July 26, 2014

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Elyria drops nemesis

ELYRIA — The dynasty might not be over, but it was derailed for a year.
Elyria will send an 11-12 girls team to the Little League state finals for the first time since 2001. Elyria defeated an old nemesis, Tallmadge, 7-1 to win the District 3 championship Tuesday at Vic Janowicz Park.
“This is a big hurdle for us,” Elyria manager Len Howser said. “I think we have won the 11-12 tournament once in 15 years, and Tallmadge is usually the reason why.”
The hitting of Alanna Williams and Holly Howser, the pitching of Alyssa Barker and the glove work of all players helped Elyria get over the hump.
“We have a great deal of confidence in our fielding,” Howser said. “It’s a combination of their natural ability and how hard they practice. They’ve all worked hard on their own in preparation for this tournament.”
Barker, who got the win, struck out only two. Elyria got 18 putouts in the field, but Barker still drew plenty of praise for her effort.
“You look at her, and you see she had fun out there,” Howser said. “Some kids really tense up during a game like this. Alyssa stayed loose. She was smiling a lot, and she kept the ball down in the strike zone. That was key to her success.”
Elyria will begin state tournament play Saturday in Bucyrus.
Elyria jumped to a 2-0 lead after an inning. Williams and Haley Looney walked to start the last half of the first before Howser rapped a double to score Williams. Looney was out at home trying to score on a wild pitch, but Howser did make it home on a second wild one.
Losing pitcher Alexis Noonen scored Tallmadge’s only run following her leadoff double in the second inning. A passed ball got Noonen to third and a wild pitch with two outs made the score 2-1.
Marie Masters led off Elyria’s third with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Williams. Howser’s single scored Masters, and Williams came home on an infield error off the bat of Darien Ward to give Elyria a 4-1 advantage.
The Elyrians broke it open in the fourth inning. Barker walked, moved up on a passed ball and a wild pitch and scored on a single by Brandie Green with one out. Patty Davis drew a walk before Williams brought in two more runs with a double.
Barker worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth. Noonen doubled again, Cassandra Jackson was hit by a pitch and Dominique McGraw reached on an error. Barker got a pair of ground balls to erase runners at the plate.
Barker faced eight batters over the final two innings. Demi DeLorenzo began Tallmadge’s fifth with a pinch-hit double. Barker then struck out Morgan Stack and Bianca DiFeo – her only strikeouts of the game – before Noonen bounced out to second.
Contact Steve Byrne at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

Elyria                    Tallmadge
    AB    R    H    BI        AB    R    H    BI
Williams    3    2    2    2    Raybuck    0    0    0    0
Looney    1    0    0    0    DeLorenzo    1    0    1    0
Howser    3    1    2    2    Stack    3    0    0    0
Ward    3    0    1    0    DiFeo    3    0    0    0
Yonkings    1    0    0    0    Noonen    3    1    2    0
Oehlke    2    0    0    0    Knutty    3    0    0    0
Barker    2    1    0    0    Jackson    2    0    1    0
Lansberry    1    0    0    0    Fritz    1    0    0    0
Roseboro    1    0    0    0    Matheson    1    0    0    0
Green    3    1    1    1    Blatt    2    0    0    0
Masters    1    1    0    0    McGraw    1    0    0    0
Davis    0    1    0    0    Scherzing    2    0    0    0
Weese    1    0    0    0    Harris    1    0    0    0               
                   
Totals    22    7    6    5    Totals    23    1    4    0
Elyria    202    300    —    7    6    1
Tallmadge    010    000    —    1    4    2
2B – Noonen 2, Howser, Williams, DeLorenzo. SB – Raybuck. LOB – Elyria 3, Tallmadge 7. DP – None. SAC – Stack.
    IP    R    ER    H    BB    SO
Elyria
Barker (W)     6    1    1    4    3    2
Tallmadge
Noonen (L)    6    7    6    6    6    5
HBP – Jackson (by Barker).