Batting championship races taking shape


Moody, Anderson early leaders

By John Bombatch - jbombatch@aimmediamidwest.com



Xenia third baseman/pitcher Caity Moody (18) has the early lead in the Greene County Softball Batting Championship with a .629 batting average. Yellow Springs’ Dylan Rainey (23) is one of the Greene County area’s baseball hitting leaders through the first month of the 2019 season.

Xenia third baseman/pitcher Caity Moody (18) has the early lead in the Greene County Softball Batting Championship with a .629 batting average. Yellow Springs’ Dylan Rainey (23) is one of the Greene County area’s baseball hitting leaders through the first month of the 2019 season.


John Bombatch | Greene County News

Xenia third baseman/pitcher Caity Moody (18) has the early lead in the Greene County Softball Batting Championship with a .629 batting average. Yellow Springs’ Dylan Rainey (23) is one of the Greene County area’s baseball hitting leaders through the first month of the 2019 season.


John Bombatch | Greene County News

GREENE COUNTY — This probably isn’t a thing just yet, but maybe it should be.

Whenever Xenia pitcher/third baseman Caity Moody steps up to the plate, her Buccaneers teammates need to break into an escalating chant of “Piz-za! Piz-ZA! PIZ-ZA!”

Why?

Because the Xenia junior is having an amazing year at the plate and is our current leader in the second annual Greene County Softball Batting Championship race, that’s why!

Moody’s .629 batting average has her leading the defending champion, Bellbrook’s Kaley Clark, by .018 with roughly half the girls high school softball season yet to be played.

For the second year, the Greene County News and its papers the Xenia Daily Gazette, Fairborn Daily Herald, and the Beavercreek News-Current weekly, is teaming up with the Xenia Pizza Hut location (at 354 W. Main St.) to present the area batting champions with an award for their hard work during the Spring season.

Pizza Hut general manager Brandon Beatty presented our 2018 champions — Bellbrook junior softball slugger Kaley Clark and Legacy Christian baseball senior Josh Rutan — with $50 Pizza Hut gift certificates last season.

Beatty had so much fun with the contest last season, that he’s agreed to do it again this year. The top area baseball and softball batting average champions will each receive a $50 gift certificate from Pizza Hut.

Pizza!

Pizza!

Pizza!

To give everyone an idea of what batting averages they were up against, we’ve waived the batting rule for this week’s listing. In order to recognize a batter’s consistency throughout the season, the champion must have at least twice as many at-bats as total games that his team has played during the season.

With that rule in place, Moody would still be in a battle with Clark for the batting crown in softball.

Fairborn’s Jamison Anderson currently leads the baseball batting race with a .750 average, but the Skyhawk sophomore has played in three of Fairborn’s 18 games so far.

With the rule in effect, Cedarville’s Caleb McKinion would have the baseball lead.

McKinion, a sophomore infielder/pitcher who currently leads the entire Ohio Heritage Conference in hitting, presently has a .556 batting average. He’s connected for 30 hits in 54 at-bats through 18 games played. McKinion is tied for the OHC lead in RBI with 23 as well.

Indians teammate Caleb Criswell would fit the criteria and be second in the standings with a .522 average, with Xenia’s Ayden Evens just behind at .521.

Here’s a look at the area’s top-12 batting averages through Monday, April 23.

BASEBALL

Jamison Anderson, Fairborn .750

Jasiah Zingor-Mitchell, Yellow Springs .571

Caleb McKinion, Cedarville .549

Dylan Rainey, Yellow Springs .529

Caleb Criswell, Cedarville .522

Ayden Evans, Xenia .521

Ben Stewart, Fairborn .500

Joey Lewis, Xenia .493

Hunter Warner, Fairborn .489

Adam Galle, Bellbrook .477

Jayden Elliott, Bellbrook .477

Kahlil Lettice, Fairborn .468

SOFTBALL

Caitlin Moody, Xenia .629

Kaley Clark, Bellbrook .611

Harley Clonch, Greeneview .571

Zoe Lafferty, Yellow Springs .565

Kendall Winn, Fairborn .538

Alexa Simpson, Greeneview .513

Sydney Smith, Xenia .510

Ashland Baker, Fairborn .500

Rebecca Spencer, Yellow Springs .500

Regan Coffey, Cedarville .500

Bre Wallace, Yellow Springs .500

Kaylee Cyphers, Cedarville .478

Xenia third baseman/pitcher Caity Moody (18) has the early lead in the Greene County Softball Batting Championship with a .629 batting average. Yellow Springs’ Dylan Rainey (23) is one of the Greene County area’s baseball hitting leaders through the first month of the 2019 season.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/04/web1_YSsp23_PS-1.jpgXenia third baseman/pitcher Caity Moody (18) has the early lead in the Greene County Softball Batting Championship with a .629 batting average. Yellow Springs’ Dylan Rainey (23) is one of the Greene County area’s baseball hitting leaders through the first month of the 2019 season. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Xenia third baseman/pitcher Caity Moody (18) has the early lead in the Greene County Softball Batting Championship with a .629 batting average. Yellow Springs’ Dylan Rainey (23) is one of the Greene County area’s baseball hitting leaders through the first month of the 2019 season.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/04/web1_MoodySoftball_PS.jpgXenia third baseman/pitcher Caity Moody (18) has the early lead in the Greene County Softball Batting Championship with a .629 batting average. Yellow Springs’ Dylan Rainey (23) is one of the Greene County area’s baseball hitting leaders through the first month of the 2019 season. John Bombatch | Greene County News
Moody, Anderson early leaders

By John Bombatch

jbombatch@aimmediamidwest.com

Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123. Batting averages are acquired from the GCLC, SWBL, GWOC, MBC and OHC websites.

Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123. Batting averages are acquired from the GCLC, SWBL, GWOC, MBC and OHC websites.