GRANGER TWP. â€” Wadsworthâ€™s softball team is back on track and Stacey Ladd continues to cruise.
Behind a stellar one-hit performance from their ace pitcher, the Grizzlies ended a two-game slide Tuesday, beating intracounty and Suburban League foe Highland 3-0.
Ladd (6-6), who pitched well in recent losses to SL powers Tallmadge and Green, allowed just a single up the middle to Katlyn Schulte. The dropball extraordinare walked none and struck out 14.
â€œWe played two tough games and were very comp in both and this is good for the confidence,â€ veteran Wadsworth coach Mike Schmeltzer Sr. said.
â€œWeâ€™re playing with a lot of young kids and they showed theyâ€™re very competitive and they came in and played extremely hard.â€
The Grizzlies, who banged out seven hits off Highland starter Gabby Mizner (1-2), were led offensively by junior second baseman Nikki Eshleman, who had a triple and two singles.
In other games:
Brunswick 3, Strongsville 0
BRUNSWICK â€” The Mustangs (9-8, 2-1) mustered just three hits off reigning Gazette MVP Emlyn Knerem and had no answer for the Blue Devils (14-3, 3-0) in this Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division game. Knerem, now 10-1 on the campaign, walked none and struck out eight. She was backed by six hits and just one error from her teammates.
Copley 4, Cloverleaf 3
WESTFIELD TWP. â€” Trying to avenge a 13-0 squashing from earlier in the season, the Colts (8-9, 2-6) nearly pulled it off but came up a tad short against the much-improved Indians (10-4, 5-3) in this SL clash. Senior shortstop Joy Grills once again led the Wondercolt attack with two singles and a run scored, while Jessie Browne (7-9), who struck out four and didnâ€™t allow an earned run in the circle, had two singles as well. Lauren Yelling roped a double and scored a run. Defense was once again the issue, as Cloverleaf committed four blunders.
Copley 10, Cloverleaf 9
COPLEY TWP. â€” The Colts dropped to 8-9, 3-5 on the campaign after losing to the Indians in this SL game. Katie Kilzer pitched six innings and struck out six. Katrina Patrick, whose sister, Amanda, is a star soccer player at Walsh University, went 2-for-5 with two runs and a RBI. Kilzer was 3-for-5 at the plate with three singles.