VINDY LIVE Softball | Champion wins off extra-innings homer; title game Saturday


Undefeated Champion is visiting team for third state semifinal softball game in four seasons. Game about to begin in Akron. Skies are overcast.

Tom Williams is at Akron Firestone Stadium for the Champion state semifinal. The first pitch is at 12:30 p.m. Tom's Twitter account is @Williams_Vindy.

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Final in 8 innings: Champion 2 North Union 1.

The Golden Flashes will play for state crown on Saturday — their shot at an 8th state title.

Here's how Friday's semi game went from reporter Tom Williams' Twitter work as the game was going on:

• Another homer puts Champion up 1. Allison Smith homers in top of 8th to give Champion a 2-1 lead.

• It's bonus softball: Champion tied with North Union 1-1 after 7.

• Abby White homered to give Champion a 1-0 lead in 7th. Then, Avery Clark homered in 7th as North Union ties Champion 1-1.

• Emma Gumont makes a running catch in center to end North Union’s fourth at-bat. Champion-North Union scoreless going to 5th.

• Champion senior Megan Turner hits one-out double in 4th but is stranded. Game with North Union scoreless in Akron.

• After 3, Champion and North Union are scoreless; Howell has whiffed 7 Ladycats.

• North Union strands its first base runner in second; Champion-North Union scoreless after 2.

• Champion strands a runner in second; no score in Division III state semifinal in Akron.

• Champion sophomore Sophie Howell strikes out the side; Champion-North Union scoreless after 1.

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