Canfield retains first in MAC; Boardman posts Federal win
Poland, Ursuline, Mooney, Chaney and South Range earned wins.
CANFIELD -- Rachel Melewski's eighth-inning run on Thursday gave the Canfield High softball team a 3-2 victory over Howland.
The win came one day after the Cardinals (8-1, 4-0 Metro Athletic Conference) defeated Poland to take sole possession of first place.
Melewski reached on an error, stole second base and scored the winning run on another error.
Carly Sabat scored Howland's first run in the sixth inning when she walked and scored on an error. Tiffany Jaques doubled for the Tigers (3-5, 0-2) and scored on an error for a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning.
The Cardinals rallied to tie the game after Jillian Halfhill's double, an error and two walks.
Winning pitcher Tricia Bettura struck out seven batters, walked two and hit one.
Howland pitcher Abby Nicholas struck out five batters and walked two.
This weekend, Canfield plays in the East of Chicago Tournament in Ashland.
Poland 10, Niles 1
NILES -- Junior Allie Patton (1-0) struck out seven and didn't allow a baserunner through four innings for the Bulldogs (6-2, 3-1 MAC).
Of Poland's nine hits, Allyson Kennedy, a junior, had two doubles.
Chelsea Boyles and D. Berringer had a double apiece for Niles.
Boardman 6, Canton GlenOak 3
CANTON -- Freshman catcher Jamie Massaro three hits drove in four runs to lead Boardman.
Angela Martin drove in another run for the Spartans (7-3, 2-1 Federal League) with a single.
Kelsey Ford (4-2) tossed a six-hitter to pick up the win.
For GlenOak (2-6, 0-4), Ashley Henriques' two hits included a double and drove in two runs. Katie Lamzer also had two hits.
Uniontown Lake 11, Fitch 1
UNIONTOWN -- Kate Ferree doubled and Heidi Soriano added an RBI for Fitch (2-5, 0-3 Federal).
Ursuline 13, Warren Harding 1
WARREN -- Freshman Casey Lower (6-1) pitched a no-hitter for the state-ranked Irish (7-1).
A Warren Harding player reached base on an error in the first inning, then Lower, who struck out nine, retired 15 straight for the AP's Division III fifth-ranked softball team.
Ursuline sent 12 players to the plate in the first inning as it scored seven runs. Mary Hendrick hit two singles during the inning. She stole a base and drove in a run. She also hit another single. Natalie Palermo hit a triple, two singles, scored twice, drove in two runs and stole a base.
Mooney 3, Struthers 2
STRUTHERS -- Laura Guyer's two-run single keyed the Cardinals (11-2), who have won seven in a row.
Both teams' runs came in the first inning.
Guyer, a senior, knocked in DiAndra Dibacco and Mara Palombaro with the second and third runs of the game following a run scored on a fielder's choice.
Chrissy Porter (8-1) struck out seven for the Cardinals, who will participate in the Tiger Town Invitational at Genshaft Park in Massillon this weekend.
For Struthers (4-4), Ellen Becker pitched four innings and Ashley Baron hurled the final three. Baron registered five strikeouts and allowed no runs.
Chaney 8, Campbell 7
YOUNGSTOWN -- Chardonae Williams hit the game-winning single to drive in two runs with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Williams had two hits and Jessica Gavin doubled and tripled for the Cowgirls (3-6). DeShawn Jenkins and Lisette Encarination each added two hits.
Latonia Butler homered, doubled and drove in three runs for Campbell, while Taylor Burton added two hits.
South Range 9, Columbiana 8
NORTH LIMA -- Autumn Carter hit a pair of two-run homers as the Raiders won their first game.
Danielle Downey's four hits included a triple.
In the seventh inning, the Raiders (1-7, 1-5 Inter Tri-County League Tier One) scored twice to win. After Chelsea Leson singled, she was sacrificed to second by Carissa Benchwick and scored when Megan Beachley reached on error.
Following a wild pitch, Beachley scored on Rachel Holisky's single.
McDonald 10, Leetonia 0
McDONALD -- A four-run sixth inning put the 10-run rule in effect as McDonald beat Leetonia for the second straight day.
On Thursday, freshman Sara Ingalls belted two home runs for four RBIs for the Blue Devils (8-1, 6-1 ITCL Tier Two).
Senior Lauren Walls finished with three hits and two RBIs, junior Jessica Ferraro had three hits, junior Kirsten Tayala had two RBIs and freshman Kaitlyn Rutushin also had two RBIs.
On the mound, Rutushin tossed a three-hitter.
Kaitlyn's sister, Kelly Rutushin, had a double as did Walls and Tayala.
On Wednesday, McDonald played at Leetonia and won, 3-1. In a two-hitter, Walls improved her pitching record to 4-1. For the Blue Devils, Kayla Puntel and Ingalls had two hits apiece.
Western Reserve 12,Lowellville 1
LOWELLVILLE -- Macy Marra doubled twice for the Blue Devils (7-8, 6-2 ITCL Tier Two).
Also with two hits were Ellie Sander, Chelsea Korda and Elizabeth Srock.
Winning pitcher Stephanie Boyer (3-3) struck out seven and walked six batters.
Stephanie Yankle tripled for the Rockets (6-4, 4-3).
Jackson-Milton 11, Southern 1
NORTH JACKSON -- Krista Kiraly pitched a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts to pick up the win for the Bluejays (7-5, 7-1 ITCL Tier Two).
Dez Cavanaugh hit three singles, scored twice, stole two bases and drove in two runs for Jackson-Milton. Kortney Gherardi also hit three singles, scored three times and stole two bases. Carrie Foil hit a double, single and scored once.
Hubbard 3, Girard 2
HUBBARD -- Hubbard scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, getting a single from Jessica Lunt and doubles by Gabby Flynn and Kara Egelsky.
Flynn finished with three hits, including two doubles, while Lunt and Egelsky each added two for the Eagles (8-2, 4-1). Egelsky tossed a five-hitter, striking out nine and walking one, to get the win.
Sarah Britt and Kassi Simeone doubled for Girard (2-7, 0-3).
Mathews 11, Badger 1
VIENNA -- Winning pitcher Caitlyn Youngs struck out seven batters and walked one for the Mustangs (6-1, 2-0 Northeast Athletic Conference).
Amber Jarvis had three hits and two RBIs while Audrey Dodgson contributed two hits.
For Badger, Amanda Peska doubled.
Northwest 2, West Branch 0
BELOIT -- Jen Joseph tossed a four-hitter for Northwest (11-2, 6-4 Northeastern Buckeye Conference).
Jessica Early doubled for the Warriors (2-9, 1-5). Bri Benedict, Brittany Snyder and Kelsey Price had the other hits.
Southeast 4, Kent 2
RAVENNA -- Winning pitcher Shannon Hamilton (7-1) scattered six hits.
Hamilton, Jen Gahagan and Alyssa Biltz had the hits for the Pirates (10-2, 5-1 Portage County League).
For Kent (4-7, 2-4), Rebekah Troutman's two hits included a homer.