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Twinsburg softball primed for postseason run

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: May 3, 2017 12:00 AM
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The Twinsburg softball squad is looking to carry some momentum into the post season.

Winning a couple of close games and almost upsetting Brecksville in league play could bode well for Twinsburg's confidence heading into the stretch drive.

Head coach Chris Shaffer recently received his tournament draw for the upcoming Solon Division I sectional-district tournament.

Twinsburg (8-9) will host a first-round game as the sixth seed. The Tigers will play May 9 against Maple Heights, the 11th seed. First pitch is 4:30 p.m.

"After reviewing things, I am okay with where we are seeded and we open with Maple, who we opened with last year," said Shaffer.

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If the Lady Tigers win, they will play a sectional final at third-seeded Boardman May 10 at 4:30 p.m.

"We need to take care of business in round one before we can think about going to Boardman for round two," pointed out Shaffer.

Canfield is the top seed, followed by Aurora, Boardman, Nordonia, Solon, and Twinsburg.

Four runs in the top of the seventh inning enabled Twinsburg to win on the road 8-6 at North Royalton April 27 in Suburban League National Conference action.

A trio of battle-tested athletes led the Tiger attack on offense -- senior Katie Elnikar, senior Najah Thornton, and junior Alexis Lopez.

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Elnikar slapped a pair of singles in the win as well as a double.

Thornton had single and a double, plus Lopez belted a home run in the victory.

Junior pitcher Emily Adams tossed a complete game win and allowed 10 hits overall.

The Lady Tigers were impressive in a battle against powerful Brecksville April 26 and lost 8-7 in a tough setback.

"They [Brecksville] are 11-0 in the league, but we gave them all they could handle," said Shaffer. "We gave them three unearned runs in the fifth inning."

Senior Jada Farmer led off the game for Twinsburg by slamming a home run.

Marissa Thirion pitched a complete game and did a strong job as the junior took the tough loss and is 4-5 this spring.

Thornton and Lopez also had key hits in the game according to Shaffer.

"The team seems to be coming together so I like our chances in the first game of the tournament," said Shaffer, who is focusing on one game at a time.

Twinsburg dropped an 11-1 league decision on the road at Wadsworth (11-3, 9-2) April 25. The Lady Tigers were out-hit 14-3.

Farmer had two singles and sophomore Gabrielle Grumbos knocked in two RBI with a single and double to help Twinsburg beat Stow-Munroe Falls (6-9, 4-7) April 24 on the road.

Thirion tossed a complete-game 7-hitter to earn the win on the mound.

Shaffer's club was 4-7 in the league prior to a home games Nordonia with May 2 (results were not available at press time). The locals play at Cuyahoga Falls May 8 to wrap up the regular season.

Twinsburg is scheduled to play May 6 at a doubleheader at Youngstown Cardinal Mooney.

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