The Canfield All-Stars routed Rapid City 12-0 in Monday's regional game.
By CODY THORN
JOPLIN, Mo. -- The Canfield All-Stars kicked off the 11-12-year old Little League softball regional tournament Monday as they rode the pitching of Lauren Sulick to a 12-0 victory over Rapid City, S.D., Monday at Blinzler Sports Complex.
Sulick pitched a four-inning no-hitter, as she struck out nine. The only blemish on her performance was a first-inning walk.
Canfield scored seven runs in the second inning.
"We probably played a team today that allowed us to get our feet wet," said coach Chris Cole. "After a 14-hour drive, that is what you might need."
"After we didn't get on the board in the first inning, we started to play small ball. We put down some bunts and made them field the ball. When they couldn't do that, we opened the game up with our big hitters."
In the second inning, Nikka Bonamase opened with a single and advanced on a throwing error on Sulick's grounder.
Then Brittany Danilov, Courtney Rothbauer and Christie Cole all bunted successfully. Rothbauer and Cole each drove in a run.
Jill Halfhill singled to left and Bryanne Halfhill reached on an error, before Tricia Bettura hit an RBI single to make it 6-0. An infield single by Bonamase made it 7-0.
"We put a lot of pressure on them," Cole said. "Then we started running the bases and set the game in motion."
In the third inning, with one out and the bases loaded, Bettura lined a shot to the left-center field gap, clearing the bases for a 10-0 lead.
Beturra and Melissa West, who reached on a walk, scored on wild pitches to account for the final runs.
Jill Halfhill, Bettura and Bonamase each collected two hits. Sulick and Bryanne Halfhill all reached base three times.
Canfield was scheduled to play today at 5:30 against Kentucky, which lost 12-11 to Missouri on Monday.
Boardman softball (13-14)
Boardman blanked West Portsmouth 4-0 to win the state championship Monday.
Nicole Williams went the route on a two-hitter with no walks and seven strikeouts.
Boardman will play a team from Michigan in the Central Regional Tournament at Akron Firestone Park.
Williams had a two-run double, Jocelyn Hudak doubled and Sarah Albani also had a hit for the winners, who scored three times in the fourth to snap a scoreless game.
Other players on the team are Tricia Bailey, Danielle Burin, Addie Carothers, DiAndrea DiBacco, Beth Franklin, Mallory Hay, Sarah Navarro, Mara Palombaro, Kari Thompson and Katie Zetts. Jim Bailey is the coach.
Canfield Little League baseball (13-14)
Canfield will compete in the regional tournament beginning Saturday in Fort Wayne, Ind., against a team from Indiana.
After losing its first game in the district tournament, Canfield reeled off nine straight victories, including a 6-0 stretch in the state tournament.
Canfield clinched the state title last weekend in Elyria with a 9-5 victory over Jefferson.
Joe Rosko pitched a complete game, striking out nine. He also hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning and finished with two hits.
Also recording two hits for Canfield were John Thomas, Joe Fox, Andrew Turocy and John Pitzulo.
Other team members include Tom Ivany, Dan Goske, Patrick Bellish, Dan Moran, Paul Ruchtie, Kyle Schuchler, Chris Ulery, Sean Baker and C.J. Morris. The manager is John Morris, and his assistants are Fred Rosko, Bob Schuchler and George Bellish.
This group of players also won a state title two years ago.
Boardman Pony baseball (13)
Boardman placed third in the East Zone Championships last weekend at Fields of Dreams.
Boardman opened by beating Poland. Dan McCarthy got the win, with relief from Dave Nash, Nick Schiavoni and Craig Caputo. Corey Susany recorded the save.
The offense was led by Susany, who had a three-run home run and five RBIs. McCarthy also hit a three-run homer. Mike Kadilak went 3-for-5 with two runs, a stolen base and RBI. Lou Coppola hit a grand slam for Poland.
Susany pitched 51/3 innings in the second game of the doubleheader, against Hagerstown (Md.), scoring twice and knocking home a run. Anthony Wills went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
In the third game, Armani Johnson pitched 32/3 innings in relief, allowing one run. He also homered, doubled and scored twice. Kadilak went 4-for-5, scoring twice and ending up with a .667 average for the tournament.