Danville mercy-rules Lucas in semifinal

Bill Davis/News Danville shortstop McKinley Alberts, left, celebrates after tagging out Lucas’ Alex Depue trying to steal second during the first inning of Thursday’s Division IV state semifinal in Akron. The Blue Devils won, 11-0.


Bill Davis/News Danville’s Taylor Duncan, left, and Brittany Holt celebrate after scoring off a Hannah Duncan double in the fifth inning of Thursday’s Division IV state semifinal game against Lucas in Akron. The Blue Devils won, 11-0.

AKRON — Lucas batter Frankie Depue swung and missed a slow changeup, then turned to her coach and shrugged.

She was out of ideas.

No one was going to touch Danville pitcher Shanna Mickley on this day.

Mickley threw a five-inning four-hit shutout while knocking in three runs from the plate on a home run and a double to lead the Blue Devils to an 11-0 victory, clinching their second ever appearance in the Division IV state championship game.

“I’m really proud of these girls,” Danville coach Jill Lyons said. “We came out knowing what to expect. We’ve had a vision and a goal all year long, and they came out and got the job done.”


Bill Davis: 740-397-5333 or bdavis@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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