Kenton Ridge High School’s softball team has played a game every day except Sundays for the past two weeks, but there’s no rest ahead for the workaholic Cougars.
With a Division II sectional tournament looming, they’ve yet to decide who walks away with a Central Buckeye Conference title.
“It definitely makes things interesting going into tournament with this last week deciding the CBC,” said Cougars coach Sarah Ivory, 72-26 in her fourth season. “They’re definitely going to be good games.”
Kenton Ridge (20-2 overall, 12-1 CBC) hosts Tippecanoe (19-4, 13-0) today in a key Kenton Division showdown, looking to knot things up with the Red Devils.
Should the Cougars win, they head to Tipp City on Wednesday … and to the winner go the spoils.
“It does put a little bit of pressure on us, but it also puts it on them, too,” Ivory said. “It makes things even more exciting heading into tournament.”
The Red Devils, second-seeded in the D-II, Tecumseh sectional, may meet the third-seeded Cougars in postseason play, too.
“Tipp’s always a good team and we know it,” Ivory said. “It brings out the best in our kids. It would be interesting, after these two (league) games, to turn around and play them again in tournament.”
Greenville, 20-4 and coached by Jarrod Newland, son of former Springfield South athletics director and softball coach Greg Newland, nabbed the D-II sectional’s top seed.
Shawnee (16-5) is No. 4, followed by Benjamin Logan (14-9) and Northwestern (13-7). Opening-round games begin May 13-14. Higher seeds host during the first two rounds.
“Going in, I thought we’d be anywhere between No. 1 and No. 3,” said Ivory, whose club opens tournament play against No. 10 Indian Lake (9-11).
“With Shawnee getting in there at No. 4, and Northwestern and Ben Logan right there, too, we’ve got one of the better sectional brackets (in the state). To be among the top three is good.”
Southeastern (16-4) earned the top D-IV, Dayton I softball seed and faces No. 8 Middletown Christian (4-4) on May 16. Northeastern, 15-3 and third-seeded in D-III, hosts Dunbar (0-11) on May 13.
Springfield (13-8) was voted a No. 10 seed in D-I, Dayton 3.
In baseball, Bellefontaine (13-7) and Shawnee (14-7) grabbed the second and third seeds behind Tippecanoe (20-4) in the Division II, Kenton Ridge sectional. Both received first-round byes. Greenville (16-8), Indian Lake (11-8) and Kenton Ridge (11-11) rounded out the top six.
Tecumseh (15-7) is a fifth seed in the Division I, Dayton I bracket. The Arrows feature Ohio Dominican-bound shortstop Tony Evans and open with No. 16 Xenia (7-15).
Shawnee (10-3 CBC) travels to Tecumseh (9-4) for a key CBC Kenton Division matchup today. Tippecanoe leads at 11-2.