Lady Railroaders Cross Country Qualify for State!

Lady Railroaders Earn a Trip to STATE!       D-III regional cross country meet Saturday in Troy, the seniorreceived the news that Bradford had qualified to the state meet as a team for the first time ever. And the smile that came across her face didn’t even begin to tell the story — or what she overcame just to be running at state as a senior. “They found out I had an extra bone (vertebrae) in my back,” Knepp said. “I was just hoping to be able to build up to this race this season. Imissed the first two races because of it.” Knepp seemed on pace to rewrite the Bradford record books after her sophomore year — and in reality she had. She finished 10th at the DIII state cross country meet as a sophomore, finishing in 18:44.2 to earn All-Ohio honors. Knepp went on to qualify forthe DIII state track and field meet later that spring in the 3,200. And her junior year in cross country seemed to be on track, before the discovery. After qualifying for regionals last year, she was unable to run. “When I wasn’t able to run at regionals last year, that was really difficult,” Knepp said. “When I told the coach (Rob Grillot) I wouldn’t be able torun, I just felt like I was letting the entire school down. But, that was just the beginning ” Knepp missed part of the track season, before coming back late. Still, she was able to make it to the regionals before her season ended. “That was when the hip flexor and then the problem with my ankles occurred, ” Knepp said. “All of it was from that. I am going to therapy once a week.” She was just hoping to get the opportunity to return to the state meet. “We were working toward this,” she said. “I wasn’t sure if my chiropractor was going to let me run today. I am just so thankful that he did.” She ran her best race of the season. While it is still short of her times from two years ago, she finished 10th in 20:07.0. “It was my best race this year,” Knepp said. More importantly to her, Bradford will be seven strong this year at the state meet — for the first time ever. “I don’t want to seem unappreciative of what I accomplished before,” Knepp said. “But, it means so much more to me to have the whole teamrunning at state.” And Grillot was not surprised by what the team accomplished. “It is been the goal for two years,” he said. “For sure, we knew we could do this. I am just so proud of these girls. As the race was going on, Ithought we were in good shape, it seemed that way.” The Railroaders put three runners in the top 18. Sophomore Skipp Miller led the way, with a sixth-place finish in 20:01.9. “I was disappointed last year because I didn’t get to run in district,” Miller said. “But, this makes up for it. For sure, we thought we could make itto state as a team from the beginning of the year.” Austy Miller followed Knepp, finishing 17th in 20:21.8. Other Bradford runners were Olivia Daugherty, 44, 21:52.9; […]

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.

2018 Bradford Prom King and Queen Hannah Fout and Andy Branson. Congratulations!

2018 Queen and King Hannah Fout and Andy Branson

Bradford Boys Baseball celebrated their seniors tonight.

Congratulations to these young men for their leadership and great sportsmanship. This season may not have started as you had planned but your team came together and you where a big part of that, you put together a 7 game win streak. Take that momentum into the tournament and into life. Hope you will all […]

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.