July 25, 2016

Mostly cloudy

Grizzlies knock out Highland

GRANGER TWP. — Wadsworth’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.
“We played two tough games and were very comp in both and this is good for the confidence,” veteran Wadsworth coach Mike Schmeltzer Sr. said.
“We’re playing with a lot of young kids and they showed they’re very competitive and they came in and played extremely hard.”
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 — 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. — 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 didn’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.

Junior varsity
Copley 10, Cloverleaf 9
COPLEY TWP. — 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.