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State is one step away for so many talented track athletes in the YSN family. After a phenomenal district round featuring over 105 different district champions from the YSN ranks, the regional meets promised to be a fruitful endeavor.  All the regional results are in, let’s check to see how on point track expert Rick Sypert was in his predictions.  In Episode 6 of Running Wednesdays, you’ll hear a recap of all the district action in every division, a preview of the regional round, and much more.

Our special guests for Episode 6 are making a serious name for themselves in the long tradition of Salem track.  The trio of Rylee Hutton, Maggie Hipple, and Maggie Hall all made regionals in 4 separate events.  That’s the first time anyone’s done that at Salem.  Hear about their incredible season, what their routines are, how they prepare for regionals, and much more.  Check out Episode 6 of Running Wednesdays only on YSN!

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AVON, OH- There are good games, and there was this one.  An instant classic and perhaps one of the greatest softball matchups ever played in the modern era between two state championship contenders, but it was  the South Range Lady Raiders who pulled off a thrilling 1-0 walk-off win over the Champion Golden Flashes on Friday. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the eighth when Giada Pauline smacked a solo inside-the-park home run to send the Raiders to the state semi-finals.

Both teams brought their A-game in the circle. South Range’s Jayli Wilt struck out eight en route to an impressive no-hitter, while Champion’s ace, Gaby Gradishar, fanned 14.

Jayli Wilt was stellar for South Range, pitching eight hitless innings with eight strikeouts and five walks. Gradishar was tough to beat, giving up just one run on four hits over seven and two-thirds innings.

Pauline led the Raiders’ offense, going 1-for-3 with the game-winning RBI in dramatic fashion.  Addison Wardle, Solena DeJesus, and Ashley Rupert each chipped in with a hit. Defensively, South Range was flawless, with Heidi Bartels recording nine outs.

Champion showed discipline at the plate, drawing five walks. They also played error-free defense, with Addison Warzala making 15 plays.

South Range will prepare to battle South Webster on Thursday at Akron Firestone Stadium at 5:30pm for the right to play in the state championship.


MACEDONIA OH- In a battle of elite pitching, the Canfield took down Buckeye 3-0 in the Regional Finals on Friday. Malena Toth was a force to be reckoned with in the circle, securing 21 outs and delivering a masterful performance.

Toth, the right-handed ace, fanned 17 batters, allowed just one hit, and kept the Bucks scoreless over seven innings, though she did issue five walks. Her dominance set the tone for Canfield’s victory.

The Cardinals struck first in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a clutch single from Leah Figueroa after a gritty 7-pitch at-bat. This early run gave Canfield the momentum they needed.

In the circle for the Bucks, freshman Lilly Young put up a fight, surrendering four hits and three runs over six innings while racking up eight strikeouts and six walks.

Figueroa was the driving force in the lineup for Canfield, knocking in two runs and going 2-for-3 on the day. Macey Kalina went 1-2 with 1 RBI, and a walk. Toth showed patience at the plate as well, drawing two walks. The Cardinals displayed a disciplined approach overall, collecting six walks. Defensively, they were rock solid, with no errors, and Figueroa was a standout with 17 chances in the field.

For the Bucks, Kwynn Czerwony managed one hit in three at-bats, and Madison Lichty showed a keen eye, drawing two walks. The Bucks were patient, drawing five walks total, but couldn’t convert them into runs.

With this win, Canfield advances to the State Semifinals, where they’ll face off against Kenton Ridge on Friday at 10:00 AM at Firestone Stadium in Akron.

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