For the first time, the North Olmsted softball team had a chance to play a regular season game on its brand-new home field March 27, and dispatched Valley Forge 15-0 in five innings.
Eagles (1-0) starting pitcher Izzy Reich was in the zone early against the Patriots (0-1), holding them to three hits. In five innings, she walked one and struck out 10.
Offensively, the Eagles exploded with 10 runs in the first inning and five more in the second. Reich helped her own cause with a 3-for-3 day at the plate, including a pair of doubles and 2 RBI. Sydney Sukenik and Gillian Gallagher also put together three-hit days, and seven different players drove in at least a run.
North Olmsted will host Westlake on Thursday at 4:45 p.m., travel to Vermilion on Friday for a 4:45 p.m. first pitch, then return home Saturday to host Berea-Midpark at 11 a.m.
Cardinals dominate softball opener
Leah Musall tossed a complete-game one-hitter as the Brookside softball team opened its season at home with a decisive 22-0 win over Lorain on March 27.
In five innings of work, Musall threw 48 of her 69 total pitches for strikes, didn’t walk a batter and struck out 12. At the plate, the Cardinals (1-0) were led by third basemen Faye Clark, who went 4-for-4 with a grand slam and two doubles and racked up 8 RBI. Haley Towbridge went 3-4 with a double and 4 RBI.
Rockets split games in Columbus
Bay’s baseball team opened its season in Columbus on March 27 and returned home 1-1.
In their first game of the day at Bishop Watterson, the Rockets carried a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but the Eagles rallied for two runs on a Ryan Rudzinski single to take the lead and eventually win, 4-3.
The Rockets took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a Ryan Nolan grounder, then scored again in the sixth on an Andrew Chesterfield RBI single.
Rockets reliever Tony Buttari took the loss after giving up the deciding two runs, both unearned, on three hits in the sixth. Jay Rinehart got the start and went five frames, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out six.
Bay rebounded with a 5-3 win over Thomas Worthington. This time, they trailed 3-2 entering the fourth, but scored a run in three straight innings to gain the advantage.
Batting cleanup, Rinehart went 3-4 with a homer, a double and finished with 2 RBI. Chesterfield and Aidan Bozak also knocked in a run apiece.
Starter Cody Devos was credited with the win after four innings. He allowed three runs on three hits and three walks, while also striking out three. Aiden Cseh pitched three scoreless innings to earn the save.
Bay will head to Brookside today for a 4:30 p.m. start, then host Parma in a Great Lakes Conference showdown on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Warriors open with shutout
The Fairview baseball team earned a 10-0 season-opening win over Brooklyn on March 27 at Bohlken Park.
Starting pitcher Ben Leslie came up big in the five-inning contest, striking out 10 Hurricanes and scattering three hits. Offensively, the Warriors (1-0) scored twice in the first two innings, then added three runs in both the fourth and fifth to trigger the run-rule.
Catcher Tyler Danburg led the Warriors at the plate with a 3-for-3 day and a run scored. First baseman Jack Burke went 2-3, including a two-run single in the bottom of the first that gave his team the lead for good.
Fairview is scheduled to welcome Lakewood on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., followed by Columbiana on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Lacrosse teams scoring big
Combined, the Magnificat and Avon girls lacrosse ended the weekend 7-0 with big scoring disparities.
The Blue Streaks beat visiting Toledo Notre Dame Academy 12-1 on March 27, bringing their record to 3-0. So far, they’ve outscored their competition 39-10. They’ll host Kenston on April 13 at 7 p.m.
The Eagles pushed their hot start to 4-0 March 27 with a 12-7 road win at North Canton Hoover. They’ve been a high-scoring outfit so far, with 59 goals against 25 allowed. They’ll host Olmsted Falls in a Northern Ohio Lacrosse League matchup on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Avon senior Kiley Williams announced on March 27 that she will continue her basketball career at the next level at NCAA Division III Trine University, located in Angola, Ind.