Boardman claimed its first state championship in the 10-11 age group with a 12-4 victory over Tallmadge on Friday.
“The girls are ecstatic,” said Boardman manager Brian Gorby. “We hit the ball well and took what they gave us.
Boardman pitcher Logan Menosky struck out six of the first 10 Tallmadge batters she faced en route to a complete game and the tournament-clinching victory.
“We played extremely smart softball for the entire six innings,” Gorby said.
They were nearly flawless defensively in support of Menosky.
Boardman jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead. After Tallmadge rallied to tie the game, Boardman added another pair.
Heavy rain forced a thirty minute delay, but did not faze Boardman. In the decisive fourth inning, Melissa Davanzo’s clutch hitting led to a six-run outburst.
In Galesburg, Ill., the Mill Creek Royals continued their run through the Cal Ripken Tournament Regional with a convincing run rule-shortened 12-2 win over the hosts in five innings.
Jordan Zupko’s third-inning home run was all the support that pitchers Kenny Goss and Vincent Armeni needed. Zach Saunders and Stevie Babik each went 2-for-2 on the afternoon, while Armeni, Goss, AJ Winterburn and Ricky Havrilla all contributed with base hits.
Mill Creek concludes pool play with a 2-1 record after winning two games on Thursday.