November 23, 2014

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H.S. Softball: Keystone crushes 2 foes, goes 3-0 in Prebis Memorial Classic

Keystone senior DH Nicole Neri connects on the first home run of her high school career Saturday in a 13-1 win over Bishop Hartley. The ’Cats also beat Mentor 11-1. CHRISTY LEGEZA / CHRONICLE

Keystone senior DH Nicole Neri connects on the first home run of her high school career Saturday in a 13-1 win over Bishop Hartley. The ’Cats also beat Mentor 11-1. CHRISTY LEGEZA / CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone outscored two opponents 24-2 Saturday to steal the spotlight in the Prebis Memorial Classic it hosts annually.

The second-ranked Wildcats (16-2) drilled Columbus Bishop Hartley 13-1 in their morning opener with an 11-hit attack and a seven-strikeout five-hitter by freshman pitcher Lauren Shaw.

The young Wildcats came back with an 11-1 rout of Division I Mentor in an afternoon matchup at LaGrange Community Park.

Senior pitcher Emily Cornish struck out six to remain unbeaten (7-0). The Wildcats launched three home runs, one each by freshmen McKenah Peters and Sammie Stefan, and sophomore Summer Constable.

And Midview, which lost its Friday game, bounced back with two victories Saturday.

The Middies (12-3) got a walk-off RBI from Cassie Haight in a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Sylvania Southview in their morning opener. They mercy-ruled South Range of the Youngstown area 12-0 in the afternoon.

Senior shortstop Amanda Beursken homered in each game, her seventh and eighth of the year.

Keystone struck early against Hartley.

The Wildcats scored six runs on five hits, including senior Nicole Neri’s first varsity home run, in the first inning.

Neri’s shot was a fence-clearing, two-run blast to straightaway center field. They also got doubles by freshman Sammie Stefan and sophomore Destiny Weber.

Constable doubled to lead off the Wildcats’ three-run second inning, and they added two runs each in the third and fourth innings.

Neri enjoyed her first career homer.

“It just felt amazing,” she said. “It felt good to get it in the Prebis Memorial, too. She threw me what I think was a curveball that didn’t break. It was a middle-out and that’s the catcher in me. It felt like it was gone. I was hoping it was. Before today, I never knew how it felt. But it felt good.”

Contact Bob Daniels at 329-7135 or softball@bobdaniels.info.

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