Division I (Box
Score): After finishing as state
runners-up each of the past three seasons, Elyria (29-3) claimed its
second state title by defeating Hudson 10-1.
The game was scoreless through
three and a half innings when the top-ranked Pioneers broke through
with a six-run fourth. With two outs and two runs already in,
sophomore Kristen Boros launched a grand slam to cap the scoring
flurry. Elyria tacked on four more runs in the sixth, with junior
Ashlee Stolarski having a two-run hit in the frame.
Senior Tess Sito hurled a
two-hitter, giving up a solo home run to junior Callie Drohan in the
sixth inning. After striking out 17 hitters in Elyria’s semifinal
win, Sito fanned 11 Explorers in the championship game.
Eight of Elyria’s nine batters
had at least one hit and scored at least one run. Stolarski was the
lone Pioneer with two hits, while Boros reached base three of her
four plate appearances.
Eighth-ranked Hudson, winners
of the 2007 title, finished its season at 29-3.
Division II (Box
Score): Hamilton Ross (26-7) used a four-run fifth inning to
propel itself to a 4-2 victory over Bellville Clear Fork for the
school’s first state championship.
Clear Fork (29-5) scored on a
Ross error and sophomore Morgan Ruhl’s sacrifice fly to build a 2-0
lead in the fourth. Ross, which strung together four hits in the
first inning but did not score, finally cracked through in the
fifth. Seniors Kaitlyn Strunk and Nell Wilson both had RBI doubles,
and junior Brittany Fernandez and sophomore Gina Huff added RBI
Clear Fork put two runners
aboard in the sixth but could not score, and Fernandez set the side
down in order in the seventh for the complete game victory. She
allowed six hits and struck out five without walking anybody.
Senior Rachael Connaughton,
Fernandez and Wilson each had two hits to pace the Rams’ offense.
Clear Fork, making its first state tournament appearance since 1980,
was led by sophomore Taylor Thomas, who went 3-for-3 with a run
Both Clear Fork and Ross were
unranked in the final state poll.
Division III (Box
Score): Second-ranked Hebron Lakewood (30-4) repeated as
state champions, shutting out fifth-ranked Youngstown Ursuline
Lakewood starter Alissa
Birkhimer went the distance and allowed just four hits, striking out
nine without issuing a walk. Birkhimer, a senior, also earned the
victory in the 2008 state title game when Lakewood defeated
The Lancers did most of their
damage in the fifth, as Birkhimer helped herself with a
bases-clearing double to score three runs. A single by junior
Caitlin Houk scored another run to put Lakewood on top 4-0, and
sophomore Brayan Gault’s RBI double in the sixth accounted for
Lakewood’s fifth run.
Birkhimer set down 13 of the
last 14 hitters she faced. Ursuline junior Kasey Foley had two of
the team’s four hits in the Lady Irish’s first trip to the state
Division IV (Box
Score): Strasburg-Franklin brought home its fifth state
championship and first in 18 years as the top-ranked Lady Tigers
downed fifth-ranked Convoy Crestview 2-0.
Junior Carly Clark and
sophomore Kasey Gerber combined for the one-hit shutout. The Lady
Tigers (32-2) shut out all eight opponents they faced in the
The game was scoreless
entering the top of the seventh. Sophomore Kristen Smith hit a
one-out double and freshman Anne Dreher brought her home with a
single. After a fielder’s choice, senior Emmy Hensel’s RBI single
scored Gerber. Gerber then worked a 1-2-3 seventh to close out the
Junior Lydia Etzler had the
lone hit for the Knights (27-4), while fellow junior Chelsey Lare
threw a complete game and gave up eight hits while fanning five. The
Knights finished as runners-up for the second time (2005).