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Champion sweeps D-III state titles in baseball, softball

By The Vindicator

Saturday, June 3, 2017

It was truly a Champion-ship Saturday for the Golden Flashes.

The Champion High School baseball team lived up to its name first Saturday as the Golden Flashes became state champions.

The Golden Flashes defeated previously unbeaten Berlin Hiland, 1-0, behind Andrew Russell's complete-game shutout in the Division III state baseball final at Huntington Park.

Russell scattered seven hits in the victory and made the Golden Flashes' first-inning run stand up against the Hawks (31-1).

Champion's Lucas Nasonti — the Golden Flashes' first batter of the game — was hit by a pitch and eventually scored the game's only run on Michael Turner's single.

It is the first state title in Champion baseball history and the first by a Trumbull County team since 1943, when LaBrae won a state championship.

Later on Saturday, Champion's softball team made it a sweep of D-III titles with a 5-1 win over Wheelersburg at Akron's Firestone Stadium. The win capped a dominant race to the championship, as the Golden Flashes (32-2) outscored their tournament foes 68-2.

It is the seventh state title for Champion, which last won in 2015.

Wheelersburg (25-3) was the defending state champion in D-III.

Return to and read Sunday's Vindicator sports section for complete details on both Champion teams.