July 23, 2014

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All-star softball: Final games fun, bittersweet

WELLINGTON — The players who spent their senior seasons guiding their teams to the state finals and to lofty state rankings had one last chance to shine Tuesday in the 27th Annual Lorain County All-Star Games at Wellington Community Park.

Elyria’s Alexis Roseboro’s RBI double led the way in the Red team’s 2-0 win over the Blue. Columbia’s Christine Lyzen led the Green offense with three hits and three runs in an 8-2 win over the Maroon.

Roseboro, who was one of seven Pioneers on the Red roster, smashed a fifth-inning double to give her team its final margin of victory.

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“It’s a sentimental night playing for the last time with the girls I’ve been playing with since I was 7,” Roseboro said. “It felt good to get that hit because I really did hit the ball well in our last two games. But everything about tonight is bittersweet because I know I’m never going to get the chance to play again with girls who have been like sisters to me.”

Elyria’s Patty Davis scored the first Red run in the third inning. Firelands’ Samantha Dostall, who led the Falcons to their first district title in school history, earned the win for the Red, while Black River’s Dagmar Smith took the loss.

The game was dominated by pitching, with the teams combining for just six hits.

With five Columbia players leading the way, the Green used a 10-hit attack to dominate Maroon.

Lorain’s Amarilys Otero singled home Lyzen to put the Green on the board in the second inning. In the fourth, it looked like the Raiders took the field as a team for one last time as four Columbia seniors — Kaley Marshall, Emma Sullivan, Nicolette Kunath and Lyzen — led off the inning by reaching base and coming around to score.

The Raiders’ other all-star, Crystal Fetchet, drove in one run as Green extended its lead to 5-0.

“It was great to play one last game and end on a good note,” Lyzen said. “We just ended our season three days ago so I think we had a little bit of an advantage over some of the girls who have had a long layoff since the end of the season.

“It was nice to share this with my teammates tonight. This time we didn’t leave the field crying. We were having fun and laughing.”

Otero and Kunath each had two hits for the Green team, Kunath’s a double and triple.

Vermilion’s Jessica Tucker pitched a complete game to get the win for the Green.

“I had a fantastic time playing this game,” she said. “I didn’t know anyone except my one teammate (AuBree LaForce) but everyone was so nice, it was really fun. I wanted to have fun tonight but I was also focused because I wanted to win my final game.”

The Maroon used the home run ball to score both of its runs. In the fifth inning, Avon Lake’s Annie Wennerberg hit an opposite-field homer that just cleared the fence in right-center. In the seventh, Oberlin’s Kaitlyn Curtis-Campbell hit an inside-the-park shot down the left-field line.

“I had two strikes and I was just swinging at whatever she threw up there,” Wennerberg said of her home run. “I thought it was an out because it honestly felt like the worst swing in my life. I swung so high but I just got really lucky. I never get tired of softball so it was good to be back out on the field.”

Wennerberg finished the night 3-for-3 and was a triple short of the cycle.

Because of a high number of seniors in the area this season, the Lorain County Softball Coaches Association, which sponsors the game, broke the players up into four teams instead of the usual two.

The Elyria Area Umpires Association is also instrumental in the staging of the annual event and four of its members — Chris Opperman, Jack Hart, Jim Mackert and Larry Krueger — volunteered their time to work the games.

Contact Todd Shapiro at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.