August 2, 2014

Medina
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Softball: Bees give Pioneers fits before falling

ELYRIA — Medina’s softball team gave Elyria a mighty scare Wednesday.

The Bees, however, faltered in the last two innings and lost 7-6 to the state’s second-ranked Division I team in Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division action.

Bobbi Langlois

Bobbi Langlois

The game was originally scheduled for Medina, but the Bees’ diamond was too muddy, so it was switched to Elyria. The Pioneers (13-4, 5-1) batted first as the visiting team.

The Bees (7-9, 3-4) led 5-1 behind the pitching of Bobbi Langlois (3-8) going into the sixth inning and appeared headed for the win. The Pioneers had only one hit and their lone run was unearned.

But then Elyria rallied with three runs in the sixth, sparked by a two-run homer by Melanie Woodard, and added three more in the seventh on three doubles, including one by pitcher Kristen Boros (12-4) to drive in the winning run.

But then Elyria rallied with three runs in the sixth, sparked by a two-run homer by Melanie Woodard, and added three more in the seventh on three doubles, including one by pitcher Kristen Boros (12-4) to drive in the winning run.

Medina didn’t quit, however, punching across a run in the bottom of the seventh on an infield hit by Vanessa Scoarste, a single by Jen Sansonette and a fielder’s choice.

But Sansonette was stranded at second when Boros got the next three batters on two groundouts and a strikeout.

“A loss like this is really tough,” Medina coach Jessica Toocheck said. “But on the positive side, we had a lot of fight left at the end. We’ve got to keep scrambling the rest of the way this season.”

Scoarste led the Bees with three hits, including the team’s lone double. Sansonette also had three hits, while Kylee Ensign had two.

“I just kept my eye on the ball,” Scoarste said. “With our 5-1 lead, I thought we had this one all the way.”

Elyria coach Ken Fenik had lots of praise for the Bees.

“I like Medina,” he said. “They have a very good team and a great coach. I think they’ll have a lot of success in the future.”

Contact Jerry Rombach at sports@medina-gazette.com.