BOARDMAN OH- Boardman has been on cruise control for the entire district tournament on their way to their championship appearance. Coming into Tuesday’s championship matchup with Canfield, Boardman carried supreme confidence. A monster 11 run 3rd inning catapulted them to a 12-0 victory in 4 innings.
The first two innings, Boardman’s offense left major scoring opportunities on the board. In the first, they loaded the bases. They scored one run on a single, but then Canfield gunned down a would be second run at the plate to end the inning. Canfield would return the favor and leave the bases loaded in the bottom of the frame without scoring a run. In the second inning, Boardman once again put on the pressure. With runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs, Canfield’s first baseman Milana Mollenkopf caught a line drive and then doubled off a runner at second. Taylor Watts put a charge into the ball to center field, but Sophia Seiple made a spectacular over the head grab to rob her of an extra base hit. It killed the inning and let Canfield stay in the game. Mollenkopf also made an amazing catch at the fence in foul territory in the first.
When the third inning came around Boardman once again put traffic on the base paths. And once again it looked like Cam Hrina and the Canfield defense was going to wiggle free. Enter Mia Duble. With 2 outs and the bases still juiced, Duble took a 1-0 pitch deep to left for a grand slam. It started the fire that would fuel a 11 run inning, taking any doubt away from who was going to win.
Emma Davies also was on lock down for Boardman in the circle. She struck out 14 on her way to a second shutout of Canfield in a week.
Boardman advances to the State bracket in Ashtabula. They will play the winner of District 1 at 10:00 AM on Saturday June 9th. It will be a double elimination bracket just like districts.