Covington edged Triad 4-2 in Saturday’s Division IV softball regional final at Tippecanoe to earn another trip to the state tournament.
Haley Adams went 2-for-3 with two RBIs while starter Casey Yingst struck out eight and knocked in a run for unbeaten Covington (30-0).
Covington will have vengeance on its mind when it plays Strasburg-Franklin on Thursday at Firestone Stadium in Akron at 3 p.m. with a chance to move on to the state final. Covington lost to Strasburg-Franklin 2-0 two years ago in the state semifinal.
Defending Division I doubles champion Mason couldn’t defend its title, but did take third place at the state tournament Saturday.
Jacob Dunbar of Cloverleaf defeated Aaron Sandberg of Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit to win in Division I singles and Stuart Little of Upper Arlington placed third.
In D-I doubles Jeffrey Melvin and Nate Wallace of Upper Arlington defeated Dylan Stern and Deepak Indrakanti of Sycamore while Mason’s Alexander Lebedev and Young-Jin Kang defeated Kevin and Ryan Brown of Toledo St. John’s Jesuit for third place.
In D-II action, Asher Hirsch of Cincinnati Country Day defeated teammate Patrick Wildman for the singles championship while Jacob Wareta and Abram Schottenstein of Gahanna Columbus Academy beat Ben Wittkugel and Colin Kenney of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy for the doubles title.
The Minster boys ran well at the Division III regional meet in Piqua. The boys won the 4x800-meter relay and the 4x400 relay, and qualified for the state meet with a second-place finish in the 4x200 relay and fourth in the 4x100 relay.
Other boys highlights included Troy Cron of Covington winning the 110 and the 300-meter hurdles and Clayton Murphy of Tri-Village winning the 1600 and 800-meter runs.
For the girls, Versailles took first in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays while Miami Valley’s Taylor Middleton won the 100- and 200-meter dash and long jump, as well as the long jump.
Other area winners included Meghan Vogel of West Liberty-Salem in the 1600-meter run, Lauren Heaton of Russia in the 400-meter dash, Jackie Siefring of Covington in the 300-meter hurdles and her teammate Carly Shell in the 3200-meter run.