You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

breaking news

Dayton man accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria

Softball: Key’s walkoff hit lifts Monroe past previously unbeaten Badin

Sam Key expected somebody to get the job done. But she was more than happy to do it herself.

Monroe High School’s senior third baseman experienced some walkoff joy Wednesday against previously unbeaten Badin, lining a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Hornets an 8-7 softball victory.

“When I hit that, the stands just erupted,” Key said. “It just felt so great to get that run in, especially since it’s Badin.”

With the score tied 7-7, Sarah Eschmeyer opened the Monroe seventh by reaching base on an error. Alexis Arnold followed with a double, and freshman Sam Schwab — who had singled, doubled, tripled and plated two runs — was intentionally walked.

Key, 0-for-3 at that point, then ripped the first pitch she saw from Nicole Rawlings into right field to end the game.

“I was pretty confident I had it,” Key said. “It was on me, and if I didn’t do it, Ashley McNabb had my back.”

“Sam struggled until that last at-bat, and you could tell she was dialed in,” Hornets coach Tim Kellis said. “It helped in the last inning that we had senior, senior, freshman, senior. These kids have just been fighters for four years. This is without question the class that’s turned this around for us.”

Mikayla Decker was 2-for-3 with a solo home run, Faith Hensley collected a double, a single and two runs, and Arnold and Jill Taylor added RBIs for Monroe (12-1).

It was a high-profile nonleague matchup for two teams that have been involved in a lot of not-very-close games this season.

“You’ve got to respect that program,” Kellis said. “That’s why we’re so excited. You don’t just beat a team when you beat Badin — you beat a program. You play quality teams like this to get ready for the tournament. Both teams made a couple mistakes. We just happened to get the last hit.

“I was real proud of my kids. They just don’t quit. They have so much belief in their hitting that they don’t feel they’re ever out of a game. But it looked bleak when it got to be 4-1.”

Hunter Salyers pitched the first four innings for the Hornets and allowed four unearned runs. Freshman Alyssa Wagner finished to get the win.

Rawlings went the distance in the circle for Badin (14-1). Four of the runs she gave up were unearned.

“I’ve told our girls, ‘The only way this team loses is when you beat yourselves,’ and they literally beat themselves today,” Rams coach Greg Stitzel said. “You’ve got to give Monroe credit. They did what they needed to do to win. But we beat ourselves with our style of play, plain and simple. Four errors … that’s not something we do very often.”

The Rams squandered 4-1, 6-4 and 7-6 leads. They moved ahead 7-6 in the sixth when Shelby Schmitt walked with the bases loaded, but that was the only run the visitors could get that inning.

Decker tied the game for the Hornets with a one-out home run to center in the bottom of the frame. It was her third homer in two days.

Schmitt had a pair of doubles and two RBIs for Badin, and Lauren Moser homered, singled and drove in three runs. Sam Sander and Josie Link chipped in RBIs.

Monroe posted a 4-1 record during a recent trip to Cocoa Beach, Fla. The Hornets lost to Merritt Island (Fla.) 2-0, allowing two unearned runs in the first inning.

“Four of the teams were really, really good. Merritt Island would be Division I here,” Kellis said. “The coaches talked about this trip, that it was either going to bring us together or pull us apart. I have to give the kids credit. They were focused down there. They went about their business, they had fun on the off days and beach days, and we had no issues at all.

“I really like the way we’re playing right now. With these kids, it’s all about the team. Charlie (Rose) is doing a great job with our pitchers. J.C. (Kellis) and Jeff (Eschmeyer) handle the defense. I just make out the lineup and let ’em play.”

The Ram will travel to Harrison on Thursday. Monroe hosts Purcell Marian on Friday.

Badin 020-221-0—7-8-4

Monroe 100-321-1—8-9-2

WP — Alyssa Wagner (8-0); LP — Nicole Rawlings (14-1); HR — B: Lauren Moser; M: Mikayla Decker. Records: B 14-1, M 12-1

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

Meet the Dayton Dragons: Aaron Fossas, pitcher
Meet the Dayton Dragons: Aaron Fossas, pitcher

Who: Aaron G. Fossas Position: Pitcher Number: 18 Personal: R/R; 6-2, 200 pounds Born: Sept. 2, 1992 (24) Birthplace: Dudley, Mass. College: Wake Forest Acquired: Signed with Reds as a non-drafted free agent in 2016. Notable: A familiar name to the Dragons. His uncle, Tony Fossas, was a Dayton pitching coach for five seasons and is now the reds&rsquo...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s potential NFL draft picks
5 things to know about Ohio State’s potential NFL draft picks

Ohio State football doesn’t figure to match last year’s showing at the NFL draft, but it is shaping up to be another year for Urban Meyer and his coaching staff to crow about.  Here is what you want to know ahead of the 2017 draft in Philadelphia:  1. Pro Football Focus has seven Buckeyes in its top 300 prospects: Marshon...
Jake Replogle of Centerville honored by Purdue, Big Ten
Jake Replogle of Centerville honored by Purdue, Big Ten

Centerville High School graduate Jake Replogle has been named Purdue University’s male winner of the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor for 2017. Replogle was a stalwart on the Boilermakers defensive line during his football career, playing 39 games and registering 158 tackles, including 35 for loss and 7.5 sacks. He was an honorable mention...
Baseball: Xenia tops Southeastern in game that almost wasn’t
Baseball: Xenia tops Southeastern in game that almost wasn’t

Xenia and Southeastern both were staring at openings in their high school baseball schedules this week when Xenia coach Barry Claus sent Southeastern coach Craig Isaac a text. “When Alter decided they didn’t want to play us Saturday, I got in touch with Craig and asked him if we wanted to play,” Claus said after his team claimed a...
Sports Today: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes 
Sports Today: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes 

Welcome to NFL draft day!  The league’s nefarious plot to make us care about football year round continues to be a success, and no, I’m not complaining.  The first draft item to run across my feed this morning was about the Cleveland Browns considering taking second-round talent Mitch Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick. ...
More Stories