WELLINGTON — There is still a state semifinal game to be played, but Lorain County will have a team in each of four OGSO state championship games Saturday.
This was assured when undefeated Keystone Ford Builders, undefeated Midview Royal Sports and Fitness and the South Amherst Slammers won semifinal games in Classes C, B and A, respectively. Class C is for players 14-and under, B 12-under and A 10-under.
Two-time defending state champion Oberlin Ohio Action Images takes on the Lorain Xplosion in the Class D (18-under) semifinal at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Xplosion earned a shot at Oberlin with a 6-1 quarterfinal win over the South Amherst Bullets on Sunday at Wellington Community Park.
State championship and consolation games are scheduled for Saturday, also at Community Park. Lorain County teams won three of the four state titles last summer.
Sunday’s action involving Lorain County teams included:
Three South Amherst errors led to two Lorain Xplosion runs in the third inning, which turned out to be enough to win a quarterfinal game carried over from Saturday.
But after coach Dave Moore’s Bullets rebounded with a third-inning run on Erin Phillips’ ringing triple that scored Emily Arlington, the Xplosion added four more runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach.
The big blow was a two-run single to left by Alissa Brown that scored Paige Schaffer and Jessica Dziak. Brown later scored when catcher Kristen Marcucci reached on an error and Marcucci ran home on pitcher Nicole Myers’ single.
Myers struck out 10, walked none and scattered five hits. She was perfect through three innings.
“Pretty much all my pitches were working,” Myers said. “My changeup was off, but I got it working toward the end.”
Dziak had three singles and was the only Xplosion player with more than one hit.
“I’m pretty pumped,” Dziak said of the impending showdown with Oberlin. “I think we can beat them. I know we can.”
The Xplosion defeated Action Images during the regular season, but lost to them in extra innings last week in the Lorain County championship game.
“These girls came out ready to play,” said Xplosion coach Melissa Myers. “They’re pretty excited to be here at state. Just waiting an extra day got them a little more ready.”
Actually, South Amherst was eliminated during Lorain-Medina district tournament play last week. But the Bullets were reinstated as the highest seeded team to be sidelined when a team from outside the district withdrew.
“This is really my last game,” said the Bullets’ Moore, who announced after last week’s loss he was retiring as an OGSO coach after 19 seasons. “You know, it’s been the same story all year. We play decent defense, then the bats just aren’t there. That’s what happened. Lorain made some nice plays.”
Caitlyn Minney struck out four and pitched a two-hitter as Keystone Ford Builders defeated Garrettsville, 11-0, for their 21st win in a row. The game was halted after five innings under the mercy rule.
Alyson Broschk had three hits, including two doubles, for Keystone, and Erin Pond and Bri Buckley contributed two singles apiece. Anne Marie Kirchner tripled and Brit Bowers added a single.
Keystone Ford Builders takes on New London for the state championship at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on Field 4. New London was an 11-1 winner over Ravenna on Sunday.
Undefeated Midview Royal Sports and Fitness won its 21st straight game with 13-0 mercy-rule pounding of West Branch Mac Trailer. Kim Stone, Midview’s ace pitcher, hurled a no-hitter and struck out 10.
“My dropball was working for me again and my screwball was working,” Stone said.
First baseman Kate Thomas had two hits, two RBIs and scored a run for Midview, and Stone and third baseman Audra Clapper hit two singles, scored a run and drove one home. Royal Sports will meet Mogadore for the championship at 4:15 p.m. Saturday on Field 3.
“It was nice to come out and give Stone some help, because we’ve been riding her back for the last few games,” said Royal Sports coach Matt Thomas.
Taylor Emery and Michaela Jeffers combined on a three-hitter in the South Amherst Slammers’ 9-5 victory over West Branch Stitle Construction. Rachael Cairns singled for the Slammers.
South Amherst will tangle with Windham True Value for the state title at 4 p.m. Saturday on Field 2. Windham was a 13-5 winner over the Wellington Li’l Bullies despite a seven-strikeout six-hitter by Logan Sommons. Alexis Buzaleski tripled and Gabrielle Edwards hit a double for Wellington.
Class A (10-under)
South Amherst Slammers 9, West Branch Stitle Construction 5
Windham True Value 13, Wellington Li’l Bullies 5
Class B (12-under)
Midview Royal Sports 13, West Branch Mac Trailer 0
Mogadore Lembos 6, Medina Heat 5
Class C (14-under)
Keystone Ford Builders 11, Garrettsville 0
New London 11, Ravenna Softballers 1
Class D (18-under)
Randolph 12 Midview North Eagles 8
Class D quarterfinal
Lorain Xplosion 6, South Amherst Bullets 1