AKRON, OH- Four runs in the first inning set the tone for Jonathan Alder in the OHSAA State Semi’s.  The Poland Lady Bulldogs had been comeback queens up until this point, but Adler had just enough defense to cage the Bulldogs and walk away 6-3 winners on Thursday.

Jonathan Alder scored on a home run by Jillian Jakse, a single by Cierra Clark, and a single by Caitlin Craig in the first inning, and took a commanding 4-0 lead.

Poland didn’t blink.

They responded with a pair of runs courtesy of an Ally Nittoli single to right, and Jackie Grisdale’s ground out to the pitcher.

Marlee Jacobs led the Jonathan Alder to victory on the rubber. She surrendered three runs on five hits over five innings, striking out two. April Wagner threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.

Ashley Wire took the loss for Poland. She lasted the entirety of seven innings, allowing eight hits and six runs.

Jackie Grisdale went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Poland in hits.

Jacobs led Jonathan Alder with two hits in three at bats. Jonathan Alder didn’t commit a single error in the field. Kelsey Mcdonald had nine chances in the field, the most on the team.

Congratulations to Poland on an outstanding season as they finish 29-1 on the year.  Our best wishes, and more congratulations to the seniors for the Lady Bulldogs who will serve as a foundation for the future of Poland Softball.

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