coshocton or Union Local who ever comes out of that match. We had a tournament match tonight, tomorrow we have Senior Night. Then Thursday a sectional title game, it’s hectic, but we’ll be ready.”

Slow start, fast finish for Colts

Underdog St. Clairsville actually opened the scoring with an unearned run in the first inning off Meadowbrook sophomore starter Addy Sichina for a quick 1-0 lead.

The Red Devils were able to hold on to that 1-0 lead through two innings, as the Colts offense started slowly in the early stages of the game.

“They scored the first point on Addy, but it wasn’t really deserved because of the mistake we made,” Frizzell said. “But she stayed strong and was very consistent. Addy doesn’t get the strikeouts, but she makes sure they put the ball on the ground. And let’s do her defensive work, which is what you want in high school softball.”

Sichina allowed just three hits with six strikeouts and walked one, giving the pitching win for Meadowbrook, which improved to 16-9 on the season.

And when Sichina put outs from the pitching circle, the Colts’ offense came alive against Red Devils’ starter Lilly Price, who would suffer the loss.

Price allowed six runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks in four innings of work.

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After being held scoreless in the first two innings, Meadowbrook scored in every inning the rest of the evening, starting with a four-run third inning to take control for good at 4-1.

In the third frame, the Colts had four hits to get the bats going, with Addy Sichina ripping an RBI double, while sophomores Sommer Ginn and Jordyn Vargeson each collected RBI singles.

Meadowbrook totaled 11 hits in the opening-round tournament win. Vargeson led the way with a solid 3-for-4 effort with three hits and three RBIs. Ginn added a double and single with two RBIs and senior Hailey Fordyce finished with two singles with an RBI.

Addy Sichina singled, doubled with an RBI, while juniors Alexx Combs hit an RBI double and Addy Wiggins singled with a pair of RBIs.

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Next one

Meadowbrook will now host No. 14 seed Coshocton in the Division III sectional championship game on Thursday at 5 p.m. The Redskins advanced with a 10-0 win over Union Local in Monday’s other semifinal.

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