UPDATE | West Branch wins 5-4; plays Saturday for title


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By DAN HINER

The Vindicator

AKRON — West Branch beat Jonathon Alder 5-4 in the Division II state softball tournament.

They will play in the state title game on Saturday at Firestone Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m.

Alder jumped out to a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Cierra Clark in the top of the 2nd.

A two-out RBI triple by Grace Heath tied the game and Kylie Coffelt gave the Warriors the lead with a two-run home run to left field.

West Branch led 3-1 in the bottom of the 3rd. They got it to 4-1 in the top of the 5th.

But Adler rebounded. Alder's Emily Walker drove in two with a triple to left-center field to make it 4-3 in the 5th.

Angela Brandel tied the game at 4 with an RBI single off Coffelt in the 6th inning.

In the bottom of the 6th, Heath gave the Warriors a 5-4 lead on a two-out RBI single.

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