SOFTBALL Poland picks up where it left off
Canfield lost in Virginia Beach while Springfield slipped past Ursuline.
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- The Poland High School softball team picked up right where it left off last spring, using good pitching and timely hitting to post two wins Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (2-0), who reached the state championship game last June, defeated Indian Land (Charlotte, S.C.) 6-0 and then posted an 11-1 win over Henry Clay High School (Lexington, Ky.) in a game called after six innings.
Sarah Knill won the opener with a two-hitter, striking out seven.
Kristy Gaudiose went 2-for-4 with three RBIs while Katie Naumoff was 2-for-4 and scored twice.
Jessica Lamport fired a two-hitter in the second game with 10 strikeouts.
Steffi Graf had a single and a triple while Jessica Modic and Aslyne Rodriguez each had a double.
Indian Creek is 11-2 and Henry Clay is 0-3.
Poland plays two more games here today.
Bayside 8, Canfield 0: VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Junior Amanda Williams' two hits included a lead-off double for the Cardinals (0-1), who were playing the host team of the Virginia Beach Tournament that begins today.
Also with two hits for Canfield were sophomores Nikki Garrett and Ginny Naples.
Senior Trisha McHenry and junior Megan Turocy had Canfield's other hits.
Junior pitcher Lindsay Yosay took the loss, allowing three runs over four innings. Freshman C.J. Calabrese gave up five runs.
Canfield will open tournament play with a doubleheader today.
Struthers 4, Niles 1: NILES -- Loriel Singer pitched a complete-game victory and added two singles and three RBIs as Struthers evened its record at 1-1 against Niles in a Metro Athletic Conference game.
Singer had seven strikeouts and singled home two runs in the three-run seventh inning for the Wildcats, 1-0 in the MAC. Laura Berry had a double for Struthers.
Crystal Martin allowed just four hits for Niles (0-1, 0-1).
Springfield Local 2, Ursuline 1: NEW MIDDLETOWN -- Starting-pitcher Ashley Platt had a single, a double and both RBIs.
The Irish (0-1) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Jessica Snyder and Renee Platt each had two hits for the Tigers (1-1).
South Range 25, Rayen 0: NORTH LIMA -- Skye Walley threw a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts for the Raiders (1-1).
Kelly James led the attack with three hits including two triples.
South Range scored nine runs in the second inning and nine more in the fourth.
West Branch 2, Louisville 1: LOUISVILLE -- Nikki Pierce scattered four hits and struck out nine batters to lead West Branch to its second straight victory against Louisville.
Taylor Woods led the Warriors with three hits including a double and Ellie Geiger added two safeties. Louisville (0-1) had a triple by Erin Farkas and a double by Ashley Mayle.
Champion 7, Southeast 5: CHAMPION -- The Golden Flashes used a five-run third inning to break open Monday's game.
Jessica Rowland and Lauren Seafert each had two hits for Champion, including a double by Seafert with the bases loaded in the third.
Kara Gintert and Amy Austin each had two hits for Southeast.
Stephanie Weaver pitched the complete-game victory. Jen Whiteleather took the loss.