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Mother Nature taking toll on Twinsburg softball early

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: April 5, 2017 12:00 AM
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The Twinsburg softball is eager to hit the field for the 2017 season as the usual battle with Mother Nature takes place.

With a solid nucleus back, the Lady Tigers were set to open the season March 30 at Brecksville, but rain showers negated the opener.

Now Twinsburg has a hectic slate -- if the weather cooperates.

"Our game against Brecksville was postponed due to weather and we have six games scheduled for this week, but the weather report does not look good," said second-year head coach Chris Shaffer.

After league clashes at home against Stow-Munroe Falls April 3 and Wadsworth April 4 (results were not available at press time, Twinsburg visits league rival Hudson April 6 before competing in the Akron Racers Tournament April 8 and 9.

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The Tigers are scheduled to meet Akron Hoban to open the Racers Tournament April 8 at 10 a.m., followed by a 1 p.m. game against Perrysburg. The Tigers are set to face GlenOak April 9 at 10 a.m.

Twinsburg, 14-10 overall last year, competed in the deep Suburban League last spring as the Tigers placed fourth in the National Division with a mark of 7-7.

"We have another tough schedule with the Suburban League as one of the toughest conferences in the state," said Shaffer.

Shaffer returns multi-season senior starters in Najah Thornton, Jada Farmer, and Katie Elnikar.

That trio will play huge roles this spring along with veteran junior Marissa Thirion, the Tigers most experienced pitcher.

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Thirion will replace All-Suburban League pitcher Nicole Brown (9-5). Thirion has also played second base and the outfield in her career and was previously the starting hurler for the Tigers.

Thornton moved to catcher from shortstop, but catching is a familiar position, plus Elnikar moved from first base to shortstop. Farmer is the centerfielder.

Junior Alexis Lopez, another multi-year starter, moves from third base to first base, plus junior returnee Jessica Katrine will play third base and in the outfield. She played in right field in 2016.

"Our goal is to win the league which is the case every year," Shaffer said. "To do that we will have to play great defense and take advantage of scoring opportunities when we get them."

Other returning lettermen include senior Brooke Pleta (infield/outfield), senior Kayla Grys (infield/outfield), junior Sarah Thompson (outfielder), and sophomore Gabrielle Grumbos (infield/outfield).

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