July 24, 2016

Partly cloudy

Bees stun Blue Devils

Brad Bournival
The Gazette
BRUNSWICK — Stephanie Cunningham, Karli Greene, Haley Jividen, Alexis Lee and Chelsea Obrzut will never forget their senior prom.
Not after Medina’s softball team beat fourth-seeded Brunswick 4-2 in a Barberton Division I Sectional final Friday.
With the monumental upset, the ninth-seeded Bees will now play a district semifinal today at 10 a.m. against top-seeded Copley. They might play a district final a half-hour after that and then be whisked off to the dance for the pinnacle event of their high school lives.
That means hair appointments will have to wait, as will manicures and pedicures. There are games to be played and they involve Medina softball.
“It’s going to be a busy day, but it doesn’t matter,” said Bees junior pitcher Bobbi Langlois. “It’s prom, but we just beat two really good teams (after knocking off Brecksville the day before). Today was huge.”
That was the consensus across the board for Medina as the belles of the ball diamond looked ready to play.
Mind you, the Blue Devils (11-10) had beaten the Bees (11-14) by a combined score of 14-2 in their two previous meetings this season.
“They had the intensity when they walked through the gates until the bottom of the seventh inning,” Brunswick coach Julie Salzman said. “Give them credit. They came to play. We didn’t.”
The Blue Devils jumped out to a two-run lead in the first on a two-error inning by the Bees.
In past games against Brunswick, Medina would crawl into a hole and try not to get run-ruled.
This time, the Bees bounced back with two runs in the second when pinch-hitter Madison Tata drove in Cunningham and Abby Knechtel in her first varsity at-bat.
“We really wanted it,” Medina shortstop Vanessa Scoarste said. “We came in ready to play and were more focused than other games. That (inning) really brought the team up.”
So did Langlois (6-12).
For the second game in row, the right-hander came on in relief of Greene and closed the door, going 4 2/3 innings of five-hit ball with five strikeouts against no walks.
When she needed to, Langlois dug deep, getting out of a bases-loaded situation she inherited in the third while doing the same thing in the fifth.
“She’s welcomed that added pressure,” Medina coach Jessica Toocheck said. “She’s taken it and run with it.”
Brunswick found the basepaths with regularity, but scratching runs across the plate was an entirely different animal, as the Blue Devils stranded 13.
“That’s ridiculous, that’s what I’d like to say,” Salzman said. “We can’t produce one hit when we have (13) runners on?
“I don’t know what was in their heads. You’d think we’d have the intensity, but I didn’t see the fire in their eyes. I don’t know where the care was.”
Medina took the lead for good in the third when Scoarste tripled to dead center to start the frame and came home on a single by Jen Sansonette.
The squad added a run on a heady play by Scoarste in the fifth when the freshman scored on a groundball by Cunningham.
“I don’t think I’ve ever beaten them since I’ve been playing,” said Langlois, who has been on varsity for three years. “We’re so excited.”
Contact Brad Bournival at sports@medina-gazette.com.
Medina 4, Brunswick 2
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WP — Bobbi Langlois (6-12) 4 2/3 innings, 5 hits, 4 strikeouts. LP — McKenna Galloway (9-9) 7 innings 4 runs, 3 earned, 5 walks, 4 strikeouts. Medina (10-14) —Vanessa Scoarste single, triple, 2 runs. Brunswick (11-10) — Megan Dragony double; Maria Ulisses 2 singles; Nicole Hoy 2 singles.