October 21, 2014

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Softball: Bees struggle against Knights

Todd Shapiro

AKRON — There were a number of girls who showed up to Akron’s Logan Field on Sunday afternoon dressed in Medina uniforms, but once they stepped between the white lines, they looked and played nothing like the Medina softball team.

The Bees got off to a slow start and it only got worse in a 16-1, six-inning loss to Archbishop Hoban at the 2013 Spring Showcase sponsored by the Akron Racers.

Madison Loftis

Medina (8-4) played equally poor in all phases of the game, getting outhit 15-5, allowing the Knights to bat around in two innings and committing seven errors that led to six unearned runs.

“Some days you just don’t have it, and today was one of those days,” Medina coach Jessica Toocheck said. “Give Hoban credit. They hit the ball well and made plays when they needed to, but we withdrew when we should have stepped up, and that’s when teams are going to take advantage of you.

“I hope it’s a big wakeup call for the girls and that they come back ready to play going into this week.”

The Knights (8-4) scored an unearned run in the first inning on a Johanna Nicodemus RBI single, then scored two more unearned runs in the second thanks to a misplayed two-out infield pop-up. Medina scored its only run in the bottom half of the second when Madison Loftis’ RBI single scored Maria Vanadia.

The floodgates opened in the third inning, when Hoban scored six more runs due in part to three more Medina errors.

Hoban’s Kate Boylan, a junior, struck out six while scattering five hits and also helped her own cause by going 3-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored.

“Everything was working really well for me today,” she said. “My pitches were moving and I was using my screwball to get ahead in the count. A big part of our team is that everyone can hit, and it was another team effort for us today.”

After the Bees got their first two batters on base in the third inning, Boylan settled down to retire 11 of the last 14 hitters.

Junior Megan Paradise (8-3) took the loss for Medina, which finished the weekend 1-2. The Bees defeated Akron Ellet 8-4 and lost 2-1 to Pemberville Eastwood on Saturday.

Contact Todd Shapiro at sports@medina-gazette.com.