Copenhaver looks strong in return to action as No. 1 Badin blanks Kenton Ridge to grab D-II district title

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Badin High School's Tyler Verdin (32) is in the middle of a postgame celebration May 25, 2023, after a Division II district baseball final against Springfield Kenton Ridge at Arcanum. Badin won 10-0 in five innings. RICK CASSANO/STAFF

ARCANUM — Nik Copenhaver was back in a familiar position Thursday, standing on the mound and throwing shutout baseball.

It was just another sign that the state’s top-ranked Division II team will be difficult to stop in its quest for the program’s first state championship since 1996.

Copenhaver had only




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