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SANDLOTS Canfield girls in regional title game



Published: Sun, August 4, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The 11-12 team will meet Indiana today at 2 p.m. for a trip to the World Series.

JOPLIN, Mo. -- The Canfield 11-12 fastpitch softball team advanced to the championship game of the Central Region tournament by defeating the Iowa state champs 10-4 Saturday.

Today's championship against Indiana will take place at 2 p.m. The teams will be playing for a trip to the World Series in Portland, Ore. The game is to be broadcast live on WBBW-AM (1240).

Pitcher Tricia Bettura tossed a four-hitter with six strikeouts.

After being down 3-0 in the third inning, Canfield struck for three runs, led by consecutive singles by Bettura, Melissa West, Nika Bonamase and Lauren Sulick.

Bonamase started the fifth inning by hitting a triple into deep center field.

Sulick reached on an error and then advanced to second on a passed ball and later scored on base hit by Brittany Danilov. Danilov later scored when she stole home after Kalie Luklan walked.

Canfield tacked on four runs in the top of the sixth with singles by Bebe Halfhill, West, Bonamase and Jill Halfhill.

Little League boys (13-14)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Joe Fox pitched a complete game four-hit shutout and Tom Ibany added a two-run home run as the Canfield 13-14 baseball team routed Indiana 10-0 in regional Little League action Saturday.

C.J. Morris, John Pitzulo and Kyle Schuchler and Ibany each had two hits for Canfield, which is 1-0 in pool play. Canfield will play Missouri at 1 p.m. today and Kansas at 1 p.m. Monday.

Youngstown Babe Ruth (13s)

MENOMONIE, Wisc. -- Nick Turco and Corry Collins combined for a complete game four-hitter as the Youngstown 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team held off Harris, Ind., 2-1 in regional action Saturday.

Youngstown will play the winners bracket champion at 11 a.m. today.

Dan Ronci and Jesse Moses each had RBIs for Youngstown, which scored in the third and sixth inning. Mike Olenych and Matt Katich each scored runs. Tony Brunetti had two hits.

Turco pitched five innings, giving up a run on four hits. Collins pitched two innings of no-hit ball in relief, striking out two.

Junior League softball (13-14)

AKRON -- The Boardman 13-14 fastpitch softball team split a doubleheader in Junior League regional tournament play Saturday at Firestone Park, losing 6-4 to Michigan and beating Missouri 17-5.

In the first game, Boardman loaded the bases in the first inning but did not score, had runners at first and third in the second and did not score and made five baserunning outs in the game.

Starting pitcher Sarah Albani pitched two shutout innings, giving up a hit and striking out three, but had to leave the game with an injured ankle. Jocelyn Hudak pitched two innings in relief, giving up four runs on two hits to get the loss. Nicole Williams pitched the final three innings, giving up two runs on one hit.

Kari Thompson, Tricia Bailey and Addie Carothers each had two hits. Albani, Williams and Mallory Hay each added a hit.

Bailey pitched three scoreless innings, striking out four, and Boardman built a 17-0 lead to beat Missouri in five innings.

Bailey, who got the win, had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Mara Palombaro had three hits and an RBI.

Diandra DiBacco had two hits, two runs and an RBI and Thompson added two hits with four RBIs. Boardman had 17 hits in the game.

The Spartans will play Indiana today at noon and Illinois at 5:30.

Little League softball (9-10)

KENTON -- Jessica D'Apolito had 18 strikeouts and allowed only one hit to lead the Poland 9-10 all-star Little League softball team to a 13-0 victory over Dayton Englewood in the state tournament Saturday.

Molly Martino led the team in batting by going 3-for-4 and scoring three runs. Abbey Bensen was 2-for-3.

Poland plays today at 3 p.m.




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