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2014 OHSAA Softball State Tournament

Firestone Stadium, Akron
June 5-7, 2014

 

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Division II
Semifinal #1: Lima Bath 3, Tallmadge 1

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Semifinal #2: Plain City Jonathan Alder 4, Newark Licking Valley 3

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State Championship: Lima Bath 7, Plain City Jonathan Alder 2

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Lima Bath Tops Jonathan Alder 7-2 for Second State Title

 

AKRON, Ohio – A four-run second inning put Lima Bath in control and the Wildkittens cruised to a 7-2 win over Plain City Jonathan Alder Saturday in the OHSAA Division II softball state championship game at Firestone Stadium.

 

Bath (29-1) also won a state title in 2001 and was making its eighth trip to the state tournament. The previous seven had come under head coach Laura Ford, who coached current Bath first-year head coach Hannah Slavin.

 

Alder (28-2) had never won a district championship before this year, but reeled off 28 wins in a row to reach the state championship game, upsetting defending state champion Newark Licking Valley in the state semifinal.

 

Alder wasted no time getting comfortable in its first state title game appearance, as two doubles in the top of the first inning gave the Pioneers a 1-0 lead. Bath answered with two runs in the bottom of the first before its big four-run second. The Wildkittens added a run in the fifth.

 

In the circle, Bath senior Kimmy Reynolds (28-1) struck out 10 and allowed just one earned run. She added a hit and an RBI at the plate. Junior shortstop Kara Dienstberger collected three hits and two RBI. Reynolds, Dienstberger and senior Jenna Hollar all had RBIs in the fourth inning.

 

Alder sophomore pitcher Mady Watson (21-2) gave up only two earned runs in the game. She added two hits and an RBI at the plate.

 


Division I
Semifinal #1: North Canton Hoover 5, Lebanon 3

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Semifinal #2: Grove City 9, Elyria 1

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State Championship: North Canton Hoover 6, Grove City 1

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North Canton Hoover Takes Home Eighth State Championships

 

AKRON, Ohio – Third-ranked North Canton Hoover jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning over eighth-ranked Grove City and never looked back on its way to the OHSAA Division I softball state championship Saturday at Firestone Stadium. The title is the fourth in a row for the Vikings (29-3) and eighth overall. The four in a row ties the record set by Akron Springfield from 1992-95 and the eight titles is one shy of the record nine won by Springfield.

 

All eight years that Hoover has advanced to the state tournament, the Vikings have won the championship. They knocked off No. 1 ranked and undefeated Lebanon in the state semifinal Thursday.

 

Grove City (26-5) was making its seventh state tournament appearance and earns its fourth runner-up trophy to go along with one state championship (1983).

 

Hoover junior catcher Kathleen Shier went 3-for-4 with four RBI, including a three-run homer in the first inning that put the Vikings in control. Sophomore Andrew Farrah added two hits and senior Jenna Lilly drove in two runs with a double in the fourth inning. Senior pitcher Tara Thacker (26-3) struck out eight in the win.

 


Division IV
Semifinal #1: Cuyahoga Heights 6, Haviland Wayne Trace 1

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Semifinal #2: Minster 4, Bainbridge Paint Valley 3 - 10 innings

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State Championship: Cuyahoga Heights 2, Minster 1

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Cuyahoga Heights Walk Off with State Title, 2-1 Over Minster

 

AKRON, Ohio – Junior Brittany Nero’s line drive to left field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning scored junior Selena Colon for the game-winning run as Cuyahoga Heights topped Minster, 2-1, Saturday in the OHSAA Division IV softball state championship at Firestone Stadium.

 

The state title is the first for Cuyahoga Heights in any sport. The Redskins finish the year 23-3 and take home the gold trophy in their first trip to the softball state tournament.

 

Minster (27-4) was also making its first trip to the state tournament after winning its first league title, as well.

 

Both teams scored a run in the fourth inning, setting up a dramatic ending in the seventh or extra innings. In the bottom of the seventh, Cuyahoga Heights’ sophomore Samantha Rodriguez led off and reached on an error. She gave way to pinch-runner Colon, who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a ground-out. Nero then lined a 1-0 offering to left field from Minster starter Kayla Richard and Colon scampered home to end the game.

 

Cuyahoga Heights senior pitcher Meridith Chopka (21-3) struck out six and allowed just two hit in the victory. She also drove in the Redskins’ run in the fourth inning.

 

Both Minster hits were provided by junior Michaela Goettemoeller. Richard (27-4) struck out three and allowed only three hits in the loss.

 


Division III

Semifinal #1: Williamsport Westfall 4, Richwood North Union 1

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Semifinal #2: Bloom-Carroll 4, Akron Manchester 0

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State Championship: Williamsport Westfall 1, Bloom-Carroll 0 - 14 innings

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In 14 Innings, Unranked Westfall Tops No. 1 Bloom-Carroll 1-0 for State Crown

 

AKRON, Ohio – With two outs in the bottom of the 14th inning, Williamsport Westfall’s Kelsie Robinson notched her team’s first hit of the game and it resulted in a walk-off win for the Mustangs over Bloom-Carroll in the OHSAA Division III softball state championship game Saturday night at Firestone Stadium.

 

The 14 inning game is the longest in OHSAA softball tournament history. The state championship is the first for Westfall in any sport. The Mustangs, who ended the season unranked, finish the year 29-3, while No. 1 ranked Bloom-Carroll ends 28-4.

 

Bloom-Carroll was the defending state champion and was making its fifth state tournament appearance since 2006, which has resulted in two state championships and three runner-up finishes.

 

Westfall also beat No. 2 Wheelersburg in the regional final.

 

Kelly Fuchs led off the bottom of the 14th inning by reaching on an error. A sacrifice bunt got her to second before Robinson’s single through the right side brought her home to end the game.

 

Bloom-Carroll pitcher Taran Alvelo, who pitched a no-hitter in the state semifinal game, didn’t allow a hit until the game-winner in the 14th inning. She struck out 24 batters in the game, which is a state tournament record for all divisions. Alvelo threw 158 pitches.

 

Gina Rosshirt went the distance in the circle for Westfall, allowing just five hits and striking out eight. She threw 187 pitches.

 

 


 

STATE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
 

The OHSAA softball state tournament returns to Akron Firestone Stadium this weekend for the seventh-consecutive year. Only four of the 16 teams are repeat state tournament qualifiers from last year, although three of them return to Akron as defending state champions. The divisional order of play this year is Division II, I, IV and III. The OHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all 12 games and SportsTime Ohio will televise the state championship games on Saturday. The radio network is available at www.OHSAA.org and on various stations around the state.

Division II plays first this year and features all four teams that were ranked in the Top 5 of the last coaches’ poll. Tallmadge (24-3) and Lima Bath (27-1) open the tournament in grand fashion with 23 state tournament appearances between them, including the OHSAA softball record 15th appearance for Tallmadge. The Blue Devils had been tied with Strasburg-Franklin with 14 appearances each. Tallmadge owns seven state championships (two shy of state record) and Bath owns one. The second Div. II semifinal pits defending state champion and top-ranked Newark Licking Valley (27-4) against Plain City Jonathan Alder (27-1), which ended the season ranked third and is in the state tournament for the first time.

The Division I semifinals are next, beginning with three-time defending state champion North Canton Hoover (27-3) facing the state’s top-ranked team, undefeated Lebanon (32-0). Hoover owns seven titles overall and seeks to join Akron Springfield as the only schools in Ohio history with four straight state championships. Lebanon was the state runner-up in its only other “final four” appearance (2012). The second Div. I semifinal includes No. 10 Elyria (23-7) and No. 8 Grove City (25-4). Elyria, which defeated No. 2 ranked Brecksville-Broadview Heights in the regional final, fell to Hoover in last year’s state championship game but owns two state titles overall, while Grove City has played in the state championship game four times and owns one title.

The Division IV state semifinals are Friday morning and include four teams that are all making their first trip to the state tournament. Sixth-ranked Cuyahoga Heights (21-3) faces unranked Haviland Wayne Trace (22-7) in the opener, while second-ranked Minster (26-3) takes on unranked Bainbridge Paint Valley (22-8) in the second semifinal. All four teams knocked off ranked teams to advance to the state tournament. Paint Valley knocked off No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Strasburg-Franklin in the regional semifinal and No. 4 Portsmouth Notre Dame in the regional final. Minster beat No. 5 Felicity Franklin in the regional semifinal, Cuyahoga Heights beat No. 7 Windham in the regional semifinal, and Wayne Trace beat No. 3 New Riegel in the regional semifinal.

Division III includes a semifinal tilt between third-ranked Richwood North Union (21-6) and unranked Williamsport Westfall (27-3) in the opener, followed by defending state champion and top-ranked Bloom-Carroll (27-3) and unranked Akron Manchester (20-8). Westfall topped second-ranked Wheelersburg in the regional final to reach its first state tournament and faces a North Union squad that has been one of Central Ohio’s dominant teams for several decades. Bloom-Carroll has played in the state championship game the last two years, while Manchester overcame a 4-6 start to the season and topped eighth-ranked LaBrae in the regional semifinal.

 

 

2014 OHSAA Softball State Tournament Pairings

All games at Akron Firestone Stadium

Home team listed first

 

Division II

Tallmadge (24-3) vs. Lima Bath (27-1), Thursday June 5, 10 a.m.

Newark Licking Valley (27-4) vs. Plain City Jonathan Alder (27-1), Thursday, June 5, 12:30 p.m.

Div. II State Championship: Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m.

 

Division I

North Canton Hoover (27-3) vs. Lebanon (32-0), Thursday, June 5, 3 p.m.

Elyria (23-7) vs. Grove City (25-4), Thursday, June 5, 5:30 p.m.

Div. I State Championship: Saturday, June 7, 1 p.m.

 

Division IV

Cuyahoga Heights (21-3) vs. Haviland Wayne Trace (22-7), Friday, June 6, 10 a.m.

Minster (26-3) vs. Bainbridge Paint Valley (22-8), Friday, June 6, 12:30 p.m.

Div. IV State Championship: Saturday, June 7, 4 p.m.

 

Division III

Richwood North Union (21-6) vs. Williamsport Westfall (27-3), Friday, June 6, 3 p.m.

Carroll Bloom-Carroll (27-3) vs. Akron Manchester (20-8), Friday, June 6, 5:30 p.m.

Div. III State Championship: Saturday, June 7, 7 p.m.

 

 

 


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Statewide Tournament Brackets

 

2014 Softball Regional Pairings

Dates, Locations and Times Subject to Change

 

Division I

Home team listed first

Region 1 – Akron Regional

Cuy. Falls Walsh Jesuit (25-3) vs. Macedonia Nordonia (20-8) at Univ. of Akron, Wed., 5 p.m.

Mentor (8-15) vs. North Canton Hoover (24-3) at Univ. of Akron, Thurs., 5 p.m.

Regional Final: at Univ. of Akron, Saturday, noon

 

Region 2 – Clyde Regional

Oregon Clay (29-2) vs. Elyria (21-7) at Clyde HS, Wed., 5 p.m.

Brecksville-Broadview (28-2) Hts. vs. Holland Springfield (22-4) at Clyde HS, Thurs., 5 p.m.

Regional Final: at Clyde HS, Saturday, noon

 

Region 3 – Columbus Regional

Powell Olentangy Liberty (19-7) vs. Grove City (N/A) at Ohio State University, Wed., 5 p.m.

Sunbury Big Walnut (N/A) vs. Gahanna Lincoln (26-2) at Ohio State University, Thurs., 5 p.m.

Regional Final: at Ohio State University, Saturday, noon

 

Region 4 – Clayton Regional

Clayton Northmont (N/A) vs. Lebanon (N/A) at Northmont HS, Wed., 5 p.m.

Mason (21-5) vs. Fairfield (23-5) at Northmont, Thurs., 5 p.m.

Regional Final: at Northmont HS, Saturday, noon

 

Div. I State Tournament at Firestone Stadium, Akron

Region 1 vs. Region 4, Thursday, June 5, 3 p.m.

Region 2 vs. Region 3, Thursday, June 5, 5:30 p.m.

Div. I State Championship: Saturday, June 7, 1 p.m.

 

Division II

Home team listed first

Region 5 – Akron Regional

Tallmadge (22-3) vs. Poland Seminary (21-8) at Firestone Stadium, Wed., 5 p.m.

Jefferson Area (18-6) vs. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (17-4-1) at Firestone Stadium, Thurs., 3 p.m.

Regional Final: at Firestone Stadium, Saturday, noon

 

Region 6 – Bucyrus Regional

LaGrange Keystone (27-3) vs. Maumee (N/A) at Bucyrus H.S., Wed., 5 p.m.

Clyde (21-7) vs. Lima Bath (N/A) at Bucyrus H.S., Thurs., 5 p.m.

Regional Final: Bucyrus HS, Saturday, noon

 

Region 7 – Pickerington Regional

Newark Licking Valley (25-4) vs. Wintersville Indian Creek (N/A) at Pickerington HS Central, Wed., 5 p.m.

Zanesville Maysville (N/A) vs. Circleville Logan Elm (19-9) at Pickerington HS Central, Thurs., 5 p.m.

Regional Final: at Pickerington HS Central, Saturday, noon

 

Region 8 – Mason Regional

Franklin (19-7) vs. Springfield Shawnee (25-3) at Mason HS, Wed., 5 p.m.

Plain City Jonathan Alder (25-1) vs. Springfield Northwestern (28-3) at Mason HS, Thurs., 5 p.m.

Regional Final: at Mason HS, Saturday, noon

 

Div. II State Tournament at Firestone Stadium, Akron

Region 5 vs. Region 6, Thursday June 5, 10 a.m.

Region 7 vs. Region 8, Thursday, June 5, 12:30 p.m.

Div. II State Championship: Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m.

 

Division III

Home team listed first

Region 9 – Massillon Regional

Leavittsburg LaBrae (17-5) vs. Akron Manchester (N/A) at Massillon Washington HS, Wed., 5 p.m.

Independence (N/A) vs. Canfield South Range (24-5) at Massillon Washington HS, Thurs., 5 p.m.

Regional Final: at Washington HS, Saturday, noon

 

Region 10 – TBA Regional Final

Bloomdale Elmwood (N/A) vs. New London (20-5) at Fostoria HS, Wed., 5 p.m.

Carroll Bloom-Carroll (25-3) vs. Ottawa-Glandorf (20-4) at Bellefontaine HS, Wed., 5 p.m.

Regional Final: at TBA, Saturday, noon

 

Region 11 – Lancaster Regional

Sugarcreek Garaway (N/A) vs. Wheelersburg (N/A) at Lancaster HS, Wed., 5 p.m.

Wellston (N/A) vs. Williamsport Westfall (N/A) at Lancaster HS, Thurs., 5 p.m.

Regional Final: at Lancaster H.S., Saturday, noon

 

Region 12 – Fairborn Regional

Bethel-Tate (13-8) vs. Richwood North Union (N/A) at Wright State Univ., Wed., 5 p.m.

Brookville (19-9) vs. W. Milton Milton-Union (17-10) at Wright State Univ., Thurs., 5 p.m.

Regional Final: at Wright State Univ., Saturday, noon

 

Div. III State Tournament at Firestone Stadium, Akron

Region 12 vs. Region 11, Friday, June 6, 3 p.m.

Region 10 vs. Region 9, Friday, June 6, 5:30 p.m.

Div. III State Championship: Saturday, June 7, 7 p.m.

 

Division IV

Home team listed first

Region 13 – Kent Regional

Berlin Center Western Reserve (20-2) vs. Attica Seneca East (N/A) at Kent State University, Wed., 5 p.m.

Cuyahoga Heights (18-3) vs. Windham (N/A) at Kent State University, Thurs., 5 p.m.

Regional Final: at Kent State University, Saturday, noon

 

Region 14 – Findlay Regional

Haviland Wayne Trace (20-7) vs. New Riegel (25-4) at Marathon Diamonds at The Cube, Wed., 5 p.m.

Hamler Patrick Henry (N/A) vs. Kansas Lakota (18-7) at Marathon Diamonds at The Cube, Thurs., 5 p.m.

Regional Final: at The Cube & Huntington Park Arena, Saturday, noon

 

Region 15 – Pickerington Regional

Milford Center Fairbanks (N/A) vs. Portsmouth Notre Dame (22-3) at Pickerington HS Central, Wed., 5 p.m.

Strasburg-Franklin (N/A) vs. Bainbridge Paint Valley (N/A) at Pickerington HS Central, Thurs., 5 p.m.
Regional Final: at Pickerington H.S. Central, Saturday, noon

 

Region 16 – Tipp City Regional

Delaware Christian (N/A) vs. S. Charleston Southeastern (22-5) at Tippecanoe MS, Wed., 5 p.m.

Felicity-Franklin (18-2) vs. Minster (23-3) at Tippecanoe MS, Thurs., 5 p.m.

Regional Final: at Tippecanoe MS, Saturday, noon

 

Div. IV State Tournament at Firestone Stadium, Akron

Region 13 vs. Region 14, Friday, June 6, 10 a.m.

Region 16 vs. Region 15, Friday, June 6, 12:30 p.m.

Div. IV State Championship: Saturday, June 7, 4 p.m.

 

 

 

State Tournament Schedule

Thursday, June 6 - Championship Semifinals
10:00 a.m. - Division II Semifinal 1
12:30 p.m. - Division II Semifinal 2

3:00 p.m. - Division I Semifinal 1

5:30 p.m - Division I Semifinal 2
Friday, June 7 - Championship Semifinals
10:00 a.m. - Division IV Semifinal 1

12:30 p.m. - Division IV Semifinal 2

3:00 p.m. - Division III Semifinal 1

5:30 p.m - Division III Semifinal 2
Saturday, June 8 - Championship Finals
10:00 a.m. - Division II Final
1:00 p.m. - Division I Final
4:00 p.m. - Division IV Final
7:00 p.m. - Division III Final


 


 

 


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