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Maher, Palumbo fire 2-hitter as Poland beats Canfield, 2-1



Published: Tue, May 6, 2008 @ 12:00 a.m.

Boardman freshman Alexandra DiDomenico struck out 18 batters in a 5-2 win.

CANFIELD — Liz Maher and Jordan Palumbo combined to pitch a two-hitter as the Poland High softball team posted a 2-1 victory over Canfield in a Metro Athletic Conference game at the Canfield High field.

The Bulldogs (14-6, 7-2), who lost to Canfield 7-4 April 22, handed the Cardinals (14-4-1, 9-1) their first MAC loss.

With the scored tied 1-1 and two outs in the fifth inning, Poland’s Allie Patton hit a double and she scored the deciding run on a single by Jenna Medina.

Patton also singled twice and scored a run in the top of the third inning. Maher worked five innings and struck out one to pick up the win. Palumbo worked two innings with three strikeouts for a save.

Boardman 5, Edison 2

RICHMOND — Boardman freshman Alexandra DiDomenico struck out a career-high 18 batters over seven innings and added a two-run homer on offense to lead the Spartans.

“In my 12 years of coaching, I’ve never seen 18 strikeouts,” said Spartans coach Bill Amero. “She was on fire. Her ball was really moving tonight.”

DiDomenico (2-1) got her first 14 outs by strikeout, while the homer came in the fourth inning.

Sarah Maxwell added two hits for Boardman (11-6), while Megan Antigo had two hits for Edison (12-11).

Howland 5, Niles 0

HOWLAND — Jenna Debiec homered while Rachel Bixler’s two hits included a double for the Tigers (12-11). Also with two hits were Katie Peoples and Gina Albani. Amanda Delaquila drove in two runs.

For the Red Dragons (8-11), Melyssa Spowart doubled.

Jackson 5, Fitch 0

AUSTINTOWN — Jackson (15-2, 6-1) broke away from a pitchers duel as it scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning in a Federal League game.

Sam Kozbial and Sephanie Berdis hit a pair of singles apiece for the Falcons (9-8, 3-5).

Salem 8, East Liverpool 7

SALEM — The Quakers (3-14), in winning for the second straight game, built a 8-1 lead, then held on for the victory. Kate Kibler worked six innings with three strikeouts to pick up the win. Jesse Dillon hit three doubles, single, scored twice and drove in two runs for Salem. Kat Malloy hit a triple, single and scored twice and Jordan Hissom hit two singles and scored twice.

Struthers 13, Campbell 1

CAMPBELL — A six-run second inning put Struthers ahead 8-1 and it went on to win the Metro Athletic Conference game in five innings. Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit for the Wildcats. Sam Ditman hit a home run, single and drove in three runs. Nic Demyan hit three singles, while Dana Mathews and winning pitcher Ashley Baton each had two.

In the bottom of the first inning, Campbell’s (3-14, 1-8) Erica Melnik hit a single, stole second and scored on a single by Jamie Dolan.

Lisbon 4, Springfield 0

NEW MIDDLETOWN — Blair Flory, Katie Snoddy and Erica Snoddy each had two hits for the Blue Devils (19-1).

For the Tigers (9-8, 5-3 Inter Tri-County League Tier One), Andrea Lyons had two hits.

Western Reserve 4, Sebring 2

SEBRING — Elizabeth Srock pitched a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts and a walk to lead Western Reserve (11-7, 9-2 ITCL).

Heather Monowski doubled, tripled and drove in three runs in the win.

Chantel Fox had two hits for Sebring (14-7). Trailing 4-0, the Trojans loaded the bases with one out in the seventh but managed only two runs.

Champion 14, Liberty 1

LIBERTY — Amanda Sain had three hits and Nicole Weaver added two doubles and two RBIs for Champion (12-4, 10-1 Trumbull Athletic Conference), which broke open a close game with an eight-run fifth inning. Morgan White, Katie Saluga and Ashley Rable each added two hits and two RBIs.

Maplewood 12, Badger 0

CORTLAND — The Rockets (13-4, 12-1) scored three runs in the first inning, five in the fourth and three in the fifth to prevail in the Northeastern Athletic Conference game. Amanda Peska scattered four hits to pick up her ninth win. Emily Paris went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Southeast 2, Norton 1

NORTON — The Pirates’ (16-3) Shannon Hamilton (12-0) scattered four hits to pick up the win. Ali Austin hit a double and single and Emily Munger had a pair of singles.


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