NORTH MYRTLE BEACH SC- In a commanding display of pitching prowess, the Canfield Cardinals opened their campaign in The Grand Strand Classic with a resounding 3-0 victory over the Bluefield Beavers from Bluefield, West Virginia. Senior standout Malena Toth delivered a masterful performance, tossing a no-hitter while recording an astonishing 19 strikeouts.

The matchup marked a rematch from the previous season’s encounter in Myrtle Beach, where the Beavers handed the Cardinals their first loss of the regular season with a narrow 2-1 victory, disrupting Canfield’s perfect 10-0 record.

Once again, it was a pitcher’s duel from the outset, with both Toth and Bluefield’s Isabella Smith showcasing their skills in the circle. Canfield wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, as Marina Koenig’s one-out triple in the early innings set the stage for the Cardinals’ first run, scored on a passed ball.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Koenig’s heads-up baserunning added another run for Canfield amidst defensive miscues from Bluefield, extending the Cardinals’ lead to 2-0.

Toth continued to dominate on the mound, tallying an impressive 17 strikeouts and keeping the Beavers hitless through six innings. She also contributed offensively, driving in a run with an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning, bolstering Canfield’s lead to 3-0.

As the game progressed into the final frame, Toth remained in control, sealing her bid for history with a flawless no-hit performance, striking out a remarkable 19 batters.

With the victory, Canfield improves to 3-1 and sets their sights on their upcoming matchup against the Pleasure Ridge Park Panthers from Louisville, Kentucky, scheduled for tomorrow with a noon first pitch. On the other hand, Bluefield (5-1) suffered their first defeat of the season and will aim to bounce back in The Grand Strand Classic.

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