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East Palestine, OH- The Edgewood Warriors took home a 7-2 victory over Geneva Eagles on Friday. Edgewood got on the board in the second inning when an error scored one run for Edgewood. Edgewood Varsity Warriors pulled away for good with two runs in the fourth inning.  In the fourth Luci Paolillo singled on a 0-2 count, scoring two runs. The Warriors put up four runs in the fifth inning.  The big inning was thanks to doubles by Mckenna Vencill and Sophia Paolillo and a single by Mackaylee Overly. Luci Paolillo was on the rubber for Edgewood. The righthander lasted seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out 14. Annabelle Bragg was in the circle for the Geneva Eagles. The righty lasted six innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs while striking out eight. Edgewood racked up eight hits on the day.  Overly and Luci Paolillo all had multiple hits for Edgewood Varsity Warriors.  Overly led the Warriors with three hits in three at bats. Alyssa Palmisano went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Geneva in hits.

When interviewed early in the season Edgewood Warriors head softball coach Randy Vencill knew this years group of young ladies would be special. Building off of an 8-8 2022 season that was riddled with weather cancellations and close games on both the winning and losing side the Warriors softball team had the expierience to compete this year at a high level. With returning letter winners like Mckenna Vencill, Avary Toth, Bree Melaragno, Mackaylee Overly, Gianna Ianetta, Makenna Rhodes and Sophia Paolillo the Warriors had veterans who were ready to win. Paolillo’s presence at the plate was incredible as she leads the teams in homeruns (6), OBS (0.576), and batting average (0.509).  The Warriors also looked to the youth with Freshman Luci Paolillo, Natalie Ianetta, and Addy Lamson all making huge contributions to the team this year. Luci Paolillo would be the Warriors best from the circle with the lowest ERA (3.50) on the year. Big wins throughout the year set Edgewood up for their first CVC championship since joining the conference.

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