WESTFIELD TWP. — The Barberton Division I Sectional softball opener between Kenmore and Cloverleaf was not a seven-inning thriller, but the Colts did what they had to do to win 15-0 Tuesday in five innings.
Cardinals pitcher Whitney Lee (3-7) threw 12 wild pitches that allowed several runners to advance easily.
Lee picked up the loss and allowed 11 earned runs on just seven hits. Eight Kenmore errors really hurt Lee, as she often found herself one out away from ending an inning before a fielding mishap kept the Cardinals (3-8) on the field.
Ultimately, Kenmore was outmatched at nearly every position, especially in the circle.
Cloverleaf coach John Carmigiano rested starters after two or three innings and got his bench some playing time.
He was pleased with what he saw from pitchers Sierra Pickett, Torie Craig and Kelsen Lewarchick, as the trio allowed just one hit.
“I thought it was great to get all three of them out there and get a little bit of pitching experience,” Carmigiano said. “They did a great job of shutting them down and our defense made a lot of plays when they needed to, so it was almost perfect.”
Cloverleaf pitchers were perfect until allowing a hit to start the top of the fifth inning. Lewarchick (6-8) picked up the victory, finishing the final two innings and allowing no earned runs on one hit.
Carmigiano made it a goal to get everyone into the game. His bench went a combined 1-for-6 in the third and fourth innings, including a huge two-run single by Lexxie Fowler.
“We wanted everybody to get a chance to experience, a lot of them for the first time, a tournament game,” Carmigiano said. “This was a good opportunity to give everybody a chance to step up. Hopefully, our momentum will carry us into (today’s) game with Wadsworth.”
Suburban League members Wadsworth and Cloverleaf split their season series, with the sixth-seeded Colts taking the first one 6-3 and the second-seeded Grizzlies needing late-game heroics to win 6-5 in extra innings the second time around.
“We played them tough the first two times,” Carmigiano said. “Our kids know that they have a chance to win and expect to win, so we’re going to give them everything that we can.”
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