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ONE LAST STOP ON THE “REVENGE TOUR” FOR CANFIELD

AKRON, OH- Malena Toth was incredible on the state’s second biggest stage, striking out 13 batters as the Canfield Cardinals cruised past Kenton Ridge Cougars 3-0 on Friday afternoon. Toth gave up just one hit and didn’t allow a run over seven innings, with no walks.

Both teams had solid pitching, but Canfield’s staff was untouchable with 13 Ks, while Kenton Ridge managed four.

The Cardinals got on the board in the second when Caylee Ortiz smashed a solo homer to center. Ortiz, hitting from the eighth spot, led the way with two RBIs, going 2-for-3. Marina Koenig and Jenna Triveri also chipped in with two hits each.

Kyanne Tyson started for Kenton Ridge, giving up eight hits and three runs over seven innings, striking out four and walking three. Chloe Glass had the lone hit for the Cougars.

Canfield’s defense was flawless, with Leah Figueroa leading with 13 chances in the field.

Next up, Canfield heads to the state championship game, aiming to finish their “Revenge Tour” with a gold trophy.  The Lady Cards will play Bryan or Logan Elm at 3:30 on Saturday afternoon.

THE UNDERDOGS ARE ON THEIR WAY!

AKRON, OH- There may never have been an underdog with more bite than the South Range Lady Raider Softball team, and after Thursday night’s contest, they’re hoping the doubters kept receipts in an 11-4 triumph over South Webster in the OHSAA State Semi-Finals.

South Range jumped on the board early, with Giada Pauline’s RBI single in the first. They extended their lead in the third after an error and an Ashley Rupert single brought in runs.

South Webster tied it up in the bottom of the third with Jaiden White’s single and Bella Claxon’s double. But South Range turned it around in the fifth, exploding for five runs on six hits. Pauline’s two-run single was the highlight of the inning.

Jayli Wilt took the win for South Range, allowing seven hits and four runs over seven innings, with six strikeouts and two walks. White took the loss for South Webster, pitching all seven innings and giving up 11 runs on 19 hits, striking out four and walking none.

Keira Brogan went 3-for-5,  Brogan doubled in the first and seventh innings and singled in the fifth to set the tone for the Raiders.

South Range’s offense was on fire with 19 hits. Brogan, Pauline, and Rupert each had three hits. Pauline was especially clutch, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Anna Aey, Solena DeJesus, and Heidi Bartels also had multiple hits.

For South Webster, Bella Claxon drove in three runs, going 2-for-3 in the game.

South Range’s dominant performance at the plate and solid pitching secured their victory, clinching their spot in the Division III Title game at 12:45 Saturday against Liberty Union.

**VIEW GAME PHOTOS HERE**

ATHLETIX TO PARTNER WITH YSN

COLUMBIANA, OH- “Stream City” will have a new address in 2024.

Plans were announced yesterday between Athletix and Your Sports Network to partner together to reside on the same campus in the next 14 months.  Currently centralized in East Palestine until January 2024, YSN has made its headquarters since its first day of business in 2017 in a plaza just off the main drag in Bulldog Country.

“To be able to start any business in my hometown was a dream come true, but to draw attention, and have student-athletes, announcers, coaches, and leaders visit East Palestine over the last 5 years has been surreal,” said YSN Founder and CEO, DJ Yokley.

The Broadcast/Streaming company will funnel into the brand-new Athletix facility that boasts two top-tier structures that are equipped with the area’s best technology for athletes of all skill levels, two full-size basketball courts, an entire field of athletic turf, TopGolf Swing Suites, a batting/pitching cage, workout facilities, interactive study rooms, as well as a fully-engaged workout facility.

“This partnership is a huge win for athletes in the area with opportunities to train and compete in our state-of-the-art facilities and gain tremendous opportunities for exposure through the impressive reach of YSN,” said Athletix co-founder, Sean Wardle.  “YSN and Athletix create an amazing team that will comet together with the common goal of providing opportunities to athletes in the Mahoning Valley and beyond,” added Wardle.

With the partnership, YSN plans to add to its coverage of high school sports with leagues that occur at Athletix through live streaming, and broadcasting championship-caliber events at the facility.  “It’ll have the same look and feel as what our fans are accustomed to, but being able to focus on youth and adult leagues gives both Athletix and YSN a new demographic, and new opportunities that cannot be found anywhere else in the country.”

The Network will feature chosen tournaments and leagues to be covered via streaming, and stories/pictures for the website that will include things such as pickleball, softball, basketball, hitting leagues, golf leagues, and other sports that happen in the facility.  “The opportunities are limitless.  The growth that Columbiana has seen is remarkable, and Athletix will be a cornerstone in even more growth ahead. To be able to team up with a family cut from the same cloth, and share the same vision and goals will make both companies stronger on every front, and like always, we’ll do things ‘brick by brick’,” said Yokley.

Future plans for the partnership also include a remote studio within the facility alongside “The Home Plate” concession area, as well as a full studio and office build that will house shows such as “Audible Call” “Running Point” and “Power Hour” each weekday.  Athletes and coaches will also be interviewed at the Athletix in each respective studio space for Player Profiles and Coach’s Corners.