WELLINGTON — Midview I-90 Nissan continued its domination of the Ohio Girls Softball Organization regional tournament Friday night.
Midview (17-0) crushed Lorain Clearview Xplosion 25-0, in five innings, in a Class B (ages 11-12) regional championship game at Wellington Recreation Park.
Olivia Difranco and Jasmine Willis each had five hits for Midview, which outscored its two regional tournament opponents 47-0.
Willis pitched her second shutout in as many days, striking out 11 Xplosion hitters.
“I was a little nervous coming into the game,” Willis said. “I watched (Lorain Clearview) play the other day and they had some really nice hits but I kept my intensity high. I just have to believe in myself and let the ball do its work.”
For Difranco the game was memorable not just because Midview is headed to the state tournament, where it will face the Maplewood Rockets next Saturday at 1:30 p.m., but she hit her first home run of the year in her final at-bat in the fifth inning.
“I don’t know what to say, I just saw the ball and I hit it,” Difranco said. “Everybody on the team has just been very focused and hitting the ball well. I was really confident coming into the tournament. I felt like if we stayed focused we would win.”
Maggie Barnes also hit a home run for Midview and was a double shy of hitting for the cycle, finishing the night 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored.
Amanda Pshock and Gabriela Yates each had four hits for Midview, which pounded out 35 hits in the win.
“At least half of this team has been together for six or seven years and they practice through the offseason and a lot of them play travel ball. They know how to get after it,” Midview coach Kevin Yates said. “I love watching these girls play. They are putting the ball out on the grass and running the bases hard. It’s a great feeling watching them succeed.”
North Ridgeville triple play
For the second year in a row North Ridgeville will be well-represented at the state tournament. Three North Ridgeville teams won regional championships Friday.
In Class C (ages 13-14), the Buckeyes defeated the Medina Heat 11-5. In Class A (ages 9-10), the Her-ricanes joined the Diamond Belles, who won a regional title Thursday, in the state tournament with a 23-10 win over Midview Reasor. And in the game of the night, Nadeen Suliman scored the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning to guide Synergy to a 6-5 win over Midview Plas in a Class B final.
“I was a little nervous they would get me out in my final at-bat because (Midview) is a good team,” said Suliman, whose running catch in center field in the second inning helped preserve an early 1-0 lead. “When I scored I truly wasn’t thinking it might be the winning run. I just wanted to score.”
Suliman led off the fifth with a single and scored on an Abby Viancort grounder.
“This girls worked really hard all year and when we were in a close game tonight nobody panicked and we pulled it out,” Synergy coach Rob Chinchar said. “There were a couple of nerve-wracking moments, but these girls have been through this before. I always tell them we have done these plays thousands of times before in practice and in games. I knew if everyone would just do what they learned to do we’d be fine and we were.”
Aniya Qualls had another strong night in the pitcher’s circle for Synergy (17-1), striking out six and retiring Midview in order in the seventh with the game on the line.
“A lot of the times I was getting down in the count 2-0 or 3-0 but I just kept coming back and coming back because I knew I had to hit my spots and if they did hit the ball my defense would back me up,” Qualls said. “It is really amazing fun to be going to the state tournament … just winning and knowing that as a team we have a chance to be the best of the best is a really good feeling.”
Wellington wins Lightning clash
Wellington Lightning advanced to next week’s Class C state tournament with a 9-4 win over the Amherst Lightning.
Amherst was leading until the fifth inning when Victoria Paramore and Malie Oswald scored on the same wild pitch to give Wellington a 5-4 lead.
Wellington (14-2) got three hits and a pair of runs from Brooke Noss.
The Lightning will face the Champion Flashes in next week’s state semifinals.
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Class A (ages 9-10)
North Ridgeville Her-ricanes 23, Midview Reasor 10
Class B (ages 11-12)
North Ridgeville Synergy, 6 Midview Plas 5
Midview I-90 Nissan 25, Lorain Clearview Xplosion 0
Class C (ages 13-14)
North Ridgeville Buckeyes 11, Medina Heat 5
Wellington Lightning 9, Amherst Lightning 4