BUCYRUS — Staying alive.
The Elyria major all-stars will play another day after downing Lucasville 9-1 on Wednesday in the state tournament.
Darien Ward, who helped herself with a home run, pitched the six-inning distance, scattering four hits and fanning five. She walked three and Lucasville’s first-inning run was earned.
Elyria, which exploded for six runs in the third inning, got two hits from Alanna Williams and Brandie Green, each of whom had a double. Holly Howser, Aleix Roseboro, Haley Looney and Patty Davis each chipped in a single.
Elyria takes on Poland here today at 6 p.m. If Elyria wins, the two teams will play again Friday.
Elyria makes final
AVON — Elyria’s 10-11 year-old all-stars banged out 19 hits Wednesday in a 16-9 win over Avon to advance to the district final.
Elyria, which plays Tallmadge tonight at 6:30, must beat Tallmadge twice to advance to state. If Elyria wins tonight, it will host the final game Friday.
On Wednesday, Carlie Grunda had three hits, including two doubles, and Taylor Woods had a triple and two singles to lead the Elyria offense. Alex Nilges and Vanessa McClaine had two hits each for Elyria.
Krysten Root led Avon with a home run and a single, while Sarah Sturm also had two hits.
Elyria 013 20(10) — 16 19
Avon 123 003 — 9 7
PITCHING: (E) Riley St. Mare IP-4, H-6, R-6, BB-5, K-3; Alex Nilges IP-1, H-1, R-3, BB-1, K-0; Morgan McNulty IP-1, H-0, R-0, BB-3, K-1; (A) Rachel Poling IP-5, H-19, R-16, BB-3, K-2; Maddie Luca IP-1, H-0, R-0, BB-0, K-1.
HITTING: (E) Carlie Grunda 3 (2 2B), Taylor Woods 3 (3B), Alex Nilges 2, Vanessa McClaine 2, Marissa Briggs, Lear Karlie, Katie Shawver, Riley St. Marie, Cara Evans, Lexi Dixon (2B), Ally Barbee (2B). (A) Krysten Root 2 (HR), Sarah Sturm 2, Maddie Luca, Erin Cannon, Maggie Sullivan.