December 22, 2014

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Softball: Lightning kicks off OGSO district tournament with a win

Lorain Xplosion’s McKenzie Barricklow slides safely into home in front of Sheffield Magic pitcher Sarah Torres on Monday night. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

Lorain Xplosion’s McKenzie Barricklow slides safely into home in front of Sheffield Magic pitcher Sarah Torres on Monday night. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — The Wellington Lightning entered the opening round of the Class A Ohio Girls Softball Organization district tournament Monday with an unblemished record. Pitcher Payton Regal made sure their winning ways continued.

Regal pitched a no-hitter, striking out 13 as the Lightning (13-0) defeated the Lorain Dirt Devils 11-1 at Wellington Community Park.

Regal was so dominant she only needed nine pitches to retire the Dirt Devils in both the fourth and sixth innings.

“I was able to throw change-ups and fastballs tonight and get strikes,” said Regal, who also scored all the way from second on an overthrow from the catcher back to the pitcher in the fifth inning. “I was excited and nervous before the game, but I just concentrated on the things I do well like running bases and that helped me stay focused.”

Wellington manager Angie Lance said the players’ hard work is paying dividends as the team hopes to make a deep tournament run.

“These girls have worked hard all season and have been practicing since January, so they deserve these wins,” Lance said. “We started a little slow tonight, but the girls rebounded and played really strong at the end of the game. Next time out I hope we start strong and end strong.”

Sophomore Brooke Noss scored three runs for Wellington, the third of which came when she scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning to invoke the 10-run mercy rule.

“I think we played really good in the field and we did an excellent job base running,” Noss said. “Base running is important in the tournament because we need to score as many runs as possible. We know everybody wants to beat us, but that just makes us work harder.”

Wellington will play the South Amherst Mini Bullets tonight in the Class A semifinals.

Hershey’s scooped

Jasmine Willis struck out 13 as Grafton Scoop defeated Keystone Hershey’s 17-3 in five innings in Class A action.

Grafton Scoop (10-4) scored five runs in each of the first two innings to build an early 10-2 lead.

“We’ve been scoring a lot of runs so we expected to do well today,” shortstop Katarina Yates said. “I was just worried about not striking out. We practice a lot so it’s got us ready for when we are playing the game.”

Grafton took advantage of almost every Keystone miscue and overthrow with its aggressive base running.

“Jasmine pitched a great game and the bats came alive for us,” Grafton Scoop manager Kevin Yates said. “We played well in the
field, but it was our base running that really stood out. We’ve been working on being aggressive on the base path since the girls were in Farm. They like to get out there and get at it and we let ’em.”

Willis seemed to get stronger as the game progressed, striking out the final five Keystone hitters to end the game.

“I was pushing off when I threw tonight and that made my fastball better,” Willis said. “I also threw some change-ups.

“It made my happy when my team kept scoring. The best part of the game was that we mercy-ruled them. That is something we always want to do.”

Grafton Scoop will be back in action tonight against Buckeye.

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

Class A (9-10-year-olds)

Grafton Scoop 17, Keystone Hershey’s 3

Wellington Dukes 15, Grafton Plas Brothers 1

Columbia 7, Oberlin Storm 0 (forfeit)

Class B (11-12-year-olds)

Buckeye 7, Spencer Kostecki 0 (forfeit)

Lorain Xplosion 31, Sheffield Magic 9

Wellington Brothers Blazers 14, Grafton Unicorn 5

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