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RAVENNA OH- They say a season isn’t a sprint, it is a marathon. They don’t say that too often about a single game. However on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Ravenna, Ursuline and Tuslaw found themselves in a battle of wills that went 13 innings. Tuslaw battled back from trailing twice in extras, the second time they broke through for a walk off 4-3 win breaking the hearts of the Irish.

Much like in Wednesday’s regional semifinal against South Range, Tuslaw scored in their first trip to the plate. Kylie Mazzocca came up with a 2 out RBI single that scored Macaira Fox who walked to lead off the game.  However, unlike their game against South Range the Mustangs were unable to continue to tack on runs as the game went on. Paige Ogden kept them quiet for the next 8 innings. They wouldn’t score again until the 9th.

Ursuline tied up the game at 1-1 in the 4th as Layni  Bednar hit an infield single to score Mia Opalick. The pitcher’s duel continued through extras. In the 9th inning, Ursuline took a 2-1 lead as Katie Koulianos singled home Liza Barbato.  However, Tuslaw opened up their half of the 9th with a single, and then an error. It put runners on 1st and 3rd with no one out. After a strikeout, Camryn Kiefer hit into a fielder’s choice to Bednar who tried to get the out at home to no avail. The Mustangs would strand two more runners though to keep the game going.

Fans would have to wait until the 13th inning to see more scoring as Maddie Miklandric mashed the first pitch of the frame over the wall to give Ursuline another lead in extras 3-2.  The Mustangs never said die.  After the first two batters got out, Mazzocca came up with a two out double, she would move over and then score the tying run on a wild pitch ball 4.  Tuslaw catcher Miriam Peterson would come to the plate with the game winning run on 2nd. She hadn’t had a hit all day, but she took a 0-2 pitch opposite field into right for a walk off single to win the game.

Paige Ogden finished her amazing senior season with a gutsy 11 innings of work in the circle. She gave up 1 earned run on 4 hits and struck out 18 while only walking 2.  She threw 156 pitches on the day before being relieved by Opalick. Opalick went 1.2 IP and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and striking out 3.

Meredith Rankl went the distance for Tuslaw. 13.0 IP giving up 11 hits but just 3 earned runs. She struck out 5 and walked none.  She threw 142 pitches.


RAVENNA OH- It is never east to get through tournament play. South Range learned that lesson the tough way on Wednesday as they fell to Tuslaw in the regional semifinals 6-1. As the game developed the Raiders put plenty of traffic on the base paths. Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t get that big hit with runners on. Tuslaw did just that and slowly built their lead on their way to a 6-1 victory.

Juli Stachowicz was responsible for the only run of the game with a solo home run. She was 1-3.  Jayli Wilt went 1-2 on the day.  Kelly Szolek also went 1-2. Raegan Irons walked twice, and Jamie Feren was hit by a pitch.

Sam Susany got the start in the circle. She went 5.2 IP and gave up 3 earned runs on 7 hits.  She struck out 5.

South Range ends their season with a record of 22-7. They graduate Raegan Irons and Taylor Smesko from the varsity roster.


AUSTINTOWN OH- It was a pitchers duel in the circle on Tuesday night, as a couple undefeated softball teams in The Austintown Fitch Falcons and The Tuslaw Mustangs squared off. 

The battle in the circle was between Cleveland State commit Meredith Rankl and freshman superstar, “The Untouchable” Sydnie Watts.

A scoreless tie was broken in the bottom of the 4th inning when Maddy Taylor (3) and Sydnie Watts (5) swatted back-to-back home runs off the first two pitches to start the inning. 

The 2-0 lead was cut in half in the top of the 6th, when The Mustangs raced home with a run off a wild pitch by Watts. 

Ali Foley came up big for The Falcons in the bottom half of the inning. Plating a run off an RBI double to make it 3-1.

A score in which The Falcons never looked back from, defeating some of Massillons best, by a final score of 3-1. Stretching their record to a perfect 10-0 on the season.

The loss was the first for Tuslaw, as their record drops to 3-1 on the campaign. 

Watts struck out 14 in her performance, pushing her season total to 125. However, Player of The Game honors went to Falcons senior Maddy Taylor.

Hitting a big fly to break a scoreless tie generated enough momentum for Fitch to help propel them to double digits in victories. 

The win will keep the red hot Falcons warm as the head south for spring break! Looking to lock horns with some great competition in Myrtle Beach, the memories shared on the trip will last a lifetime.

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

Postgame Interview With Steve Ward

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Bree Kohler threw a shutout and knocked in 2 RBI to lead South Range past Tuslaw 2-0 on Thursday. Kohler broke the South Range season RBI record now standing at 62 on the year.

The pitching was strong on both sides. Kohler struck out 13, while Tuslaw pitchers sat down six.

One bright spot for Tuslaw was a double by Meredith Rankl in the first inning.

Kohler was credited with the victory for South Range. The righthander lasted seven innings, allowing five hits and zero runs while striking out 13 and walking zero.

Rankl took the loss for Tuslaw. The pitcher lasted four innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out four and walking one.

South Range socked one home run on the day. Kohler went yard in the third inning.

Madison Dado led the Raiders with two hits in three at bats.

Rankl went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Tuslaw in hits.

South Range advances to the regional final to square off with Ursuline. That game will be held at YSU Softball Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00.

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