NORTH JACKSON, OH- It was a start that nobody saw coming. The East Canton Hornets stung the Lisbon Lady Blue Devils right out of the gates on Wednesday afternoon when they scored five runs in the top of the first inning and eventually settled on a 7-1 final.
East Canton fired up the offense in the first inning, when Alyssa Wahl singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring the first two runs. Simons would single to right field to make it 3-0, and Reagan Mason would follow up in the next at-bat with a 2-RBI single to right field and a comfortable 5-0 lead.
Marisa Hall earned the win for East Canton Hornets Varsity. She allowed six hits and one run over seven innings, striking out four. The Lady Blue Devils were able to get under the skin of Hall a few times, but could only cash in on the Autumn Oehlstrom double in the third. Lisbon left 9 runners on base during the District Semi-Final.
Emma Thompson took the loss for Lisbon. She lasted two innings, allowing six hits and five runs while striking out one and walking one. Mya Emmerling pitched in relief and was able to hold the Hornets to two runs the rest of the way while striking out 6 and walking none.
East Canton Hornets Varsity racked up 14 hits. Mason, Mason, Wahl, and Betz each had multiple hits for East Canton Hornets Varsity. The Lady Hornets will take on McDonald for the District Championship.
*The wind was blowing strong from centerfield throughout the game toward the plate. Limiting the power of the Lisbon bats once the ball was in the air.
*Autumn Oehlstrom went out her way delivering a 2-3 performance with a walk, an RBI and both hits being doubles. She also had an incredible play defensively from center field. She threw out a runner tagging from third base on a fly ball no more than 5 feet away from the fence. Oehlstrom struck down the runner by nearly half the baseline with a laser on the fly to the catcher to apply the tag. One of the best defensive plays we’ve ever seen.
*Freshman slugger Justyce Vrable came through with a double that helped spark the Devils for a bit of a rally in the third. Oehlstrom, McKenna Dailey and Emma Thompson were the only other Lady Devils with hits. Mya Emmerling had two walks.
*The Lady Devils finish their season 20-3 with an EOAC Championship alongside a Sectional title.
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