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ALL NE8 SOFTBALL SELECTIONS RELEASED

VIENNA, OH- The 2024 Spring Northeast 8 Athletic Conference (NE8) softball season celebrated the joint championship of Lakeview and South Range, both teams demonstrating exceptional skill and teamwork throughout the season. Mary Brant of Poland Seminary was honored as the Player of the Year, acknowledging her standout performance and contribution to her team’s success. Brant also won NE8 Player of the Year honors in basketball, and was a First Team selection in soccer, leaving her mark in her final year as a Bulldog.

The First Team selections highlight the top performers across various positions. Pitchers Jayli Wilt from South Range and Ava Bacon from Lakeview led their teams with impressive displays on the mound. Infielders Keira Brogan from South Range and Leanne Williams from Poland Seminary were pivotal in both defense and offense. Outfielders like Izzy Haines from Lakeview and Malina Serrano from Girard played crucial roles in maintaining strong defensive lines and contributing to their teams’ offensive strategies.

Catcher, designated hitter, and utility players such as Mackenzie Stowe from Lakeview and Leanna Boccieri from Poland Seminary showcased their versatility and were vital assets to their respective teams.

The Second Team selections also feature players who made significant impacts throughout the season. Pitchers Phoebe Rusnik of Hubbard and Olivia Horn of Poland Seminary provided reliable performances on the mound. Infielders such as Anna Aey from South Range and Lauren Komorek from Hubbard were essential in their roles, while outfielders like Hallie Capan from Lakeview and Ava Hall from Struthers strengthened their teams’ defensive efforts.

The 2024 NE8 softball season was marked by competitive spirit and outstanding individual performances, with every selected player contributing to a memorable and successful season. Congratulations to all the players for their achievements and for elevating the level of play within the Northeast 8 Athletic Conference.

**SOFTBALL**

**Team Champion(s):** Lakeview and South Range
**Player of the Year:** Mary Brant, Poland Seminary

#### FIRST TEAM SELECTIONS
– **Pitchers:**
– Jayli Wilt, South Range
– Ava Bacon, Lakeview

– **Infielders:**
– Keira Brogan, South Range
– Leanne Williams, Poland Seminary
– Gretchen Bartels, South Range
– Kennedy Bartlett, Lakeview

– **Outfielders:**
– Izzy Haines, Lakeview
– Malina Serrano, Girard
– Elliana Thompson, Poland Seminary

– **Catcher/DH/Utility:**
– Mackenzie Stowe, Lakeview
– Leanna Boccieri, Poland Seminary
– Haleigh Taylor, Hubbard

#### SECOND TEAM SELECTIONS
– **Pitchers:**
– Phoebe Rusnik, Hubbard
– Olivia Horn, Poland Seminary

– **Infielders:**
– Anna Aey, South Range
– Lauren Komorek, Hubbard
– Emma Morris, Struthers
– Kalyssa Werner, Lakeview

– **Outfielders:**
– Hallie Capan, Lakeview
– Ava Hall, Struthers
– Solena DeJesus, South Range

– **Catcher/DH/Utility:**
– Isabella Isenberg, Lakeview
– Lucia DeLuca, Niles McKinley

ALL-NE8 BASEBALL SELECTIONS RELEASED

VIENNA, OH- The 2024 Spring Northeast 8 Athletic Conference (NE8) baseball season saw outstanding performances from athletes across the region, culminating in Poland Seminary being crowned the Team Champions. Highlighting the season’s accolades, Tyler Wright from Hubbard was named the Player of the Year, a testament to his exceptional contributions on the field.

The First Team selections include a mix of skilled pitchers, infielders, and outfielders who have demonstrated their prowess throughout the season. Pitchers Tyson Tarajack from South Range and Braydon Songer from Hubbard led the mound, while infielders like Matt Paparodis of Poland Seminary and Andrew Kali of Hubbard showcased stellar defensive and offensive skills. The outfield was patrolled by talents such as Andrew Brown from Lakeview and Jacob Hayes from Poland Seminary, ensuring tight defense and explosive offensive plays.

The Second Team selections also feature notable players who have significantly contributed to their teams. Pitchers Joe Zuccaro of Poland Seminary and Cam Herrick of Girard provided reliable arms for their squads. Infielders Gabe Rusnak from Hubbard and Carmine Tukalo of Poland Seminary were instrumental in their infield plays, while outfielders like Kristopher Hrosar of Niles McKinley and Matt Boccieri of Poland Seminary added depth to their teams’ defensive lines.

The versatility and talent within the NE8 Conference were further exemplified by the selections of catchers, designated hitters, and utility players like Jaden Royal from Girard and Nathan Paolucci from Lakeview, who played crucial roles in their teams’ success.

Congratulations to all the players for their well-deserved recognition and for contributing to an exciting and competitive 2024 baseball season in the Northeast 8 Athletic Conference.

2024 Spring Northeast 8 Athletic Conference Champions / Selections

**Team Champion(s):** Poland Seminary

**Player of the Year:** Tyler Wright, Hubbard

FIRST TEAM SELECTIONS
– **Pitchers:**
– Tyson Tarajack, South Range
– Braydon Songer, Hubbard

– **Infielders:**
– Matt Paparodis, Poland Seminary
– Andrew Kali, Hubbard
– Hayden Newton, Lakeview
– Brennen Klasovsky, South Range

– **Outfielders:**
– Andrew Brown, Lakeview
– Jacob Hayes, Poland Seminary
– Joe Marsco, Girard
– Johnny Reyes, Hubbard
– Will Hynes, Girard

SECOND TEAM SELECTIONS
– **Pitchers:**
– Joe Zuccaro, Poland Seminary
– Cam Herrick, Girard

– **Infielders:**
– Gabe Rusnak, Hubbard
– Carmine Tukalo, Poland Seminary
– Landon Turner, Niles McKinley
– Michael Scavnicky, Struthers

– **Outfielders:**
– Kristopher Hrosar, Niles McKinley
– Matt Boccieri, Poland Seminary
– Tyler Wardle, South Range

– **Catcher/DH/Utility:**
– Jaden Royal, Girard
– Nathan Paolucci, Lakeview

ROCKETS SNEAK AWAY FROM GIRARD

STREETSBORO OH- Streetsboro brought the drama in their Monday showdown, snatching a last-gasp 5-4 victory from Girard in the sectional semifinals. It was a heartbreaker for Girard, who had just taken a 3-run lead in the top of the seventh, only for Streetsboro to rally with two runs in the bottom of the inning to clinch a walk-off win.

Joe Marsco and Will Hynes were on their game for Girard, each bagging multiple hits, including key knocks in the seventh that temporarily put Girard ahead. Nate Freeland also chipped in, driving in a crucial run.

On the mound, Cam Herrick delivered a solid start for Girard, throwing six innings, allowing three runs off six hits, and impressively racking up 12 strikeouts. Despite his strong performance, Streetsboro’s late rally turned the tide, showcasing their knack for clutch plays right when it counts.

IRISH OVERCOME SLOW START TO ADVANCE

BOARDMAN OH- In a thrilling sectional semifinal matchup on Tuesday, Ursuline overcame an early deficit to defeat Girard and secure a spot in the sectional finals. After trailing 2-1 through four innings, Ursuline’s offense exploded, scoring 11 runs in the next two innings to seal the victory.

Ursuline’s bats came alive when they needed them most, led by standout performances from Lilly Ditz and Savannah Patrone. Ditz went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs, while Patrone contributed with a 2-for-4 performance, driving in two runs and scoring once. Katie Koulianos also made her presence felt, adding two RBIs and a run scored to the offensive onslaught. Gia Schiavone and Arri Wendt each chipped in with key hits to fuel Ursuline’s rally.

In the circle, Ditz delivered a dominant performance, pitching six innings of stellar softball. She allowed just three hits and no earned runs while striking out four Girard batters.

Despite the loss, Girard put up a fight, with Brooklyn Broll, Destiny Flaherty, and Molly Durkin each recording hits for the Indians.

TIGERS HUNTED ON THEIR HOME TURF BY GIRARD

NEW MIDDLETOWN, OH- In a non-conference showdown, Dominic Phillips was the hero at the plate, driving in four runs to steer Girard past Springfield with an 8-2 win on Thursday. Phillips was on fire, kicking off his RBI haul with a single in the second, then hammering a double in the fourth and another in the sixth, each bringing a teammate home.

Girard got the ball rolling in the second inning with a pair of timely singles, the first from Phillips himself, putting the first run on the board. Springfield briefly caught up, tying it at two apiece in the third, thanks to Blake Jefferies’ clutch single.

But Girard wasn’t having it. They grabbed the lead right back in the fourth off another Phillips double, nudging ahead 3-2. That lead only grew as the game progressed.

Tyler Wilson was solid on the mound for Girard, allowing just two runs over six innings and striking out five. P Novak, on the other end, struggled a bit for Springfield, giving up five runs across six innings of work. Nate Freeland closed things out nicely for Girard, tossing a hitless final inning with a couple of strikeouts.

Girard’s bats were busy all game, racking up 11 hits. Alongside Phillips, Dominick Tolone, Kaiden Clare, Jaden Royal, and Freeland each had a multi-hit day, helping to keep the scoreboard ticking. They also flashed some leather, turning a crucial double play.

Springfield had its moments too, with Noah Troggio, Jefferies, and Kolten Ruark each snagging hits. Jefferies and Jackson Ensley brought in Springfield’s two runs.

Next up, Girard hosts Struthers on Monday, looking to keep their momentum going, while Springfield will look to get back on track against Mineral Ridge on Friday.

HUBBARD TAKES THE SWEEP OF GIRARD IN ONE SWOOP

By Matt Maher 


GIRARD, OH – The Eagles flew high and mighty on Thursday evening when they took down the Girard Indians not once, but twice on the Indians home field! 

 

The first game was the continuation from April 17th where Hubbard was leading 10-5 in the top of the 4th when the rain began to fall and the game had to be postponed. The Indians gave the Eagles a run for their money and got it within 3 runs thanks in part to a solo homer to left field by Kyra Bell but the Indians efforts came up short and Hubbard took game 1 10-7, Kaylee Schultz finished with 4 RBIs with Haleigh Taylor earning 3. Molly Durkin led the Indians with 2 RBIs off of 2 hits. 

 

Taylor earned the win for Hubbard with 6 IP, 14 H, 7 R and 8 Ks while Schultz finished the game with 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R and 3 Ks. Durkin started the game for Girard but had 2 IP, 5 H and 6 R while Broll finished it off and earned the loss with 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R and 2 Ks.

 

The Second game saw Girard start Brooklyn Broll. Broll started the 1st inning very well with 2 straight outs on Rusnak and the soph sensation Haleigh Taylor but ran into trouble after walking Lauren Komorek. Kaylee Schultz would step up and find the RBI single to shallow right field after the walk.

 

Hubbard continued their triumph over Broll with 3 more runs in the 2nd thanks to a 2-run triple from Komorek that almost scored 3 but catcher Caylee Wilkes was able to tag out Taylor at the plate. Schultz would get that run back, however, with an RBI single to left that brought home Komorek.

 

The Eagles blasted the fictitious roof off the place when they scored an impressive 9 runs in the 3rd. The inning started with 3 straight fielding errors followed by a Kamryn Johnson 2-run single. Rusnak brought in another with a double and then Taylor found her first RBI with a single. A run came across to score on a wild pitch during Komorek’s at bat and she would follow suit with a double. Schultz and Gregory scored in 2 more runs and a wild pitch would top off the inning for Hubbard. The Indians made a pitching change right before Haleigh Taylor and called on Abby Iceman to finish the inning.

 

3 more runs scored in the 4th with an RBI double from Rusnak and another from Taylor and then a 4th RBI single for Schultz. Iceman would finally settle in and retire the Eagles in order come the 5th and even found the Indians forts K of the game. Broll finished with 2 IP, 8 H, 9 R and 2 BB while Iceman finished with 3 IP, 11 H 7 R and 1 K.

 

The Eagles started Kaylee Schultz and boy oh boy was she good! She retired the Indians in 3 batters in 4 Innings and only gave up 2 hits! The Eagles stud also earned 7 Ks in her and her team’s huge victory. 

 

The Indians had momentum coming in after finishing the first game in the series right before but couldn’t build off of it thanks to the spectacular pitching and hitting from Kaylee Schultz who was easily this games MVP! The Eagles (11-9, 5-5) will be home on Monday May 6th to take on the Niles red Dragons at 5 and 6:30PM while the Indians (6-11, 2-8) will be in Youngstown on Tuesday May 7th when they take on the Ursuline Fighting Irish at 5PM.

GIRARD GATHERS A CONFERENCE SWEEP

GIRARD OH- Girard showcased their dominance on Tuesday night as they claimed the season sweep of Niles with a resounding 20-0 blowout win over the Dragons.

The Girard offense was firing on all cylinders, with multiple players contributing to the scoring barrage. Kristina Olesky led the way, going 2 for 3 at the plate with 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Malina Serrano, Kylie Carpenter, Molly Durkin, and Kyra Bell also had standout performances, each driving in multiple runs and crossing the plate themselves. Caylee Wilkes added to the offensive onslaught with 2 hits and an RBI.

In the circle, Brooklyn Broll was nearly untouchable, pitching a complete game shutout. Broll allowed just 1 hit over 4 innings while striking out an impressive 8 batters and issuing no walks.

GIRARD EMPHATICALLY SWEEPS THE DRAGONS

By Matt Maher


GIRARD, OH – The Indians showed up in a big way on Tuesday evening when they played division rival Niles at home. Dom Talone threw 5 good innings for Girard on his way to an earned win against the Red Dragons with his team scoring 10 and Niles only putting 4 past him.

 

As mentioned Talone got the nod for the Indians and had some trouble at the start when he gave up a leadoff walk to Kristopher Hrosar. Hrosar would come around to score when Landon Turner grounded into a fielder’s choice that could have been a double play if not for Kaiden Clare’s throw to first going out of reach for Nate Freelnad. 

 

The Red Dragons went in order in the 2nd with Talone earning his 4th and 5th Ks of the night. Niles would strike back with 2 more runs in the 3rd thanks to a RBI double from AJ Yost and a sac fly to center from the bat of Turner. Talone would sit the Dragons down 1-2-3 in the 4th, give up the 4th run in the 5th to a Brixton Gilmour RBI single and would retire the Red Dragons in order in the 6th to end his night. Tyler Wilson would relieve Talone for the 7th where he showed complete control over the Dragons, striking out a pair on the way to the win.

 

Talone finished with 6.0 IP, 4 R, 5 H and 9 Ks while Wilson finished with 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H and 2 Ks.

 

On the other side it was Kristopher Hrosar who would throw a complete game for Niles. The Indians would get to him early after a leadoff walk from Will Haynes and later a sac fly from Zach Ward. Hrosar retired the side on 3 batters in the 2nd earning his 1st K of the night but would falter in the 3rd where Girard put up 4 runs to take the lead. The Inning started with Joe Marco being hit by a pitch and the dominoes started to fall from there with Haynes digging out a RBI triple (the Indians first hit) immediately after, Ward earning an RBI bunt single, Clare driving in a run with a single and Dom Phillips getting one more in off of a fielder’s choice.

 

The Indians would get another run in the 4th thanks to yet another RBI from Haynes, this time a single up the middle. Hrosar would gain some control in the 5th with no runs allowed and no hits to accompany. The Indians would take total control in the 6th after another leadoff walk, this time to Marsco, and Haynes bringing him home once more with an RBI double. A fielding error would allow Haynes to score next and eventually Dom Phillips would drive in the next 2 off of a hard and far hit single. 

 

Despite the score, Hrosar looked very calm and confident on the mound all game and threw a lot of very nice pitches. Hrosar finished with 7 IP, 10 R 7 H and 3 Ks.

 

This game marked the end of the regular season series between these two division foes and both teams look onward as Niles (3-11, 1-9) will head out to Chaney on May 1st at 5PM while the Indians (9-10, 5-5) will travel to Springfield on May 2nd at 5PM.

GIRARD HAS MORE THAN ENOUGH OFFENSE

GIRARD OH- In a high-scoring showdown on Monday, Girard showcased their offensive firepower with a resounding 26-10 victory over Niles. From the first pitch to the final out, Girard’s hitters proved unstoppable, putting on an offensive clinic that left their opponents struggling to keep up.

Leading the charge for Girard was Caylee Wilkes, who went 5 for 6 at the plate, driving in 5 runs and crossing the plate 5 times herself. Destiny Flaherty and Malina Serrano were also forces to be reckoned with, each tallying 4 hits and contributing multiple RBIs and runs scored. Kyra Bell and Kylie Carpenter added to the onslaught with their own impressive performances, combining for 7 hits, 8 RBIs, and 6 runs scored. Even Molly Durkin, despite having fewer at-bats, made her presence felt with 2 RBIs, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored.

In the circle, Abby Iceman delivered a solid performance for Girard, pitching all 7 innings and striking out 11 batters. Though she allowed 9 hits and 6 earned runs, her commanding presence kept Niles’ offense at bay, allowing Girard’s bats to do the rest.

Despite the loss, Niles showed some offensive spark of their own, led by Kennedy Bartell and Isabella Rexroad, each contributing 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Lucia DeLuca also had a strong showing, tallying 3 hits and crossing the plate twice.

GIRARD MAKES SHORT WORK OF DRAGONS

GIRARD, OH- The Girard Indians made quick work of McKinley, shutting them out 12-0 on Monday in a display of dominance from start to finish.

Right out of the gate, Girard got rolling when Zach Ward smashed a double and Kaiden Clare followed up with a single, each driving in a run to get things going in the first inning. Jaden Royal kept the pressure on in the second, padding the lead with an RBI single to make it 3-0.

The Indians really turned up the heat in the fourth inning, plating five runs on five hits. Joe Marsco kicked off the action with an RBI single, then a couple of errors by McKinley allowed two more runs to score. Clare and Dominic Phillips didn’t miss their chance to contribute, each adding RBI singles to the mix.

Camron Herrick was the star on the mound, snagging the win with a stellar two-hit, shutout performance over five innings, striking out six. On the flip side, McKinley’s L Turner had a rough outing, giving up eight runs (only one earned) across four innings.

The Indians’ bats were on fire, racking up 14 hits throughout the game. Ward was a major player, driving in three runs and going 2-for-4. Phillips, Marsco, Ward, Clare, and Royal all had multi-hit games, showing off a balanced offensive attack. Marsco and Royal turned up the speed too, each swiping multiple bases as part of Girard’s total of seven stolen bases.

Defensively, Girard was flawless, notching a clean sheet without a single error. Royal was everywhere, leading the team with six defensive chances.

For McKinley, Williams and Clark managed to grab a hit apiece, but it wasn’t nearly enough to spark any momentum.

Girard is set to host McKinley again on Tuesday, looking to repeat their dominant performance and keep the wins rolling.