The Lorain County TidalWaves — playing seven games in 24 hours — finished second in the country in the NSA’s Class B World Series in Indiana.
With Bee Shaw of Keystone pitching four games on Saturday, coach Mike Conrad’s team went
9-2 for the tournament which wrapped up last weekend in northwestern Indiana. The TidalWaves finished the season 56-7.
“I can’t say enough about these girls,” Conrad said. “They hit when they had to and played great defense. They’re very strong on fundamentals and that’s the reason they were so successful.”
In addition to Shaw, members of the team are Anne Marie Kirchner, Alyson Broschk, Rachel Komar, Bri Buckley, Brittany Bowers, Ashley Klimczyk, Kenzie Conrad, Taylor Muhic, Alisha Silva and Taylor Krusinski.
Kirchner batted .543 for the tournament, Broschk .407 and the ’Waves batted .321 as a team. In the circle, Shaw was 9-1 (3-1 on Saturday), struck out 26 and posted a 3.11 earned run average. She allowed just five earned runs in 23 innings on Saturday.
Conrad was assisted in part by Keystone varsity assistant Gary Saunders, who also coached the TidalWaves 14-and-under team. He credited the work of Saunders, the former head coach at Medina Highland, with much of the team’s success.
More Waves roll in
The TidalWaves 14-U squad finished seventh out of 94 teams in its age group at the nationals last week. The team — made up entirely of Keystone district players — went 8-2 for the tournament after playing six straight games in 11 hours on the last day.
“Those kids took it to the next level, gave every ounce of energy they had,” said Saunders. “When they came off the field after that last game, we just sat down exhausted. I think we all just ran out of gas.”
The TidalWaves finished the season 27-8. Members of the squad are Lauren Wagner, Hailee Gullett, Taylor Ford, Kim Kokoski, Erin Pond, Taylor Kessinger, Kailey Summers, Alexis Sanislow, Karly Sturgill, Chelsea Schumann and Jaimee Senk.
Pond rapped 14 hits in 30 at-bats (.466) to lead the team in hitting. She was on base 20 times in 31 plate appearances. And Kessinger’s timely hitting triggered a TidalWaves surge that carried them to seven straight wins after they dropped into the losers bracket.
Saunders said the ’Waves organization will expand from two to four teams next summer. Tryouts will be held Aug. 17 at LaGrange Community Park.
Elyrians in regionals
Two teams from Elyria open play today in Little League softball regional tournaments. One is the Big League team that finished fifth in the world last summer and is playing in the Wyoming, Mich., regional. The other is a 14-and-under Junior League squad playing at Firestone Stadium in Akron.
The Big League team opens defense of its regional crown at 12:30 p.m. today against one of two Michigan teams, then comes back at 3 to face Illinois. The Elyria girls take on Indiana at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the other Michigan team at 5:30 and Wisconsin at 3 p.m. Monday.
The top two teams in pool play meet Tuesday in a best-of-three playoff. The winner goes to the Big League World Series in Kalamazoo, Mich. The series was in Kirkland, Wash., last year.
Members of the team are Kristin Sito, Tess Sito, Michelle Schmitz, Sarah Bracey, Megan Bashak, Kristin Fyffe, Brenda Taranto, Brianna Wade, Alesha Mahone, Jessica Mandula, Courtney Noster, Erin Sunagel, Amy Bally, Michaela Chenoweth, Jenny Howser and Ashlee Stolarski.
The manager is Chris Sito. The coaches are Duane Sunagel, Jack Sito and Ken Schmitz. Lorraine Taranto is the scorekeeper.
The Junior League regional in Akron is played in two five-team divisions, with the top two in each division advancing to the semifinal round on Tuesday. The Elyrians face Wisconsin at 3 p.m. today. They play Indiana at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, come back at 7:30 to play Missouri and tackle Michigan at 2:30 p.m. Monday.
Members of the team are Brittney Ault, Samantha Balmuta, Brianna Buckley, Kenzie Conrad, Alexis Cross, Alexa Delorm, Jasmin Filiaggi, Taryn Harshberger, Amelia Jackson, Dominique James, Amber Mahone, Tiffany Perkins, Erin Pond and Courtney Yun.
The manager is Pierce Burt. The coaches are Keith Buckley, Dave Jackson and Wayne Yun.
Name ring a bell?
If some of the names on North Ridgeville’s unbeaten Class B state championship team sound familiar, they should. Several girls on the OGSO team’s roster were on the 2005 squad that finished second in the state in Class A. And a few of them played together in Farm League softball when they were 8 and younger.
Although they weren’t state champs, the Lady Rangers turned heads again last summer when they finished fourth in the state in their first year at the Class B level (ages 11-12).
Under the direction of manager Mike Mytnick, this year’s edition put up a long list of gee-whiz statistics. The Lady Rangers went 23-0, outscoring opponents by a combined 292-40. In 17 regular-season games, only six went the full seven innings — the Rangers run-ruled the rest.
Also during the regular season, Ridgeville pitchers struck out 177 batters in 92 innings. Kailey DeMarco fanned 69 in 29 innings, Lexi Hamker struck out 61 in 25 innings, Cierra Mytnick fanned 31 in 19 innings and Emma Sullivan put up 16 Ks in 17 innings.
Lady Rangers’ position players are catcher Jenna Yost and infliders-outfielders Brittany Helmink, Marissa Bleich, Katelyn Mohler, Marissa Caraballo, Kylie Dawson, Rylee Kubisen, Mariah Matilla and Ashley Helmink. Mytnick batted an even .500 to lead the team. DeMarco batted .432, Brittany Helmink .422, Hamker .413 and Bleich .406.
Blaze also hot
Teresa Davis of Firelands belted two fence-clearing home runs as the Ohio Blaze finished ninth in the 94-team NSA Class B World Series in Indiana last weekend. Blaze players are from Lorain and Medina counties.
The team, coached by Paul Demyan, went 6-2 for the tournament and 29-10 for the season. Its only World Series losses were 9-8 to the fourth-place Michigan Outlaws and 2-0 to the eventual champion Indiana Red Chix.
Demyan said his team played nearly .667 softball despite having only a handful of practices during the season.
“They’re just involved in other sports and activities,” Demyan said. “The fact that they were so successful tells you just how much talent this team has.”
Joining Davis on the roster are Emily Taylor and Alexis Kaczay of Elyria Catholic; Kristen Boros and Paige Pileski, Elyria High; Grace Demyan, Ann Turner and Grace Turner of Midview; Medina’s Sydney Thomas and Cortney Wisniewski, and Gabriel Mizner and Alexa Montesano of Medina Highland.
No wonder Oberlin Action Images is an OGSO state champion for the second year in a row. Nine — count ’em — players on coach Rick Twining’s Class D champions batted over .325 for the season. Jayde Slimak led the team with 24 hits in 39 at-bats, a .615 average.
The rest of the sluggers: Brittany Daugherty .488, Kayla Jackson .473, Brianna Stevenson .452, Shaqwe Lawson .435, Kari Gerhardinger .426, Kelly Eberhardt .384, Alyssa Garcia .347 and Angela Daugherty .326. In the circle, Eberhardt was 12-1 with a 2.00 earned run average and 137 strikeouts in 84 innings. Brittany Daugherty was 6-1 with a 2.83 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 37 innings.
Know what’s scary? Jackson is going into the eighth grade and Slimak into ninth on a team for players 18-and-under.
Little Rangers wrapup
If you’ve been wondering why Ridgeville’s Class A OGSO team is also a state champion, look no further than its final season stats. No fewer than five players batted at least .400 competing at the age 9-10 level and every player on the team scored more than a dozen runs.
The heavy hitters were Samantha Skapin .531, Nicole Andrews .500, Baylee Price .490, Sarah Marsh .412 and Megan Salmeron .404. Andrews won 12 pitching decisions with 185 strikeouts in 79 innings and posted four pitching wins with 86 Ks in 41 innings.
Filling out the roster are Ruby Tanner, Anna Marie Long, Shelby Berent, Ashley Hostacky, Britney Ries and Alex Moen. The manager is Lori Andrews assisted by Mark Skapin.
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