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PREP SOFTBALL Poland wins title again

Published: Fri, April 1, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.

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).


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