Bradford showed they belonged in the OHSAA DIV girl’s softball state semi-finals.

By Dale Barger For The Call AKRON – Bradford showed they belonged in the OHSAA DIV girl’s softball state semi-finals. It took an extra inning and a small break that eventually decided the outcome, one that went in favor of Hillsdale who pulled out a dramatic 1-0 win over the Lady Railroaders to advance to […]

Lady Railroaders Make a Big Statement at State Final Four.

High School student athletes all begin their post season play with the results being all the same. Many will find the end of their High School careers with the bitter taste of a loss. This became reality for Hannah Fout, Chelsea Gill, Aspen Weldy, and Bailey Wysong as they watched their final game as a […]

The Lady Railroaders quiet the skeptics by taking Parkway down in 6 innings 12 to 1.

THE INTIMIDATOR! By Rob Kiser rkiser@dailycall.com GREENVILLE — Bradford softball coach Shon Schaffer admits he had Saturday’s Division IV regional final all wrong. And he couldn’t be happier about that. Bradford made history with a 12 1 romp over Parkway in six innings at Lady Wave Softball Stadium to advance to the state softball tournament for the first time. Bradford, 23-3 and ranked 10th in the state, will play the Hillsdale Mohawk winner at 10 a.m. Friday in Akron. Parkway, ranked third in the state, closes the season at21-5. “All week long the coach (himself) told the kids this was going to be a 2-1 or 3-1 game,” Schaffer said. “The kids were telling me in the dugout, ‘You were wrong.’ And I was. It was unbelievable the way we hit the ball today.” Every Bradford batter had at least one hit as the Railroaders outhit a Parkway team that run-ruled Newton Wednesday 12-2. The Panthers came in averaging 11 hits agame. “We lost to Newton during the season,” Bradford freshman pitching sensation Skipp Miller said. “And Parkway run-ruled Newton. And now, we run-ruled them that’s just crazy.” And the Railroaders dream season continues. “I never imagined we would be going to Akron,” said Miller. “I thought we would have a good season. This is unbelievable.” And both teams knew getting on the board first would be critical. And while Bradford easily could have scored four runs in the third inning, the two they scored would be enough with Miller on the mound. Emma Canan singled and with one out, circled the bases when Miller hit a long single into the left-center field gap. It was her second straight single to right field. “Honestly, I was just trying to put the ball in play,” she said. Schaffer thought that might be enough. “I was thinking it might be a 1-0 game,” he said. Not for long. After pinch runner Aspen Weldy was caught between third and home on Bailey Wysong’s fielder’s choice, Bianca Keener drilled a double the opposite way to make it 2-0. “I don’t know what that was about,” Keener said. “I never hit the ball to right field.” And that inning was exactly what Parkway coach Mark Esselstein didn’t want to happen. “I thought if we could score first — with Bradford having four freshman starting — that would put a lot of pressure on them,” he said. “But we weren’t able to do that.” Then came the pivotal at bat of the game one inning later. With Chelsea Gill on third and Emma Canan on second with two outs, Esselstein elected to intentionally walk Miller. “It was the right move,” Esselstein said. “But you have to get the next batter.” As Wysong strode to the plate, her brother Brandon heard a fan near him say that it was a smart move to walk Miller. “No, it is not,” he said. “They just made the wrong girl angry.” Moments later, his sister made him a prophet, sending the ball over the left field fence for a grand slam to make it 6-0. “I just knew I had to do something,” Wysong said. “I wasn’t looking for a particular pitch. I was just up there swinging. I was just trying to get something in play.” Miller was watching from the dugout after Weldy ran for her. “Payback, karma,” she said with a smile. “That was huge to have six runs.” Schaffer agreed. “I am so happy for Bailey Wysong,” Schaffer said. “She works so hard. Skipp (Miler) has won games with four runs all year. A six-run lead was huge.” It continued a trend as eight of Bradford’s 12 runs came after two were out. For the game, the Lady Railroaders were 8-for-15 with two outs. “That was the difference in the game,” Esselstein said. “They were unbelievable the way they hit the ball with two outs.” Parkway pitched Haley Hawk hit a solo homer in the home fourth — when the Panthers got their only two hits of the game. But Bradford scored three runs in the fifth and sixth to end the game early. In the fifth, Hawk retired the first two batters. Buzz Brewer singled and Hannah Fout reached on an error. Gill had a RBI single and Canan followed with a two-run single. In the sixth, two errors and an infield single by Elisa Martinez loaded the bases for freshman Maggie Manuel. She drilled a three-run double to complete the Railroader scoring. […]

Lady Railroaders are on to the Regional Finals by defeating Mechanicsburg 2 to 0.

Congratulations Lady Railroaders! It’s time for Regionals.

Eight innings wasn’t enough for the Bradford softball team Sunday in a Division IV district championship game at Mason High School.

The Lady Railroader Captains and Seniors receive District Championship Trophy. By Rob Kiser – Piqua Daily Call MASON — Eight innings wasn’t enough for the Bradford softball team Sunday in a Division IV district championship game at Mason High School. Well it was enough for a 2-1 win over Cincinnati Christian in walk-off fashion — it just […]

THE LADY RAILROADERS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO THE DISTRICT FINALS with an 8 to 2 win over Tri County North.

ON THEIR WAY TO DISTRICT FINALS! CONGRATULATIONS LADY RAILROADERS.

Lady Railroaders celebrate senior night with a 12 to 2 run rule over Miami East.

Your Railroader Family would like to congratulate these four players for their contribution to our fastpitch program. You have made us proud and inspired. Graduation is just around the corner for you. May you be successful in what ever you choose to do. Thanks for all the memories.

Lady Railroaders 1 hit the Versailles Tigers and notch another win 2 to 0.

Elisa Martinez solid at the catcher’s position. Skipp Miller another outstanding outing. Bailey Wysong making contact. Chelsea Gill one of her base hits during Friday nights action.

Tori Smith Is A Pleasant Suprise For Edison…

Former Bradford standout Tori Smith is having a huge impact on the first season of softball in more than 30 years at Edison Community College under coach Dan Cain. Yes, it’s a new program at the collegiate level for Edison, but Cain has been able to build a solid roster around area athletes – including […]

Lady Railroaders shut out Blackhawks in first round of sectional softball 11 to 0.

Bianca Keener applies the tag on a close play at first base. Amanda Brewer has the Blackhawks in a pickle on this play, which ended up being a triple play.