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Stow softball's offense explodes vs. Nordonia

By MICHAEL LEONARD Sports Editor Published: April 23, 2017 12:00 AM
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STOW --Stow-Munroe Falls and Nordonia softball played a pair of games that would have made former Cleveland Indians manager Mike Hargrove proud.

Both teams showed the ability to hit anywhere in the lineup and both showed off some power hitting.

Stow won 10-7 at Nordonia April 18 in a game where the two teams combined for 20 hits.

That contest turned out to be only a warm-up for the game April 19 at Weddle Park.

The second game saw Stow take a 12-6 lead after four innings, only to see the Knights rally to take a 15-12 lead in the top of the seventh inning, thanks to a grand slam by Nordonia's Lexi Maciejowski.

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Stow then rallied itself with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to make it 15-15.

It was at that point where torrential rains rolled through Stow, forcing the game to be suspended heading into the eighth inning.

Prior to the series with Nordonia, Stow dropped a 3-0 loss at Wadsworth April 17.

Stow's record stood at 5-4, 4-4 in the Suburban League National Conference as of press time.

In the April 19 game, the two team combined for 34 hits. Stow coach Doug Hawkins said there's not much in way of strategy to be had when both teams are swinging the bat that well.

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"I can't tell them all that much," Hawkins said. "I just tell them to keep hitting the ball and play defense when we can."

Stow starting pitcher Macie Bell had a day to forget, giving up nine runs (seven earned) off 11 hits with three walks in five innings of work. Clara Borsili, who relieved Bell in the fifth inning, didn't fare any better. Borsilli gave up six earned runs off six hits with one walk in two innings.

"Macie was struggling from the beginning," Hawkins said. "Lately, both pitchers have been having a hard time."

Fortunately for Stow, Nordonia starting pitcher Rachel Cornett also was off her game. In seven innings, Cornett gave up 15 runs (14 earned) off 17 Stow hits and two walks.

"The kids are hitting the ball as well as we have all year," Hawkins said.

Nordonia shelled Bell in the first inning. Maciejowski hit a deep ball to left field, which bounced off the top of the fence and over for a two-run home run. Nordonia also got an RBI single from third baseman Hannah Ours and worked a double steal to score Ours, making it 4-0 after a half inning.

Stow answered with five runs in the bottom of the first. An RBI single from Brittany Hoopingarner, a sacrifice fly from catcher Kennedi Cesnak, an RBI double from designated player Gillian Holcomb and a two-run double from right fielder Rachel Mosko made it 5-4 after one inning.

Nordonia responded in the top of the second with RBI singles from Maciejowski and right fielder Jenna Willis to make it 6-5. Maciejowski had an enormous day, going 4-of-5 with two home runs, two singles and eight RBIs.

However, Stow made it 7-6 after two innings, thanks to an RBI single from first baseman Lindsey Houck and an error, which scored Hoopingarner.

Stow seemed to take control of the game with a five-run fourth inning.

Center fielder Claire O'Verko led off the inning with a solo home run to left. Stow then got an RBI double from Hoopingarner, an RBI single from senior baseman Jenna Stout and an RBI single from Mosko to take a 12-6 lead.

O'Verko went 3-of-4 on the day, with a home run, two singles and four runs scored.

Nordonia was not deterred. The Knights got a two-run single from first baseman Grace Barth in the fifth inning, followed by three runs in the sixth to cut it to 12-11.

Borsilli was one out away from giving Stow the win in the top of the seventh when she gave up two walks and a single to load the bases.

Maciejowski then stood in and launched a towering drive over the fence in left-center field. Maciejowski's second home run of the day made it 15-12.

Like Borsilli, Cornett was one out away from the win in the bottom of the seventh. However, Stow third baseman Hanna Ingram smacked an RBI double and Houck came through with a two-run single to tie the game.

A single by Hoopingarner and an error loaded the bases for Stow, but Cesnak grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

The umpires then suspended the game and torrential rains forced the game to be postponed. No date for the completion of the game was available at press time.

On April 18 at Nordonia, Stow pounded out 13 hits and burst out to an early 7-0 lead against the Knights. However, the Bulldogs would need all those runs, as Stow committed five errors in the contest.

Borsilli went the distance for Stow, picking up her second win of the season (2-1). She allowed seven hits in the win. Kayla Buck took the loss for the Knights.

Hoopingarner led the Bulldogs with her second home run of the season and double, while Houck added a pair of singles.

Stow's offense was shut down in the contest with Wadsworth, as Grizzlies pitcher Sarah Keting (5-0) pitched a two-hit shutout against the Bulldogs.

Bell (3-3) took the loss, as she gave up three earned runs on seven hits to Wadsworth.

Stow was set to travel to Tallmadge April 21, but results were not available at press time.

The Bulldogs host a trio of games at Weddle Park this week, as Twinsburg visits April 24, Hudson visits April 25 and Medina Highland visits April 27. First pitch for all three games is at 4:30 p.m.

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