Newton Falls' Bailey Shade struck out every batter she faced - 21 total - as Newton Falls beat Southeast, 4-1, in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader.
Jenna Ballas threw a no-hitter in Game 2, a 1-0 Newton Falls victory. Rhonda Rothacker scored the winning run when she stole home on a passed ball. The Tigers (3-0) have thrown a perfect game and a no-hitter in their first three games. Alicia Swierz struck out six and didn't walk a batter in Game 2 for Southeast (1-3).
In other softball games in the area, Kylie Kulon's two-run double in the top of the sixth inning lifted Girard (4-1) past Madison (1-1). Neco Maderitz, who picked up the win, had 12 strikeouts.
Warren G. Harding's Tatyana DeFloor hit a grounder between first and second base in the bottom of the second inning to score Shelby Crist from home for the game winner at Boardman's Fields of Dreams. Harding (3-1) lost the second game to host Boardman, 6-2.
Ursuline swept a double header from Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, 6-0 and 2-1. Makayla Shore pitched a two-hitter and had 13 strikeouts in the first game. McKenzie Stimpert picked up the second victory.
Poland used the power of Taylor Miokovic to win two games in Columbus. She hit two home runs in the first game against Gahanna Lincoln and drove in five runs for the Poland victory. In the second win over Westerville South, she hit a solo shot.
Finally in softball, LaBrae's Emily Dugan struck out 12 batters and helped her own cause at the plate with two hits to give LaBrae the 10-7 victory over Niles. Jessica Buck added a two-run home run.
On the baseball side, it took eight innings, but the Howland Tigers pulled out the victory over Solon, 5-4.
Tied at four going into the eighth, Howland pulled out the win on an RBI single by Kurtis Kuszmaul, scoring Tyler Spain. Kuszmaul had two hits and two RBIs on the day.
John-Mark Weisman got the win in relief, striking out three. Kyle Watson was the starter, allowing two runs in four innings, striking out three.
Also needing extra innings was the non-conference game between Struthers and Lakeview. The Bulldogs fell in the nine-inning game. The Wildcats scored two in the top of the seventh off Lakeview's Andrew Grove, and the Bulldogs' Ethan Myers scored in the bottom of the seventh to send it to extra innings. Following a scoreless eighth, the Wildcats dropped three runs, two of them unearned off a Lakeview (1-2) error to hand Chris Romano the loss.
Southington won both games of its doubleheader against Waterloo, and scored a combined 31 runs in the two games. The victories were the first two for Southington this season.
Lastly, Jackson-Milton swept a doubleheader against Heartland Christian combining 20 hits in the two games. Nick Woloshack had the big day for the Blue Jays, with two hits and four RBIs in the first game, then driving in three more in the second.