LEAVITTSBURG OH- Addie Warzala was a big part of Champion’s offensive output, nailing three hits to power Champion past Berkshire with a convincing 11-0 shutout in the district semifinals. Warzala kicked it off with a double in the second, and didn’t let up, adding singles in both the first and fourth innings.

Gabrielle Gradishar was untouchable on the mound, fanning 12 while scattering just two hits across five innings, keeping the Badgers’ lineup at bay without issuing a walk.

Champion jumped out early, scoring right off the bat in the first inning when Isabella Meyer singled home a run, followed by Zoe Palette earning an RBI the hard way with a base on balls. They stretched the lead in the second with Warzala and Meyer both delivering RBI doubles.

The fourth inning was a hit parade with five runs blasting across the plate. Meyer lifted a sac fly, Palette singled in another run, Sam Strock ripped a two-run triple, and Bella Weber grounded out but still knocked in a run.

When it was all said and done, Champion racked up 11 hits. Meyer was a major playmaker, driving in four runs and going 2-for-2. Gradishar also got in on the hitting action with two of her own. Warzala showcased her speed, swiping two bases.

Defensively, Champion was flawless, notching zero errors, with Warzala involved in a dozen plays.

Looking ahead, Champion is set to face Lakeview in the district championship this Thursday at LaBrae. First pitch is at 5:00 PM, and it’s shaping up to be a thriller.