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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.



WARREN OH- Despite facing adversity early in her high school career, Gabby Gradishar has emerged as a towering figure in Champion’s softball landscape. Hindered by a knee injury that sidelined her during her freshman year, this is just her second season gracing the varsity field. Yet, her impact has been nothing short of remarkable.

Gradishar’s dominance in the pitcher’s circle is a testament to her unparalleled talent. Despite the limited sample size in the Champion uniform, she has showcased her prowess, leaving batters in awe and opponents in dismay. Her journey is not just about overcoming obstacles; it’s about rewriting the narrative of resilience and determination.

Drawing from the experience of last season, Gradishar has become a beacon of leadership for her team. The memory of reaching the regional final serves as fuel, propelling them forward in their quest to secure a coveted spot in the state semifinal. For Gradishar, every pitch, every inning is a chance to inch closer to that ultimate goal.

Statistically, Gradishar’s dominance speaks volumes. With an ERA of 0.78, she has asserted herself as one of the most formidable pitchers in the area. Her impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio is a testament to her precision and control, instilling fear in the hearts of opposing batters with every windup.

But Gradishar’s impact extends beyond the pitcher’s circle. As a key component of the Flashes’ lineup, her offensive prowess is equally formidable. With a batting average of .647, coupled with 5 home runs and 14 RBI, she’s not just a threat on the mound; she’s a force to be reckoned with at the plate.

For Gradishar, committing to play college softball at the Division 1 level is the culmination of a lifelong dream. Her journey from adversity to triumph serves as inspiration to aspiring softball players everywhere. With her commitment to Penn State, she’s not just securing her future; she’s cementing her legacy as one of Champion’s finest.

In the grand tapestry of Champion softball, Gabby Gradishar isn’t just a player; she’s a symbol of perseverance, determination, and unwavering passion. As she continues to etch her name into the annals of the sport, one thing remains clear: the legend of Gabby Gradishar is just beginning.

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WARREN OH- The anticipation to see Champion softball’s Gabby Gradishar has been building to the point of explosion.  The sophomore came in to last year with a ton of hype, but unfortunately an injury took away her freshman campaign, and our opportunity to watch her work.  Making her sophomore season a defecto freshman year at least experience wise on the varsity field hasnt slowed Gabby down one bit.  She has absolutely lives up the the legendary billing that was given to her before she started her high school career.

Gradishar contributes a ton in both the circle, and the batter’s box.  As a pitcher, Gabby has already thrown 2 no hitters on the season.  In 37 innings pitched this season Gradishar has racked up a 5-1 record with a sub 1 ERA.  She has an incredible 77 K and just 1 BB.  She’s only given up 4 earned runs so far.  On offense early on in the season Gabby is batting .731.  With 6 doubles and 2 HR Gradishar has knocked in 10 RBI.

Gabby was kind enough to take some time to join YSN’s Anthony Hartwig to talk about her softball skills.  They chat about missing freshman year and what was learned through that experience, her mentality in the circle, and so much more. Check out the latest Champion Softball Player Profile only on YSN.

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