By Ben Stroup
Bailey Hager fired her second round of 40 of the season, nabbing medalist honors while leading Hayes to a dual-meet win over host Hilliard Bradley Monday at Thorn Apple.
The Pacers won with a school-record 180, eclipsing the 182 they set earlier this month in a non-league showdown with Thomas Worthington at Oakhaven. That was at their home course. This time, though, they did it on an unfamiliar course.
Hager was backed by Anna Wells (45), Sophie Zehner (47), C.C. Bargar (48), Riley Geiger (49) and Emma Wasielewski (53).
Hilliard Bradley shot a 219.
Hayes opens postseason play next Tuesday when it travels to West Chester Golf Club for the sectional tournament.
Liberty’s seniors made sure to make their final home match of the season a memorable one, blanking visiting CSG 5-0 during Monday’s Senior Night in Powell.
Liberty winners included Alexia Meyer, who knocked off Marissa Madison 6-2, 6-3 at first singles; Lexi Steer, who handled Stephanie Presper 6-0, 6-1 at second singles; Makayla Schaefer, who beat Ella Fronk 6-4, 6-0 at third singles; Anna Delaney and Sidney Reineke, who won 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles; and the duo of Lizzie Radkiewicz and Avivah Wang, who teamed up for a 6-2, 6-1 win at second doubles.
Big Walnut 3, Pleasant 2
The Golden Eagles won at first singles and both doubles courts to notch a solid 3-2 non-league win over host Pleasant Monday in Marion.
Macie Kercsmar (6-0, 6-0 at first singles), Hannah Moroz and Anna Faust (3-6, 6-0, 6-3 at first doubles) and Abby Friend and Lexie Kirkpatrick (6-4, 6-2 at second doubles) earned the BW wins.
Buckeye Valley had its chances, but couldn’t crack the scoring column as host Jonathan Alder escaped with a 1-0 Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference win Monday night in Plain City.
After the teams entered the break locked in a scoreless tie, the Pioneers’ Alex Moore hammered in the game winner off a corner kick in the 61st minute.
The Barons looked for an equalizer late, but couldn’t get off a solid shot down the stretch.
“We played some really good soccer tonight,” Buckeye Valley coach Eric Staley said. “We just couldn’t get through their defense. Some of our most dangerous chances still didn’t produce any shots.”
Caleb King finished with two saves in the Baron goal while Braeden McGough stopped five shots for the Pioneers.
Also: Dublin Coffman 4, Orange 0
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