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SOFTBALL Boardman, Poland clinch league titles

Published: Fri, May 11, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.

Fitch and Canfield shut out conference opponents.

BOARDMAN -- The road to the Steel Valley Conference softball championship continues to run through Boardman.

The Spartans beat Mooney 5-3 Thursday to run their SVC record to 7-0 and win the title outright for the second straight season.

Two years ago, Boardman and Fitch tied for the championship.

Senior Marissa Bartholomew (15-2) got the win and had a single and a double.

Senior Mary McCabe, junior Gina Rango and sophomore Jennifer Feret each had two singles for the Spartans (20-3), who have won nine straight.

Jennifer Pancake also doubled in an 11-hit Spartans' attack.

Adrianne Detesko had two of the four Mooney (13-8, 4-4) hits, both doubles.

Fitch 6, Ursuline 0: YOUNGSTOWN -- Fitch (15-9) jumped out to a 4-0 lead and Ursuline, held to two hits, wasn't able to score.

Joanna Fergus, Angela Zdelar and Jamie Wetzl led the Falcons with two hits apiece.

Winning pitcher Brianna Ozias (13-6) and Wetzl combined to scatter two hits and strike out nine.

Poland 6, Howland 3: POLAND -- Poland clinched a tie for the Metro Athletic Conference championship with a victory over Howland.

Sue Olesko had two singles and two RBIs for the Bulldogs (17-7, 7-2), who defeated Howland (13-10, 7-3) for the second straight day. The teams played in a Division II sectional title game Wednesday.

Stephanie Russell added two singles and an RBI for Poland, which got a complete game from pitcher Sarah Knill. Knill struck out one and walked two.

Poland can win the MAC title outright Monday by defeating Salem.

Canfield 15, Niles 0: NILES -- Canfield (16-7) scored at least one run in every inning, including eight in the second inning, to beat Niles in the MAC game.

Senior Lindsay Gaudiose (12-5) scattered three hits, struck out nine and didn't walk a batter in recording her seventh shutout of the season.

Sophomore Kelly Williams hit a double and two singles, drove in two runs, scored twice and stole a base for the Cardinals.

Julie Playforth, Stephanie Mistovich and Nikki Garrett each added two singles for Canfield, which finished 7-3 in the MAC.


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