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Championship Game Recaps & Box Scores

Division I

Semifinal Game 1 Box: North Canton Hoover 5, Medina 2

Semifinal Game 2 Box: Lebanon 3, Elyria 1

Championship Game Box: North Canton Hoover 2, Lebanon 0

North Canton Hoover Wins Sixth State Title in Sixth Trip to State Tournament
Vikings shut out first-time qualifier Lebanon, 2-0

AKRON, Ohio – Top-ranked North Canton Hoover scored a run in the first and fourth innings and sophomore Tara Thacker threw a four-hit shutout to lead the Vikings to a 2-0 win over second-ranked Lebanon Saturday night in the OHSAA Division I softball state championship at Firestone Stadium.

Remarkably, the state championship for Hoover (30-3) is the school’s sixth in six trips to the state tournament. The Vikings also won titles in 2011, 2008, 2006, 1999 and 1998. Lebanon (31-1) was in the state tournament for the first time.

Thacker struck out three and walked just one to improve to 16-1 on the season.

Senior Erika Warren drove in Hoover’s first run with a single in the first inning, while sophomore Kelly Dillow’s RBI single in the fourth inning scored senior Sarah Nist, who had doubled.

Lebanon freshman pitcher Tara Trainer went the distance for the Warriors, striking out six and walking three while allowing just five hits.

Division II

Semifinal Game 1 Box: Greenville 3, Logan Elm 0

Semifinal Game 2 Box: LaGrange Keystone 4, Poland Seminary 0

Championship Game Box: LaGrange Keystone 7, Greenville 2


LaGrange Keystone Erupts Late to Cap Perfect Season with 7-2 Win over Greenville
Wildcats take control with five runs in sixth inning to claim third state championship

AKRON, Ohio – Top-ranked and undefeated LaGrange Keystone was held in check through five innings before exploding for five runs in the top of the sixth inning and adding two more in the seventh en route to a 7-2 win over fifth-ranked Greenville Saturday in the OHSAA Division II softball state championship at Firestone Stadium.

In the Wildcats’ 13th trip to the state tournament, they take home their third title (2006, 1999) to go along with six runner-up trophies. They end the season as the state’s only undefeated team at 32-0.

Greenville (29-5) senior pitcher Ashley Hanes kept Keystone off balance in the early going and saw her offense put the first runs of the game on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning thanks to an RBI single by senior Kelly Martin and a successful break for home by senior Paige Wolter on a delayed steal at second by Martin.

But in the top of the sixth, Keystone collected five base hits and capitalized on two Greenville errors to take a 5-2 lead. Seniors Bee Shaw and Bri Buckley knocked RBI singles before senior Alyson Broschik drilled a two-run triple to give the Wildcats their first lead. Broschik then scored on an error and Keystone added two more runs an inning later on a single by Buckley and an RBI triple by sophomore Carleigh Herrington.

Keystone senior pitcher Kenzie Conrad struck out seven and walked just one to improve to 25-0 on the season.

For Greenville, Hanes did not walk or strike out a batter and only four of her seven runs allowed were earned. The Lady Waves were making their third trip to the state tournament and add a runner-up trophy to their state championship trophy from 2007.


Division III

Semifinal Game 1 Box: Bloom-Carroll 3, Milan Edison 1

Semifinal Game 2 Box: Warren Champion 6, Felicity-Franklin 4

Championship Game Box: Warren Champion 2, Bloom-Carroll 0

Warren Champion Wins Fifth State Title, Outduels Bloom-Carroll 2-0
Bloom-Carroll held hitless until seventh inning by Champion’s Lindsay Swipas

AKRON, Ohio – Warren Champion senior pitcher Lindsay Swipas took a no-hitter into the seventh inning to lead the fifth-ranked Golden Flashes to a 2-0 win over fourth-ranked Bloom-Carroll in the OHSAA Division III softball state championship game Saturday at Firestone Stadium.

It marks back-to-back titles for Champion (24-3) and now five overall (2012, 2011, 1994, 1980, 1974) in seven trips to the state tournament. Bloom-Carroll (29-4) was making its third trip to the state tournament after winning titles in their previous two appearances (2006, 2007).

Swipas (22-1) walked the bases loaded in the first inning, but escaped the jam without allowing a run and then allowed only two other base runners in the next five innings, both via walk. Bloom-Carroll senior Paige Reis led off the bottom of the seventh with a line drive single to left field to break up the no-hitter. She advanced to third on the play by an error, but Swipas notched a strikeout and two foul pop-outs to end the game.

Swipas struck out 10 and walked five in her quest to throw the third no-hitter in OHSAA state championship game history (Hope Gardner, Jeromesville Hillsdale in 1996 and Alanna Barker, Akron Springfield in 1993).

Champion scored both its runs in the top of the second inning on an RBI single by senior Alison Sorber and an RBI ground-out by junior Mackenzie Kiser. Kiser and senior Haley McAllister both had two hits for the Golden Flashes.

Division IV


Semifinal Game 1 Box: Vienna Mathews 5, Covington 3

Semifinal Game 2 Box: Convoy Crestview 8, Strasburg-Franklin 7

Championship Game Box: Convoy Crestview 6, Vienna Mathews 2

Convoy Crestview Claims Second Title, Beats Vienna Mathews 6-2
Knights win Div. IV state championship in 10th trip to Final Four

AKRON, Ohio – In their 10th trip to the OHSAA softball state tournament, the Knights of Convoy Crestview took home their second Division IV state championship trophy with a 6-2 win over Vienna Mathews Saturday at Firestone Stadium in Akron. Crestview (28-5) needed just six hits, three of which went for extra bases, and capitalized on two Mathews errors

On Thursday, the defending state champion Knights knocked off defending state champion Strasburg-Franklin in the semifinals in a rematch of their 2011 title tilt. Mathews (25-6), meanwhile, was making its first appearance in the state tournament and wraps up a season that includes a school record for wins.

Freshman pitchers went the distance for both teams. Crestview’s Terra Crowle (14-2) struck out seven, walked a batter and hit a batter and scattered four hits. Mathews’ pitcher Cheyenne Eggens (23-4) struck out 11 and walked two.

Crowle also got the offense going for the Knights with a second-inning RBI double. The Knights added two runs in the third inning when senior Taylor Springer plated two with a triple. After adding two more in the sixth, senior Maddie Etzler’s solo home run capped the scoring the for the Knights. Etzler scored three of Crestview’s six runs.

For Mathews, junior Tabby Granelly tripled and scored in the third inning and junior Olivia Rhodanze knocked an RBI single in the fourth.

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