December 20, 2014

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H.S. Softball: Elyria wins NOC championship with 2-0 victory over Medina

ELYRIA — Alexis Roseboro’s second-inning home run was enough for Elyria to nip Medina on Friday and win the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division title.
But to Pioneers fans, it didn’t seem like enough, given that Bees pitcher Megan Paradise was holding her own in a tense pitchers battle with Elyria’s Caitlyn Minney.
So Roseboro’s sister, Sybil, put everyone at ease when she scored on Marie Masters’ sixth-inning single, and the Pioneers went on to a 2-0 regular-season victory. The Pioneers (22-5, 9-1 NOC) defeated Medina 1-0 earlier in the season.
Elyria won its 18th conference championship in coach Ken Fenik’s 19th season.
“I think we had some great moments in that game,” Medina coach Jessica Toocheck said. “A lot of good things happened, but unfortunately not enough to get us a win.”
In the final analysis, it was Elyria’s defense and Minney’s clutch pitching that pulled the Pioneers’ fat from the fire.
Medina (20-7, 7-3 NOC) mounted a huge threat in the fifth inning. The Bees had Madison Loftis on first with two outs when Abby Knechtel laced a double into center field.
But the Pioneers’ Holly Howser played the ball quickly, hit her cutoff and Masters fired a strike to catcher Haley Looney to nail the sliding Loftis at the plate. End of threat.
“It started with Holly and she got a really good jump on the ball,” Looney said. “She hit the cut and Marie threw it right to the spot to get her. I had her by a good margin, right at the front of the (batter’s) box.”
Also, the Bees had a runner at second base with no outs in the sixth. But Minney bore down and struck out the next three batters on 15 pitches.
Alexis Roseboro faced a 1-1 count when she launched an inside fastball over the left-center-field fence in the second.
“I’ve been hitting a lot better than I was at the beginning of the year,” she said. “I just thought today, ‘I’ve got to hit a home run. It’s my last game on this field.’ I hit it for Mel (Melanie Woodard), because she hasn’t been able to play all year (because of a health problem).”
Sybil Roseboro was courtesy-running for Looney, who had singled to lead off the Elyria sixth. MacKenzie Phares sacrificed her to second, which set the table for Masters.
“Before I went out to run for Haley, they told me, ‘Base hit, you score,’ and that’s what I did,” Sybil said.
Fenik was delighted and relieved when it was over.
“That was like a state championship game,” he said. “The energy, the plays that were made. (Medina’s) defense is incredible. But obviously one of the biggest plays of the game was (the fifth-inning play at the plate). It was almost like Marie shot it out of a paintball gun and thank goodness it had red on it.”
Elyria will take on Westlake in a Division I district semifinal at 3 p.m. Tuesday at North Ridgeville High School.
Contact Bob Daniels at 329-7135 or softball@bobdaniels.info.
Elyria 2, Medina 0
Medina Elyria
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Scoarste 3 0 0 0 Looney 3 0 1 0
JHolzman 3 0 0 0 SRosebro 0 1 0 0
Tata 3 0 0 0 Phares 2 0 0 0
Vanadia 3 0 0 0 Masters 3 0 1 1
Snsonette 2 0 0 0 Davis 2 0 0 0
Peak 3 0 0 0 ARosebro 3 1 2 1
Loftis 2 0 1 0 Bachna 2 0 0 0
Knechtel 1 0 1 0 Howser 2 0 0 0
SHolzman 2 0 1 0 Minney 2 0 0 0
Paradise 0 0 0 0 KnLaseke 2 0 1 0
KiLaseke 0 0 0 0
Totals 22 0 3 0 Totals 21 2 5 2
Medina 000 000 0 — 0 3 0
Elyria 010 001 X — 2 5 0
2B—Knechtel. HR—A. Roseboro. S—Knechtel, Phares. CS—KnLaseke. LOB—Medina 2, Elyria 3.
IP H R ER BB SO
Medina
Paradise (L,16-5) 6 5 2 2 1 1
Elyria
Minney (W,17-3) 7 3 0 0 2 10
PB—Looney.