CANFIELD OH- Weather may have dampened the JoAnn Kernan Strikeout Cancer Classic over the weekend, but that didn’t stop them from getting games in. Canfield saw a Sunday double header end up as part of their schedule. The Cardinals had all the right moves as they swept two games on the day. Their first matchup was a 2-0 pitcher’s duel against Champion, and their second game was an offensive show as their bats drove in a 12-2 win.
In the matchup between two of the premiere teams in the area, it quickly became clear that both arms in the circle came to play. Canfield got some momentum early however, as Hailey Freedy tripled with one out, and then was hit in on a RBI double from Marina Koenig. After that, Champions pitched Gabby Gradishar kept the Cardinals lineup in check. Unfortunately for her and the Flashes, Canfield’s Malena Toth was locked in.
Toth pitched the complete game and shut out the Flashes line up. She struck out 15 hitters and walked zero. 72 off Toth’s 101 pitches were strikes. Offensively not only did Koenig drive in a run, but Leah Figeuroa went 1-2 with a RBI. Bella Kennedy also went 1-2.
The final line for Gradishar in the circle was 6.0 IP 6 H 2 ER 10 K 0 BB. She also went 2-3 with a double at the plate. Bella Meyer also had a 2-3 day at the plate with a double.
After their big win over Champion, the Cardinals had a quick turnaround against Geneva. It was an opportunity for the Cardinals to show off their depth on the bench. 5 players in the lineup weren’t in the lineup for game 1. Canfield’s offense broke free in this game scoring 12 runs on the day.
Jenna Triveri set the tone at the top of the lineup going 3-3 with 4 runs scored and 2 RBI. Marina Koenig went 2-3 at the plate a pair of RBI as well. The most productive bat of the lineup was Taylor Morrison who went 2-4 with 4 RBI. Emma Campbell capped off the lineup by going 2-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.
Bella Kennedy pitched the Cardinals to victory in the circle. She went 5 innings and gave up 1 earned run on 5 hits and striking out 11.
Geneva got production out of their offense from Carmen Alvarez who went 2-2 with a RBI and a run scored. Alyssa Palmisano went 1-2 with a RBI. Bailey Evangelista went 1-1 at the plate with a run scored. She also pitched a clean inning of work.
Canfield will return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Hoban. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00. Champion will return to conference action on Monday as they host LaBrae at 5:00. Geneva will take the field again on Monday as they travel to Perry for a 4:30 first pitch.