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Lorain County softball teams go 0-for-2 in state championship games

Elyria and Columbia fell short of their ultimate goal of a state championship Saturday, with the Pioneers losing 7-0 to North Canton Hoover in Division I and the Raiders losing 3-2 to Bloom-Carroll in Division III.

Hoover (34-0) starting pitcher Tara Thacker threw a three-hitter with six strikeouts and one walk, while Elyria (27-6) starter Caitlyn Minney gave up seven hits and eight walks. It was the Vikings seventh state title -- all seven have been won since 1998 -- and it was the Pioneers' fourth state runner-up finish -- they've also won a pair of state titles -- in 10 trips to the state tournament.

Columbia (29-5) surrendered three runs to Bloom-Carroll (29-3) in the fifth inning, then scored a pair in the seventh and had the tying run on second base with one out before a strikeout and fly out to center field ended the rally.

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