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WE ARE IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS

By DJ Yokley

COLUMBIANA, OH- There’s a scene in the series finale of NBC’s The Office where the happy-go-lucky, musically-inclined character, Andy Bernard mentions “I wish there was a way to know you’re” in the Good Old Days before you’ve actually left them.”

For sports in Northeast Ohio: They’re here, folks.

You see, the good old days are not just felt with wins and losses, they’re parlayed with competitive balance (not the OHSAA kind,) with a dash of generational talents, incredible coaches, knowledgable fan-bases, and an opportunity to be seen by more than just those in their community.

The last decade in this region has put our area back on the map.  While we’ve patiently awaited manufacturers to come back, and jobs have come and gone- our sports have shined through.  Our area of the state has a hunger for sports like no other- and not just when the trees lose their leaves.  We all know and bow down to football, but it’s fact that there are more of our student-athletes playing on a diamond at the next level than any other sport.  You look at this time of year, and our tiny place on the map we call home has representatives at all four different levels competing to win championships, our boys aren’t far behind.

I’m not taking anything away from players of yesteryear- they’re all being enshrined in halls all over for the work they did, but they were at a disadvantage with who could see them, and who heard their name called throughout the year.  Simply put, nobody told the fans, the coaches, the media, or the players that those moments were the best we’d have until their kid’s names were on the backs of jerseys.

It’d be a tragedy to see that happen again in this region.

In 2022, we witnessed what we felt was impossible when Canfield and South Range struck gold in back-to-back games in the OHSAA State Championship.  We’ve seen the return of high expectations for Ursuline football and basketball, and the championship story continues for Warren JFK in nearly every sport they compete in.  Fitch, Canfield, and South Range return to the states where we saw Austintown Fitch battle their way to a 2023 title, and look to repeat again.  Champion continues to be a household name in most circles thanks to Hall of Fame Coach, Cheryl Weaver.  We’ve seen other sports like soccer,  bowling, and lacrosse really truly excel including Howland’s soccer run was one we may never witness again.  Boardman’s State Bowling Title this year.  Archbishop Hoban Boys Basketball ending the draught in hoops with a gold trophy, and another great run the following year.  West Branch and Salem girls basketball of the last few years have been remarkable with the superior talent on the court and on the sidelines.

We’re sending over 100 athletes to Dayton this weekend to compete for championship(s) for their respective schools in track and field.  Absolutely unheard of.

I know I’m missing teams, and the list does certainly go on.

While most people play schools from the MAC, and need new shorts- its OUR teams that never waiver, and bring the best games to those teams.  Sometimes we win, sometimes we learn, but my point is that it takes two to tango in today’s day and age, and while that particular conference to the West has a fair share of titles, it’s understanding in the back of their mind that they’ll see our school’s on the other side of the bracket that keeps the dynasty talk muffled.

Our talent is significantly better than it’s ever been- and before all you Summer Joe Torre’s start barking about travel ball- my estimation is the work that is done in the offseason is the biggest difference-maker for these teams.  Studies show a direct correlation between understanding the game better, knowing their bodies better, and simply training and playing multiple sports boost student-athletes in several categories.  The days of specialization are done, or are at least reserved for the elite (no, sadly that’s probably not you.) With the construction of indoor facilities like Athletix in Columbiana popping up, athletes have scientific data to get better and aren’t just working hard, they understand strengths and weaknesses, and attack them with their own data- and the last decade has shown technology if used in the proper context, instead of a carnival game- excels those who participate regularly.

Surely, some doubters will tell us about “how soft” this generation of athletes are with wanting to look good, to feel good, to play good.  However, just remember those bicycle shorts you used to think made you look officially like a coach on the sidelines.

We are sending more student-athletes to college than ever before.  More skilled tradesmen and women than ever before.  This is the era this area has been salivating for a generous helping and a big thank you is owed to sports.

This particular generation over the last decade has proved our area’s work ethic.  In the open sea of college recruiting in today’s era, coaches would rather fish in the murky waters of a portal than the clean springs of high schools.  Loyalty is rare in college sports, the athletes will put something on tape and will jump to the next best opportunity for them and their families.  I don’t blame them, and I would never judge- but it just seals the deal for me that high school and amateur sports are one of the last things that we can hold sacred in sports.

This area, while fiercely competitive, gets it.

We pull for the teams that continue even though our team didn’t.  We either show up or tune in to watch this area succeed with that glimmer of hope and maybe a misty eye when the final score is posted.

We understand that when COVID killed our sports seasons, it was more important than ever to become creative at home and perhaps get a golf club into the student-athletes’ hands for the first time.  Not to mention the first major events back to a somewhat normal level?  Sports.

This area continues to excel in all levels of sports, not just because we’re good.  It’s because in some cases, these memories we create now are the only ways to restore the flames of what once was.

A story.

A picture.

A memento.

Paying homage.

As I prepare and reflect on the potential these next 2 weeks of competition could bring to the area, I wish ALL the teams well- bring home the gold, enjoy every moment, and cherish every memory.

These are the good old days, folks.  I’m here to tell you.

ALL SMILES ON THE MARINA

CANFIELD OH- When you step onto the field at Canfield, there’s an unmistakable energy, a palpable joy that radiates through the team. At the center of it all is junior shortstop Marina Koenig. Her infectious positivity has breathed new life into the Cardinals’ softball program, making her not just a player but the spirit that keeps the team thriving.

This season, Koenig has embraced a bigger leadership role as an upperclassman, stepping up with grace and determination. She’s the kind of teammate who always finds the right words to lift spirits, the first to cheer on a big play, and the last to let anyone’s head hang low. Her encouragement is as reliable as her glove, making her presence invaluable on and off the field.

Speaking of her glove, Koenig has showcased her skills in spectacular fashion this season. As the Cardinals’ starting shortstop, she makes almost every play that comes her way look effortless. Her fielding percentage sits at an impressive .952, a testament to her consistency and skill. But it’s her high softball IQ that truly sets her apart, leading the infield with a strategic mind that keeps opponents on their toes.

At the plate, Koenig has continued to develop into a formidable force. This year, she’s added some serious pop to her bat, making her a dynamic threat every time she steps up. With a .330 average, three home runs, and 17 RBIs, she’s proven her worth. Adding to her impressive stats are seven doubles, three triples, and she leads the team in runs scored with 30.

Koenig’s contributions are a massive reason why Canfield is heading back to the State Semifinals for the second consecutive year. Her leadership, skill, and unwavering spirit have the Cardinals eyeing the big trophy with a hunger that’s more intense than ever. Marina Koenig is not just playing the game; she’s defining it for Canfield.

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2024 SOFTBALL STATE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

AKRON OH- For the second straight season, YSN will head down to Firestone Stadium in Akron to follow three of its teams on a quest for a state title.  Each of the three teams is making a return trip to the state semifinals, and they each had different results a season ago. In Division 1 Austintown Fitch is going for a repeat state championship. In Division 2 Canfield is looking to get themselves back in the championship game falling one win short a season ago.  In Division 3 South Range is going to try to get the program back to the title round after falling in the semifinals last season.  Everyone in the area knows what makes these three YSN teams so special, but who will be standing in their way? As the games get closer, let’s take a closer look on each team’s bracket, and their path to a state championship.

DIVISION I

Semifinal 1: Austintown Fitch (21-1) vs Fairfield (23-3) Friday 3:00.
Semifinal 2: Anthony Wayne (30-1) vs Watkins Memorial (30-1) Friday 5:30.


Teams In Fitch’s Way:

Fairfield:  Fairfield has had a solid season, against a tough list of opponents.  Their program hasn’t been to this round of the playoffs in 33 years, and it wasn’t easy to get here. Fairfield won a 1-0 nail biter against Centerville (25-5).  They were lifted by their pitcher Megan Spence who tossed a 3 hit shutout in the biggest game of her life.  The junior plays for a premier travel team in the Cincinnati area (Doom Premier Towe) and sees great competition throughout the summer.  She has pretty good velocity, but her success stems from her ability to move the ball and hit her spots well.  Fairfield has six seniors on their roster, so leadership is not an issue for the Indians. Senior  Jillian Huey is a Division 1 commit going to Rio Grande to continue her softball career.  Fellow senior Abby Stanfield is continuing her softball career at Lourdes University.  Fairfield has been known all season for their ability to make comebacks, they might not always get off to a great start, but the veteran Indians will fight until the last out.

Anthony Wayne and Watkins Memorial square off in the other Division 1 semifinal. Both teams are elite programs who were both in this situation a year ago.  Fitch beat Anthony Wayne 6-1 in last year’s state championship.  Anthony Wayne beat Watkins 2-1 to get there.  The Generals have now been to 3 final fours since 2021 and have a better record than a year ago, they lost 5 games in 2023 but just 1 game this season. They feature a pitching staff that is loaded with talent.  Kat Meyers their ace is committed to Michigan to continue her softball career, and if that wasn’t enough, junior Molly Conner is committed to play at Notre Dame.  The Generals pitchers have allowed just 2 runs through their tournament run, and they’ve scored 36.

Watkins on the other hand are just as good, they lost to Anthony Wayne 2-1 in last year’s tournament.  Their pitching is the definition of shutdown.  Their team ERA is barely above 1 at 1.27, and Michigan State commit Carson Cassady has an eye popping ERA of 0.282 and over 300 strikeouts on the season.  On the offensive side Ohio commit Jordyn Wycuff is mashing this season with a team leading average of .641 with 11 home runs and 49 RBI.  Watkins has a 5 game shutout streak going on at the moment, they haven’t allowed a run since their 9-8 loss to Miamisburg (Cassady did not pitch by the way).

DIVISION II

Semifinal 1: Canfield vs Kenton Ridge Friday 10:00am

Semifinal 2: Bryan vs Logan Elm Friday 12:30.

Teams in Canfield’s Way:  

 

Kenton Ridge (28-4) won a regional championship over the favorite in the region Granville 6-2 at Wright State.  Granville beat the Cougars in last season’s regional championship.  This is Kenton Ridge’s first regional championship in 11 seasons.  In the circle the Cougars have relied on junior Kyanne Tyson all season. Tyson is great at forcing weak contact and trusting her above average defense behind her to make a play.  She can get her strikeouts, she has 111 all season, but when compared to some of the other pitchers in the state level, Tyson is much more of a contact pitcher, and she’s good at it. Her ERA on the year is 2.36 in 139 innings pitched.  Tyson is helped by her elite sophomore catcher Brenna Fyffe who does an amazing job at managing Tyson’s game, especially for an underclassmen.

Bryan (16-4).  The Golden Bears are in the middle of their best season in program history.  The were in their programs first regional final against Lexington, and the won it 4-1.  They have been led by 1st Team All State pitcher Thea Staten who only allowed 1 run in the regional round.  In the regional semifinal she went 7 innings, and struck out 12 while only giving up 2 hits.  Bryan has two seniors that have brought nothing but glory to the entire athletics room at the school. Ella Voigt and Kailee Thiel are three sport athletes that have won 5 district titles, and led multiple sports to their longest tournament run to date.  They might be in their first state round, but these seniors have plenty of experience when it comes to doing things no one at the school has done before. Between their three varsity sports, Bryan has a .816 winning percentage in the past four years.

Logan Elm (21-8) Logan Elm is coming off a 7-3 win over Dover in the Regional Finals.  This is their first state tournament birth since 2012.  The Braves six seniors were given their diplomas before the start of Friday’s regional final. Going to state is a pretty good excuse for missing commencement.  Their six seniors are Katie Wilson, Lynsay VanHoose, Kaitlin Otterbacher, Tia Fowler, Taylor Fowler and Jaycie Clifton. Taylor Fowler brings plenty of pop to the Braves lineup, and plenty of clutch. She hit a walk off three run home run with the game tied at 5-5 in the regional semifinals against premiere program Jonathan Alder.  Other players to watch are sophomore Peyton Richendollar brings speed to the team as well as plenty of softball experience playing travel for Central Ohio Pride.  She will be someone catchers must keep their eye on when she’s on the bases.  She’s a stolen base expert.

DIVISION III

Semifinal 1: Oak Harbor vs Liberty Union Thursday 3:00

Semifinal 2: South Range vs South Webster Thursday 5:30.

Teams in South Range’s Way: 

 

South Webster (25-3). South Webster might have pulled off the biggest upset the state of Ohio has seen in a long time. They went up against two time reigning state champion in Wheelersburg.  The Pirates beat South Webster twice in the regular season, both times in run rule fashion.  The Jeeps were not intimidated in the slightest, pulling off a 4-3 victory.  The Jeeps might not have been the favorite against Wheelersburg, but then again there aren’t many teams in the whole state that would have been.  The Jeeps know how to win.  Their lineup is potent. Shawnee State commit Ashlee Spence who knocked in the game winning run against the Pirates is one of the best hitters in the Jeeps region.  She also hit a walk off home run in the district championship over Ironton.  Senior outfielder Skylar Zimmerman is one of the best outfielders in the state of Ohio.  Isabella Claxon is a strong senior leader who will continue her athletic career in volleyball at Mount Vernon Nazarene.

Oak Harbor (27-2).  Oak Harbor features a D1 athlete in the circle in senior Alyse Sorg.  Sorg, who will be a swimmer at Bowling Green has mounted an ERA of 2.11. She is a spin pitcher who makes sure that hitters don’t get solid contact off of her.  In fact she’s only given up 5 home runs this year in over 600 batters faced.  She’s also only given up 23 extra bass hits.  Their offense is led by Porter Gregory who hits .538 with 33 RBI.  Oak Harbor is a team known more for their on base percentage than their power, they’ve only hit 11 home runs on the year, but they have a team on base percentage of .456.

Liberty Union (22-6).  The Lions have won 14 of their last 16 games, and come into the state semifinals on an 11 game winning streak.  Liberty Union won a high scoring 9-7 regional final against Miami East.  They’ve scored at least 6 runs in 6 straight games.  Junior Payton Hochradel is ranked 82 in the Extra Innings top 300 for outfielders.  Like many other teams in this year’s state bracket, Liberty Union is making this trip for the first time for the players on their roster. In fact, the Lions district championship over top seeded Fairbanks gave them their first district trophy since 2011.

With this group of teams stacked against each other, YSN’s coverage of the state tournament is sure to be exciting this season.  Make sure to tune in to all of YSN’s social pages Wednesday at 8:00 for the State Softball Send Off Show which will feature coaches and players from Canfield, South Range, and Austintown Fitch.

YSN would also like to wish the best of luck to Mathews who will be representing the area in the Division IV state bracket.  If the Mathews community would like the Mustangs to be a part of the YSN family, get in contact with your AD and have them reach out to us about joining the 60 plus teams that are already signed on.

CANFIELD REFUSES TO BE DENIED A TRIP TO STATE

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.

CARDINALS EARN A REPEAT TRIP TO REGIONAL FINAL

Sydney Lutz was on fire with three hits in five at-bats as the Canfield steamrolled the Aurora 12-2 in the Regional Semifinals this Wednesday. Lutz was all over the place, knocking singles in the third, fifth, and seventh innings.

The Cardinals didn’t waste any time, hitting the scoreboard first in the third inning when Malena Toth drove in a run with a single. The team caught fire in the fifth, racking up five runs on five hits. Lutz and Toth were in the thick of it, each driving in two runs, while Faith Morell chipped in with an RBI single.

The seventh inning saw the Cardinals piling on six more runs. Leah Figueroa and Caylee Ortiz both knocked in runs, a couple of errors contributed to the chaos, and Lutz again brought a runner home. Ava Millich also got in on the action with an RBI single.

In the circle, Toth was solid for the Cardinals, giving up just three hits and two runs over seven innings and striking out six. On the flip side, McKennah Metzger bore the brunt for Aurora, allowing 14 hits and 12 runs over her seven innings of work.

The Cardinals swung a hot bat all game, amassing 14 hits. Macey Kalina, Jenna Triveri, Toth, and Figueroa all had multi-hit games. Defensively, they were flawless, not dropping a single chance in the field. Marina Koenig was a standout, handling six chances.

Aurora tried to keep pace, with Lailah Bohanan knocking in both of the team’s runs. Bohanan, Metzger, and Rayna Unverferth each managed a hit. They also showed some patience at the plate, drawing five walks in total.

The Cardinals now look ahead to a showdown against Buckeye this Friday in the Regional Finals. Game time is 1:00 PM at Nordonia High School.

LUTZ TO BE EXCITED ABOUT

CANFIELD OH- As Sydney Lutz transitioned from an underclassman to an upperclassman at Canfield, she embraced the heightened responsibilities with a champion’s mindset. This shift wasn’t just about playing time; it was about stepping up as a core player on and off the field. Sydney’s journey reflects not only growth in her game but also in her ability to lead and inspire her teammates, a vital shift as she prepares to guide the Cardinals in her upcoming senior year.

Over the offseason, Sydney dedicated herself to honing her skills, showing up on the diamond day after day to improve her offense and tighten her defense. This isn’t just a hobby for Sydney; it’s a commitment. She’s all in on softball, pushing her limits and expanding her capabilities. This drive has led to noticeable improvements, making her a dual threat who’s just as likely to snag a line drive as she is to smash a key base hit.

Sydney’s approach to personal growth in softball involves setting tangible, challenging yet achievable goals. Each season, she lays out new objectives that push her skills further, ensuring she’s always reaching for the next level. This methodical goal-setting doesn’t just spur her personal development; it fosters a mindset of continual improvement that impacts her teammates as well.

On the field, Sydney is emerging as a strong leader, a role that will become even more pronounced during her senior year. She’s consciously preparing for the day when she’ll be the veteran that others look up to, taking lessons from past leaders and integrating them into her own style. Her growing leadership is evident in how she supports her teammates and keeps morale high, regardless of the game’s score.

Defensively, Sydney plays a critical role behind Canfield’s standout D1 pitcher, Malena Toth. Even when Toth is racking up strikeouts, Sydney stays alert and ready, anchoring the infield with stellar defensive plays. Her ability to remain engaged and anticipate plays, even during Toth’s dominant stretches, underlines her key role in the team’s defense.

Looking ahead to the rest of the season, Sydney and the Cardinals are laser-focused on making a return trip to the State Championship—and this time, they’re aiming to win it all. With Sydney’s leadership, hustle, and clutch performances, she’s poised to be a major factor in their quest for the title. If Canfield does claim the big trophy, there’s no doubt that Sydney Lutz will be a big reason why, proving that her blend of talent and tenacity is exactly what champions are made of.

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A WALK OFF WAS IN THE CARDS

By Ty Bartell

STRUTHERS OH- Canfield and Hubbard faced off in a postseason showdown on Monday, with the Cardinals advancing to the district finals after a dramatic 8-7 walk-off victory in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Michael Patellis started on the mound for Canfield, while Tyler Wright took the rubber for Hubbard. The Eagles took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with an RBI single by Gabe Rusnak, scoring Wright. Canfield quickly responded in the bottom of the inning when Taner Stricko got aboard with a hit and was later plated by a Zain Jadallah RBI single to tie the game at 1-1.

The Cardinals took their first lead in the bottom of the second. Stricko’s second hit of the day, an RBI single, scored Dylan Mancini, who had walked to lead off the inning. In the top of the third, uncharacteristic errors by Canfield allowed Hubbard to tie the game. Johnny Reyes hit a one-out double and scored on a misplayed ball at shortstop.

Stricko continued his clutch performance in the bottom of the fourth, delivering a two-out, two-run double to score Joey Gabriel and Enzo Cocca, giving Canfield a 4-2 lead. Hubbard narrowed the gap in the top of the fifth when Braydon Songer led off with a double and scored on a Canfield error at third, making it 4-3.

The Eagles tied the game again in the top of the sixth. A leadoff single by Matt Bobovnik and a hit-by-pitch to Kyle Burt set up first and second with no outs. Songer’s second hit of the game, a game-tying RBI single, scored Bobovnik to even the game at 4-4. Patellis regained the lead for

Canfield at 5-4 with a sacrifice fly, but Hubbard took a 6-5 lead in the top of the seventh on Geno Leshnak’s two-RBI single. In the bottom of the seventh, Canfield got the tying run aboard with a one-out single by Anthony Groner. Down to their final out and strike, Enzo Cocca delivered a game-tying RBI double to save Canfield’s season, knotting the game at 6-6 and sending it to extra innings.

In the top of the eighth, Hubbard pressured Canfield again. Back-to-back one-out singles by Wright and Reyes set the stage. Will Murphy, in relief, recorded an out before walking Rusnak to load the bases. A passed ball allowed Hubbard to take a 7-6 lead.
Patellis worked a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth, advancing to second on a wild pitch. Songer struck out a batter before walking David Murphy, with Patellis swiping third to set up runners at the corners. Songer struck out Mancini for the second out, but it would be an Anthony Groner fly ball that was misplayed to score the tying and winning runs, capping off an 8-7 win for Canfield.

The contest underscored the tenacity and grit of both squads, with Hubbard concluding their season at 17-12 after a heartbreaking defeat. Canfield (19-6) now shifts its attention to the Division II, Struthers District championship game against Ursuline (15-12) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Cene Park. Ursuline won their earlier matchup with The Cards this season, 7-4.
Stay updated with Canfield baseball on their postseason run with live games, scores, stats, stories, and more on YSN.

JUST TRY AND STOP TRIVERI

CANFIELD OH- Sophomore sensation Jenna Triveri burst onto the scene last year at Canfield, instantly making waves as a standout freshman on a softball team that powered all the way to the state finals, snagging the runner-up spot. From day one, Triveri’s dynamism and skill set her apart, helping to propel the Cardinals through a fiercely competitive season that culminated just shy of a state title.

But Jenna wasn’t about to rest on her laurels. Fired up by a stellar debut, she dedicated her off-season to pushing her limits, sharpening her skills to ensure her sophomore campaign would eclipse her first. Driven by an innate desire to excel, Triveri has worked tirelessly, transforming every facet of her game to become even more formidable on the diamond.

The road hasn’t been without its bumps, though. Over the past year, Jenna has faced down injuries from other sports, each setback a test of resilience and determination. Throughout these challenges, she’s leaned heavily on the wisdom and guidance of her coaches, drawing strength from their support to not only recover but return stronger. It’s this grit and gratitude that underscore her character, both as an athlete and a competitor.

Athletic ability runs deep in the Triveri family tree, a lineage flush with competitors. Jenna’s own sporting journey has been enriched by familial rivalries, including memorable matchups against her sister in basketball. These contests aren’t just games; they’re chapters in a family saga of sporting spirit. For Jenna, these moments are not just about competition but are cherished opportunities for bonding, drawing strength from her family’s robust support network.

Looking ahead, the hunger is real for Triveri and the Cardinals. There’s a palpable drive within the team to make a triumphant return to Firestone Stadium for the state tournament. As a crucial cog in Canfield’s lineup, Jenna’s performance will be pivotal in their quest for the championship. If the Cardinals do hoist that trophy at season’s end, there’s no doubt Jenna Triveri’s contributions will be a big part of why they got there. Her sights are set not just on personal accolades but on achieving glory together with her team.

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TOTH TOO MUCH FOR TUSLAW

MASSILLON OH- Canfield topped Tuslaw 7-1 as Malena Toth racked up career milestones, celebrating her 800th strikeout and 60th win. She dominated from the circle, tossing a 4-hitter with a whopping 16 strikeouts. Toth wasn’t just a force with her arm; she also delivered at the plate with a clutch 2-run single in the 5th.

The game kicked off with Jenna Triveri tearing around the bases for a leadoff triple, quickly scoring thanks to a Sydney Lutz single. Macey Kalina kept the momentum going, launching a 2-run homer in the 2nd to extend the lead. Faith Morell chipped in with an RBI double in the 3rd, padding the score further.

Looking ahead, Canfield is set to face Aurora in the D2 Regional Semi-finals. They’re slated to throw down at Nordonia High School on May 22nd at 2:00.

CANFIELD TAKES THE DISTRICT TROPHY HOME

By Matt Maher 


HUBBARD, OH – Oh sweet victory, something Canfield has gotten used to over the past 2 seasons and this year is no different! The Cardinals put together a fantastic defensive effort mixed with hard hitting offense and  the magic touch of Malena Toth, the Cardinals put up 6 runs and only allowed 2 in their 3rd straight district championship.

 

Melena Toth was her usual self, striking out a whopping 13 batters in a complete game! Marlington only found 3 hits in the game but, other than the 6th, they couldn’t get past more than 4 batters an inning which speaks volumes to the level the young ladies from Canfield are playing at!

 

Canfield got their offense off with a huge leadoff triple from Jenna Triveri in the 1st and she was later brought home from a sac fly by Toth to center. Back to back doubles both placed in the exact same spot between 3rd and short from Sydney Lutz and Faith Morell would score in the next 2 runs before the Dukes were able to finally stop the Cardinals for the inning.

 

The Cardinals continued to hit in the 2nd inning but Marlington pitcher Justine Doringo had a nice bounce back inning to Canfields dismay. The Cardinals picked it back up, though, in the 3rd with a leadoff double from Toth and a single from Lutz that would put runners at the corner. Morell stepped up and during her at pat the Dukes catcher, Delaney Martz, tried to throw Toth out at third but overthrew the bag and allowed Toth to tally. A groundout from Ortiz a better later would bring home Lutz. 

 

While Canfield was scoring in the first 3, Toth was fanning batters left and right with 7 straight strikeouts through the first 3 innings! Toth would tack on an 8th to end the 3rd as well and continue to look dangerous. 

 

Canfield had trouble getting past Doringo in the 4th and 5th, going down in order in back to back frames. The Dukes would strike back in the 6th after Toth sat them down in order in the 4th and 5th as well. Toth started with her 11th strikeout of the game but a base hit from Audrey Miller and a walk from Chelsea Miller would set the stage for Doringo who would get a huge 2-out, 2-run RBI single to cut the lead to 3 for Canfield. Toth would put out the flame the following batter with her 12th strikeout of the game.

 

Canfield would earn one of those runs back in the bottom of the 6th thanks to a leadoff single from Morell and a RBI single to left 2 batters later from Sami Economous. With that run the score sat at 6-2 and Marlington had 3 outs to try and break even. The 7th started with a groundout from Faith Savage followed by a walk from Grace Nase. With a runner on, Aaliyah Williams would pop out to Macey Kalina at 1st and leave it up to Zoey Maxwell with 2 down and a runner on. Toth showed no fear and struck out her final batter to end the game and earn her 13th strikeout of the game!

 

The Cardinals showed great poise and great power on both sides of the ball and as a result they earned themselves another D2 District title and move on to face an opponent yet to be determined, BUT before their next playoff game, The Cardinals will play a makeup game from the regular season against the mighty Champion Golden Flashes on Monday May 20th at 5PM, a great tuneup before the real fun begins in the OHSAA Playoffs