May 27, 2016

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Softball: Medina’s Jen Sansonette gets clutch hit

NORTON — Jen Sansonette knows exactly what she hit Wednesday to break open a tie game and ignite the Medina softball team to an 8-2 victory over Brunswick in the Barberton Division I District title game.

It was an ugly, greenish ball, silly.

Jen Sansonette

“I never have any idea what pitch I hit,” a smiling Sansonette said. “I just look for the ball and hit it.”

See ball, hit ball worked out great for the senior in the bottom of the fifth, when she lined a two-run single past Brunswick third baseman Bri Bentler to put the Bees up 4-2.

“I just wanted to hit the ball so hard,” Sansonette said. “I was happy I put it in a spot where two runs could score.”

Top-seeded Medina (22-7), which won a district crown for the second straight year, was locked in a 2-2 tie with the fifth-seeded Blue Devils (16-13) when Sansonette came to the plate with runners on first and second.

A wild pitch by Brunswick’s Syd Sherry moved Vanessa Scoarste to third and Madi Tata to second, setting the stage for Sansonette to deliver her biggest hit of the season.

“I knew it was going to be a hit,” the third baseman said. “I watched it go through, which I probably shouldn’t have.”

Medina, which got a single from Abby Knechtel to go up 2-0 in the second inning, broke the game wide open in the sixth with four more runs.

Lauren Peak, Sami Holzman, Scoarste, Jessie Holzman and Tata all came up with hits for the Bees in that inning, but Sansonette took a lot of the pressure off by giving the Bees the lead an inning earlier.

“I struck out the at-bat before,” the No. 5 hitter said of whiffing against Sherry in the third inning. “I knew she was going to bring it to me, so I had to take it somewhere.”

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