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Tiger softball struggles against strong opposition

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: April 12, 2017 12:00 AM

In a tough early stretch, the Twinsburg softball team is looking to find consistency against a strong schedule.

Competing at the Akron Racers Tournament, the Tigers fell to Akron Hoban 12-2 and lost 10-5 to GlenOak April 9.

In the first game of the tourney, Twinsburg had a 5-4 advantage against GlenOak, which exploded for five runs to secure the victory.

"We had a 5-4 lead, but gave up five in the last inning," said Tiger head coach Chris Shaffer. Twinsburg fell to 0-4 overall.

"Jada Farmer and Alexis Lopez hit well and Jessica Katrine made some nice plays in the outfield," added the mentor.

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Farmer is a senior centerfielder and 4-year veteran while Lopez (first base-third base) and Katrine (right field) are tested juniors for Shaffer.

"In the loss to Hoban, we just couldn't string our hits together and made some costly errors," Shaffer said.

Lopez belted a home run for Twinsburg and scored two runs.

Wadsworth defeated Twinsburg in Suburban League play 14-0 on April 5 as the Tigers fell to 0-2 in the National Conference of the SL, where Wadsworth (3-1) moved to 2-0.

Junior Marissa Thirion was the losing pitcher for Twinsburg, but was 1-for-1 at the plate with a single.

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Farmer went 1-for-3 with a stolen base, senior infielder Katie Elnikar was 1-for-2 at the plate as was versatile sophomore Gabrielle Grumbos. Katrine was 1-for-1 with a single.

Sophomore hurler Hana Hayes pitched 3.0 innings in relief against the red-hot Grizzlies.

"Najah Thornton injured her knee and has yet to play, but we're hoping to get her back in a week or so," explained Shaffer. "Jada and Alexis continue to swing the bat well."

"Marissa took the losses (Wadsworth and Hoban), but pitched well against Hoban," the coach added.

Junior pitcher Emily Adams got some work on the hill in the GlenOak clash while Hayes has also seen action.

"Emily Adams pitched very well against GlenOak, but just ran out of gas at the end," said the coach. "Hana Hayes has pitched well in relief also."

Twinsburg plays at Hudson April 13 in a rescheduled league test, then Twinsburg hosts Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary April 14, hosts North Royalton April 17, hosts Brecksville April 18. Final results of games against Nordonia and Cuyahoga Falls, April 10-11, weren't available as of press time.

The Lady Tigers play at Bedford April 20, on the road at North Royalton April 21, and host Cuyahoga Heights in a doubleheader April 22.

Stow-Munroe Falls scored in four different innings to beat the Tigers in a tough 5-3 league loss April 3. Stow is 2-1 in the league as pitcher Macie Bell tossed a six-hitter for the Bulldogs.

Thirion pitched well, limiting Stow to nine hits. She took the loss.

Second baseman Jenna Stout slammed a home run for Stow, which also got two singles, a double, and a run from shortstop Brittany Hoopingarner.

Farmer had a pair of singles and scored a run for the Tigers, who strung together three runs in the bottom of the fourth frame for all of its offense.

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