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Geoff Cowles/News Mount Vernon graduate and current Ohio Wesleyan University softball player Madi Drabick will be traveling to Italy in June to play softball as part of the American International Sports Teams program.

É tempo di giocare a softball : MV’s Drabick representing US in Italy

Former Mount Vernon High School pitcher Madi Drabick, who completed her sophomore year at Ohio Wesleyan this month, is still going strong as she heads into summer. In June, she will be stepping into the circle in Italy, representing her country as a member of the U.S. team in a sports and education opportunity called American International Sports Teams (AIST).

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Geoff Cowles/News Highland pitcher Tate Tobin fields the ball before throwing out a Granville runner Tuesday during their Division II District semifinal baseball game at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Big inning costly for Highland Scots

The sixth-seeded Highland Scots and the ninth-seeded Granville Blue Aces came to Knox County to battle for a berth in the OHSAA Baseball Division II Central District Final. The Blue Aces, lifted by a 6-run second inning and some timely hitting throughout, ended the Scots’ season, winning 10-6, in their District semifinal matchup Tuesday at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

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Geoff Cowles/News Utica Redskins’ leftfielder Shayla Estep slightly overruns a ball that lands near the foul line in fair territory. Estep recovered, picking the ball up and throwing it to third base to get the lead runner.

Big inning fuels Pirates to win over Utica

It was a dream that the No. 3-seeded Utica Redskins had since the end of last season — Beat the Cardington Pirates. The top-seeded Pirates put an abrupt end to the Redskins’ season in 2018, but for a while, it looked like 2019 was Utica’s turn to shine.

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Submitted photo Mount Vernon natives J.D. Orr, left, and Ryan Fitzgerald, right, have found success on the baseball diamond in college. Orr plays left field at Wright State University, while Fitzgerald patrols center field at Oakland (Mich.) University. They are shown with Orr’s son, Dekker.

Brothers on the diamond

They remember the cheering crowds and the adulation of family and friends on Mount Vernon High School football Fridays and those humid spring afternoons on the baseball field, wearing the orange and black. Four years later, a pair of former Yellow Jackets’ athletes are still making noise on the field.

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