Despite seeing its four-run lead whittled down by the end, Poland still held off Ursuline for a 7-6 victory on Thursday and claiming the Division II Youngstown District Champiomship. Ursuline scored three runs in the failed comeback on a double by Maris Barbato, a double by Destiny Goodnight, and a double by Gia Caldrone.
The Bulldogs pulled away for good with four runs in the second inning. Brooke Bobbey drew a walk, scoring one run and Cami Lattanzio doubled on a 2-2 count, scoring three runs.
Ursuline scored three runs in the sixth inning. The big inning came thanks to doubles by Barbato, Goodnight, and Caldrone.
Ashley Wire led the Bulldogs to victory in the circle. She went seven innings, allowing six runs on ten hits and striking out five.
Emily Holland took the loss for Ursuline. She allowed four hits and three runs over three and a third innings, striking out one.
Lattanzio went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Poland in hits. The Bulldogs were sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. Ally Nittoli made the most plays with nine.
Ursuline tallied ten hits. Caldrone, Goodnight, Barbato, Julia Nutter, and Alyssa Sheely all managed multiple hits for the Irish
Poland advances to play Mogadore in the regional semifinals at Akron Firestone Stadium on Wednesday at 5:00.
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