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WARRIORS GET REDEMPTION IN FALCONS REMATCH

Story by Larry Jennings

Jefferson, OH- In a game marked by solid execution and skill, the Edgewood Warriors secured a convincing 6-0 win against the Jefferson Area Falcons on Thursday. The Warriors demonstrated their strength and ability on the softball field throughout the matchup.

Right from the start, the Warriors asserted themselves, scoring their first run in the opening inning when McKenna Rhodes grounded out. They continued to build on their lead in the second inning, with Natalie Ianetta’s double adding to their advantage.

Pitcher Lucianna Paolillo played a significant role in Edgewood’s success, effectively limiting the Falcons’ offense. Paolillo’s precise pitching kept Jefferson to just two hits over seven innings, with two strikeouts and no walks.

Jefferson’s pitcher, Ada Sirrine, faced a tough challenge against Edgewood’s lineup. Despite her efforts, Sirrine allowed six runs, three of which were earned, on 14 hits during the game, showcasing her resilience in the face of strong opposition.

Edgewood’s offense was relentless, tallying an impressive 14 hits overall. Luciano Paolillo and Natalie Ianetta stood out with three hits each, contributing significantly to the team’s performance.

The Warriors’ offensive contributions were spread across the lineup, with multiple players driving in runs. Mackenna Rhodes, Luciano Paolillo, Natalie Ianetta, Addison Lamson, and Carly Kray each contributed an RBI, highlighting the team’s collective effort.

Although Jefferson put up a fight, they ultimately couldn’t match Edgewood’s firepower. Gianna Iannetta, McKenna Vencil, and Avery Vencil led the Warriors’ offensive efforts with multiple hits each.

With this win secured, the Edgewood Warriors turn their attention to their upcoming game against Berkshire on Friday, aiming to maintain their momentum. Meanwhile, the Jefferson Falcons will regroup as they prepare to face Howland in their next matchup.

LADY LAKERS SUFFER FIRST DEFEAT IN WALK-OFF BY MUSTANGS

Vienna, OH- In a heartbreaking finish, the Pymatuning Valley Lakers found themselves on the wrong side of a 3-2 defeat to the Mathews Mustangs on Thursday, falling victim to a walk-off hit in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Despite the loss, both teams showcased strong pitching performances. Mathews’ pitchers recorded an impressive 18 strikeouts, while the Lakers’ pitching staff managed to retire four Mathews batters.

Mathews took an early lead in the second inning when M. Hufford launched a solo home run to center field. However, the Lakers rallied in the top of the third as Nataleigh Haines delivered a clutch single, bringing in two runs and giving Pymatuning Valley the lead at 2-1.

The game took a dramatic turn in the bottom of the seventh when A. Shugart’s home run tied the score at two runs apiece. Mathews then secured the win in the bottom of the eighth.

O. Matheny earned the win for Mathews, pitching a solid eight innings and striking out 18 batters. Meanwhile, Saige Payne took the loss for the Lakers, pitching seven and one-third innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits.

Haines led the Lakers’ offensive effort with two RBIs, while leadoff hitter Allison Clark contributed three hits in four at-bats.

For Mathews, R. Paddock led the way with two hits from the leadoff position, and Newsome, Hufford, and Shugart each drove in a run.

Despite the defeat, the Lakers displayed solid defense, committing no errors throughout the game. However, Mathews’ strong pitching and timely hitting ultimately decided the outcome.

The Pymatuning Valley Lakers look to bounce back in their next game against Harding on Friday, aiming to turn the tide and secure a victory

DRAGONS FLAME OUT AGAINST HUSKIES

Ashtabula, OH- The Lakeside Dragons struggled tough challenge on Thursday, falling to the Cardinal Huskies with a final score of 7-2.

Cardinal wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, notching a run in the top of the first inning courtesy of hits from Logan Strever and Carter Tucker. They extended their lead in the third inning, with Tucker’s single pushing them ahead 5-1.

Tucker also shined on the mound for Cardinal, going the distance and securing the win. He allowed just two hits and two runs over seven strong innings, striking out eight Lakeside batters. Gage Tome stepped up in relief for the Dragons, pitching four solid innings and conceding only one earned run.

Despite the loss, Lakeside saw some bright spots in their lineup. Alex DiSalvatore and Zack Palmer each contributed with a hit, with Palmer driving in one of Lakeside’s runs. Tristan Westerfield displayed patience at the plate, drawing two walks for the Dragons. Overall, Lakeside showed discipline, earning seven walks throughout the game.

Cardinal’s offense was led by Strever and Tucker, who both collected two hits and drove in two runs each. The Huskies showcased their defensive prowess as well, committing no errors in the field.

Looking ahead, the Lakeside Dragons will aim to bounce back in their next game against the Grand Valley Mustangs on Saturday, as they strive to turn the tide and secure a victory.

ROCKETS BLAST PAST MUSTANGS

Maplewood, OH- In a closely contested battle on Thursday, the Maplewood Rockets edged past the Grand Valley Mustangs with a 3-1 victory. While both teams showcased strong pitching performances, Maplewood’s hitters found just enough firepower to secure the win.

The game kicked off with Maplewood seizing an early lead in the first inning, capitalizing on an error to score one run.

On the mound, Logan delivered a standout performance for Maplewood, going the distance and allowing only one unearned run on five hits over seven solid innings. His commanding presence included 11 strikeouts and just three walks. Meanwhile, for the Grand Valley Mustangs, Eric Ellsworth took the mound and put up a valiant effort, pitching five innings and surrendering only two earned runs on six hits, while striking out three batters.

Despite the loss, the Mustangs displayed resilience at the plate, with Trenton Murduck, John Foss, Justin Hagan, Ellsworth, and Bryce Meeker each contributing a hit to the offensive effort.

For Maplewood, Eloph emerged as a key offensive force, driving in two crucial runs. Additionally, Erwin and Clover showcased their hitting prowess with two hits apiece. Suba’s disciplined approach at the plate resulted in two walks for the Rockets, contributing to their offensive strategy. Overall, Maplewood demonstrated patience at the plate, accumulating six walks throughout the game, while Clover’s speed on the basepaths was evident with two stolen bases.

Looking ahead, the Grand Valley Mustangs will regroup and prepare for their upcoming matchup against Lakeside on Saturday, aiming to bounce back and secure a victory in their next outing.

PIRATES SINK THE SPARTANS

Conneaut, OH- The Conneaut Spartans offense struggled against an incredibly talented Perry Pirates, ultimately falling 23-1 on Thursday at CLYO.

Perry Pirates wasted no time asserting their dominance, storming ahead in the top of the first inning with a barrage of runs. Sam Tharp’s groundout kicked off the scoring, followed by a series of hits and walks that drove in multiple runs, including RBI singles by Cade Henderson and Connor D’Astolfo.

The Pirates continued to pile on the runs, extending their lead in the second and third innings with timely hits and aggressive baserunning. By the fourth inning, they had amassed an impressive seven runs on three hits, further widening the gap.

Despite their efforts, the Spartans struggled to contain the Pirates’ potent offense, with Ty Covill enduring a challenging outing on the mound.

Offensively, the Spartans managed to scratch across a lone run, with Dylan Philip driving in the solitary score. Bryce Spurlin led the team with two hits in three at-bats, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Pirates’ dominant performance.

For the Pirates, Owen McKoon stood out with a stellar performance at the plate, leading the team with four runs batted in. D’Astolfo, Henderson, and #8 also made significant contributions with multiple hits each, while Luke Sivon displayed patience at the plate with three walks.

Perry Pirates demonstrated discipline at the plate, collecting 10 walks throughout the game, while also utilizing their speed on the basepaths to steal four bases.

Defensively, the Pirates were solid, committing no errors throughout the game, with McKoon making the most plays.

With this tough loss behind them, the Conneaut Spartans will regroup and prepare for their next game at home against the Pymatuning Valley Lakers on Saturday, aiming to bounce back and secure victory on their home turf.

HERALDS OFFENSE SHARP IN WIN OVER WARRIORS

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East Ashtabula, OH- In a big time Ashtabula County matchup, the St. John Heralds emerged triumphant over the Edgewood Warriors with a hard-fought 11-7 victory on Thursday.

Will Anderson led the charge for the Heralds, delivering a stellar performance with three hits in four at-bats, including two crucial doubles and a timely single.

The Heralds wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, capitalizing on an error in the first inning to take an early lead.

However, the Warriors quickly turned the tide in the second inning, surging ahead to a 4-1 lead with a barrage of hits, including singles by Geno Measel and Zane Naylor, along with a double from Aidan Hernandez.

Undeterred, the Heralds responded emphatically in the bottom of the second, unleashing a potent offensive onslaught to score five runs on four hits, seizing a 6-4 lead. Anthony Severino’s double proved to be the highlight of the inning, driving in two crucial runs.

The Heralds continued to pile on the runs in the fourth inning, adding five more runs on three hits, with Bryson Vennitti’s double and Anderson’s timely hit contributing to their commanding lead.

On the mound, Ryan Williams showcased his pitching prowess for the Heralds, surrendering zero earned runs over six and two-thirds innings, while striking out seven batters. Aaron Wychock came in in the top of the 7th inning for closing duties throwing blazing heaters to get the final strikeout of the game.

For the Warriors, Alex Sperduto endured a challenging outing, allowing four earned runs over three and two-thirds innings.

Offensively, the Heralds amassed nine hits in the game, with Vennitti leading the charge with two hits. Anderson and Brady Cole showcased their speed on the basepaths, each stealing multiple bases, while the team collectively accumulated eight stolen bases.

Despite the loss, the Warriors displayed resilience at the plate, tallying 10 hits in the game, with Hernandez leading the charge with three hits including 3 doubles.

While the score was high this game was not without spectacular defensive plays including jaw dropping catches by the Warriors Logan Kray and the Heralds Ezra Campbell. Looking ahead, the Heralds will carry their winning momentum into their next game against Mathews on Friday, aiming to maintain their dominance on the field. Meanwhile, the Warriors will prepare for a doubleheader at home against the Harvey Red Raiders followed by the Pymatuning Valley Lakers, seeking to bounce back and secure victory in their upcoming matchups.

HERALDS 4TH INNING FIREWORKS LEAD TO WIN OVER LAKERS

Ashatbula, OH- In a thrilling showdown, the St. John Heralds emerged victorious over the Pymatuning Valley Lakers with a resounding 11-6 triumph on Tuesday. Brady Cole led the charge with a flawless performance, collecting three hits in as many at-bats, including a crucial double in the fourth inning and two timely singles.

The Lakers struck first, with Drake Haines delivering a pivotal single in the top of the first inning, putting them on the scoreboard early. However, the Heralds wasted no time responding, as Ryan Williams’ double and an error leveled the score in the bottom half of the inning.

The momentum swung decisively in favor of the Heralds in the fourth inning, as they erupted for seven runs on four hits, seizing a commanding 9-2 lead. Cole’s double proved to be the highlight of the inning, driving in three crucial runs.

Will Anderson anchored the Heralds on the mound, delivering a solid performance over five innings, surrendering just one earned run while striking out nine batters. Meanwhile, Smith started for the Lakers, enduring a challenging outing over four innings.

Offensively, the Heralds showcased their firepower with 10 hits in the game, with Anthony Severino and Williams leading the charge with multiple hits each. Severino’s speed was on full display as he swiped three bases, contributing to the Heralds’ aggressive baserunning, which resulted in six stolen bases overall.

Defensively, the Heralds executed flawlessly, turning a crucial double play to stifle any Lakers’ rally attempts.

Despite the loss, the Lakers found some success at the plate, with Wludyga driving in three runs and Haines and Ryan Croston each collecting two hits.

Looking ahead, the Heralds will carry their winning momentum into their next matchup against Badger on Wednesday, aiming to maintain their dominance on the field. As for the Lakers, they’ll hit the road to face the Chalker Wildcats, eager to bounce back and secure victory in their upcoming game.

FALCONS FLY BY WARRIORS

Photo Credit: Tanya Jean Photography

Story by Larry Jennings

East Ashtabula, OH- In a hard-fought battle on the softball diamond, the Edgewood Warriors put up a valiant effort but ultimately fell short against Jefferson Area. Despite a standout performance from Natalie Ianetta, who collected an impressive four hits in as many at-bats, the Warriors succumbed to a 12 to 5 defeat on Tuesday at Edgewood High School.

Ianetta’s stellar batting display was a beacon of hope for the Warriors, as she consistently found success at the plate throughout the game. Her contributions, including a clutch RBI, underscored her importance to the team’s offensive efforts.
Natalie Ianetta also made her presence felt, delivering a standout performance highlighted by a series of key hits. Her efforts, which included a double in the seventh inning, further bolstered the Warriors’ offensive charge.
Despite a promising start that saw the Warriors open the scoring in the bottom of the second inning, courtesy of Faith Vencil’s RBI single, Jefferson Area staged a dramatic comeback in the later stages of the game.
Jefferson’s offense exploded in the top of the fifth inning, capitalizing on opportunities to score six runs on six hits and seize a commanding 7 to 2 lead. The pivotal moment came with a double by Rylee De Mattia, driving in two crucial runs and swinging the momentum in Jefferson’s favor.
Ada Sirrine emerged as the hero for Jefferson, earning the win on the mound with a gritty performance. Despite facing pressure from the Warriors’ lineup, Sirrine  showcased resilience, allowing 11 hits and five runs over seven innings while striking out three and walking one.
On the other side, Lucianna Paolillo endured a tough outing for the Warriors, shouldering the loss after surrendering 12 runs, eight earned, on 13 hits over seven innings of play. Paolillo’s efforts were commendable, as she battled through adversity and notched an impressive 11 strikeouts.
Despite the defeat, the Warriors’ lineup displayed resilience, with Ianetta, McKenna Vencill, Paolillo, Natalie Ianetta, and Faith Vencill each driving in a run. Addison Lampson also contributed with a pair of hits, further showcasing the depth of the Warriors’ offensive arsenal.
For Jefferson, Kennidie Rogers emerged as a standout performer, leading the charge with three runs batted in from the number seven spot in the lineup. Rogers’ timely hitting, combined with contributions from players like Allison Hill, Rylee DeMattia, and Adrianna Brass, proved instrumental in securing the victory.
While Jefferson Area managed to turn one double play during the game, it was their relentless offensive onslaught that ultimately proved decisive in clinching the win.
Looking ahead, the Edgewood Warriors will aim to bounce back from this defeat as they prepare for their next challenge at Madison on Wednesday. Despite the setback, the Warriors remain determined to harness their strengths and continue their pursuit of success on the softball field.  Jefferson will be at Lakeside to take on the Dragons on Wednesday.

DRAGONS HOT AT THE PLATE IN WIN OVER WARRIORS

Story by Larry Jennings

Ashtabula, OH- In a baseball showdown characterized by offensive fireworks, the Edgewood Warriors found themselves on the wrong end of a 14 to 12 slugfest against the Lakeside Dragons on Tuesday at Edgewood Senior High School. Both teams showcased their hitting prowess, combining for an impressive total of 28 runs on 28 hits.

The Lakeside Dragons wasted no time asserting their dominance, opening the scoring in the top of the first inning courtesy of a pair of well-timed singles. Gage Tome’s RBI single set the tone for Lakeside’s explosive offensive display.
However, it was in the second inning that the Dragons truly unleashed their offensive onslaught, tallying six runs on three hits to extend their lead. Contributions from players like Zach Palmer, who delivered a clutch double, and Chase Newsome, who drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, propelled Lakeside to an early advantage.
Despite the deficit, the Edgewood Warriors refused to back down, mounting a spirited comeback effort fueled by standout performances from players like Tony Hall. Hall’s remarkable display at the plate, which included five hits and three RBIs, served as a beacon of hope for the Warriors as they battled to narrow the gap. Also contributing significantly was Zane Naylor’s performance, as he was two for four and drove in three.  Leadoff batter Aidan Hernandez was two for three and scored three runs.
In a game marked by momentum swings and offensive fireworks, both teams traded blows, with neither willing to concede defeat easily. However, it was ultimately the Lakeside Dragons who managed to maintain their edge, fending off the Warriors’ late rally to secure the hard-fought victory.
Anthony Wooten emerged as the hero for Lakeside, earning the win on the mound with a gutsy performance. Despite facing pressure from the Warriors’ lineup, Wooten showcased composure, allowing nine hits and four runs over 5 2/3 innings while striking out five and issuing no walks.
On the other side, Anthony Ciesicki endured a tough outing for the Edgewood Warriors, shouldering the loss after surrendering nine runs, only one earned, over three innings of play. Despite the challenges on the mound, Ciesicki  demonstrated resilience, striking out four batters in his efforts to keep the Warriors within striking distance.
Offensively, the Warriors put up a formidable fight, piling up 13 hits throughout the game. Aiden Hernandez and Logan Kray were among the standout performers for Edgewood, each collecting multiple hits to contribute to the team’s offensive effort.
For the Lakeside Dragons, players like Alex DiSalvatore, Dylan Newsome, and Chase Newsome led the charge, each driving in two runs to bolster their team’s offensive output. With contributions from players up and down the lineup, Lakeside showcased their depth and versatility at the plate.
Despite the loss, the Edgewood Warriors remain undeterred as they look ahead to their next challenge against Ashtabula St. John, on Thursday. Buoyed by their resilience and fighting spirit, the Warriors are determined to bounce back and return to the win column in their pursuit of success on the baseball diamond.

FALCONS LOSE A CLOSE ONE IN REMATCH WITH EAGLES

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Geneva, OH- The Jefferson Falcons found themselves in a hard-fought battle against the Geneva Eagles, ultimately falling short in a heart-wrenching 7-6 loss on Tuesday, decided in the final moments of the game. With the score knotted at six in the bottom of the seventh, Geneva’s Kean Arkenburg sealed the victory with a decisive line-out, driving in the winning run.

Geneva wasted no time setting the tone, jumping out to an early lead with a pair of singles in the bottom of the first inning, courtesy of Andrew Oros’s clutch hit.

The Eagles continued to press their advantage, extending their lead to 5-2 in the third inning thanks to a timely single by Shea Arkenburg.

Undeterred, the Falcons rallied back in the top of the fourth, leveling the score at six apiece with a crucial walk by Tate Hudson and a well-executed play off a passed ball.

However, Geneva quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth, capitalizing on a Falcons error to edge ahead 6-5.

Jefferson refused to go down without a fight, knotting the score once again in the top of the seventh, courtesy of Michael McGraw’s groundout.

Ultimately, it was Geneva’s Logan Queen who emerged as the hero, earning the win on the mound with a stellar performance, surrendering zero earned runs over three and two-thirds innings, while striking out five.

For the Falcons, Toby Dickson endured a tough outing, pitching six and two-thirds innings and allowing three earned runs on eight hits, despite his valiant effort.

Offensively, Dickson led the charge for the Falcons, going 3-for-4 at the plate, while Hudson provided crucial support with three walks.

Despite the loss, the Falcons showcased patience and discipline at the plate, accumulating seven walks throughout the game.

On the Eagles’ side, Queen, Hewitt Wilt, and Oros each collected two hits, while Arkenburg and Queen proved to be a formidable offensive duo, driving in two runs apiece.

As the Falcons regroup for their next matchup against Pymatuning Valley, they’ll look to channel their resilience and determination, aiming to bounce back and secure victory on Thursday.