PREP SOFTBALL Poland wins title again
The Bulldogs beat Akron Ellet 2-1 to win the Grand Strand Classic.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Allie Patton hit two doubles and struck out the game's final batter with a full-count called strike as Poland High (5-0) defeated Akron Ellet 2-1 and won the Grand Strand Classic for the second straight year.
Poland broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning when Patton doubled home a run then scored on passed ball.
Ashley Conger and Ciera Urichich had the other hits off Ohio State University recruit Courtney Pruner (4-1).
With one out and the bases loaded, Patton relieved winning pitcher Kristy Hertz (2-0).
In the varsity-only tournament, Poland also defeated: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart of Coraopolis, Pa., 9-0; Georgetown Visitation of District of Columbia, 4-1; Valley Central of New York, 4-1; and Perry of Lake County, 4-0.
Boardman, 7, Niagara Falls 0Boardman 8, St. James 3
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Addie Carothers hit three singles and drove in two runs, while Emily Hayes hit a triple and single and drove in three runs to spark the Spartans (3-1) in the win over Niagara Falls in the Lady Braves Invitational tournament.
Ashley DiDomenico (2-1) pitched a complete game with eight strikes outs to pick up the win over St. James.
Mallory Hay paced the Spartans' 13-hit attack with a pair of doubles and single and drove in three runs. Katie Zetts hit three singles and drove in two runs, while Danielle hit a pair of singles and scored twice.
Lakeview 4, Mooney 1
YOUNGSTOWN -- Lauren Whetzel's two-run double in the first inning propelled Lakeview over Mooney at Volney Rogers Field.
Winning pitcher Kailynn Cerny (1-0) allowed three hits for the Bulldogs (1-0).
For Mooney (0-2), Gina Brunetti drove in the Cardinals' run and Colleen Courtney (0-1) allowed six hits.
Canfield 9, Mercyhurst 0Canfield 6, Niagara Falls 4
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Canfield scored rive runs in the second inning against Mercyhurst, Pa. and never looked back in the Lady Braves Invitational tournament.
Ashley Bleggi (1-1) threw 80 pitches, scattered four hits and struck out five to pick up the win for the Cardinals.
In the win over Niagara Falls, Canfield (3-1) tied 3-3, scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Tricia Buttera (1-0) scattered four hits to pick up the win. Brianna Halfhill hit a triple for the Cardinals.
Mineral Ridge 3, Ursuline 0
YOUNGSTOWN -- Emily Sheller doubled home an insurance run in the two-run fourth inning for the Rams (2-1). Melanie Sparts and Heather Bucker each hit two singles. Kaili Gehring (2-1) pitched a complete game, with four strikeouts.
Maureen Cearfoss (1-1) allowed nine hits to take the loss.
Hubbard 8, Harding 3
WARREN -- Stephanie Zubyk's two hits included a double and drove in two runs for the Eagles (1-0).
Tressa Scahill doubled and singled. Danielle DeJulio and Kim Budd also had two hits. Gaby Flynn was the winning pitcher.
For Harding (0-1), Tempest Ziegler's two hits included a double. Kayla Sparks also doubled.
Jackson-Milton 4, Girard 2
NORTH JACKSON -- Krista Kiraly, in the Bluejays' season opener, pitched a three-hitter with six strikeouts.
Kay Bruss was 4-for-4 and scored twice for the Bluejays. Carrie Fiol, Kara Conrad and Kortney Gherardi each had two hits.
The Bluejays trailing Girard (0-2) 2-1, took the lead for keeps in the fifth inning as Conrad singled home Bruss and Gherardi singled home Conrad.
Lowellville 14, Youngstown Christian 2
LOWELLVILLE -- Lindsay Wilson struck out 12 batters and walked three in limiting Youngstown Christian (0-1) to two hits.
Juli Peterson doubled for the Rockets (1-1) while Veronica Cosby had two hits and two RBIs. Cori Smith singled for Lowellville's other hit.
Mathews 2, LaBrae 1
VIENNA -- Caitlin Youngs and McKenzie Brown hit RBI doubles in the first inning to lead the Mustangs (1-1).
Ali Stein and Youngs combined to toss a four-hitter.
Louisville 15, West Branch 3
BELOIT -- Louisville (2-0), behind 2-0, scored four runs in the second inning and five in the fifth in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference contest.
The Leopards' winning pitcher Lindsay Hostetler went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, while Damara Farkas and Katie Woolf each had two hits.
Losing pitcher Vana Morgan, Becky Rinyo and Jessica Early had a single apiece for the Warriors (1-2).