Ashtabula and Madison engaged in a battle royale on the opening night of District 1 junior division softball Wednesday before Ashtabula came away with a 13-11 victory.
At one point, Ashtabula held a 12-3 lead, but a seven-run fourth by Madison narrowed the gap to 12-10. But each team only scored once more.
Carrie Pascarella was the winning pitcher for Ashtabula in relief of Katie Boomhower, with an assist from Adria Mathers, who earned the save. Pascarella also helped herself at the plate with two hits and four runs scored. Sydney Kaydo led Ashtabula’s offense with a triple and two doubles among four hits and three RBI, while Ashley Lockwood tripled among two hits and Boomhower delivered a key two-run double. Amanda Nemeth led Madison with two hits and two RBI.
Conneaut 10, Geneva 0 — The blanking of Geneva sent Conneaut into the winners’-bracket finals of the division, where it will host Ashtabula on Friday at 6 p.m. Geneva will play in the first round of the losers’ bracket at Madison at the same time.
Conneaut pounded its way to the winners’-bracket championship of the division for 11- and 12-year-old girls with a 23-1 victory over Madison. Conneaut will now host the first game of the division’s championship round at 2 p.m. Sunday at Skippon Park against an opponent yet to be determined. A win in Sunday’s game would make Conneaut the District 1 champion and send it to the state tournament July 17-23 at Lucasville in District 11.
Madison dropped into the losers’-bracket championship game Friday at 6 p.m. at Grand Valley for the right to meet Conneaut in the championship round. If the winner of that game wins Sunday, a decisive game for the district title will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at Conneaut.
Tony Magda had a big part in pitching and hitting Ashtabula to a 10-5 victory over Geneva. Magda struck out seven batters in four innings of work and allowed just two hits, while cracking a triple and double at the plate. Victor Tuttle and Andrew Graeb also contributed on the mound and at the plate for Ashtabula. Tuttle doubled among two hits, while Graeb had a key hit. Kyle Downs tripled, Alex DeCamillo doubled and Austin Beal also had a key hit for Ashtabula. Tyler Cross doubled among two hits for Geneva, while Logan Koplzak and Stephen Robertson doubled and Brandon Pakkala had a single.
Conneaut 19, Painesville 8 — Conneaut divided the pitching and offensive duties for its victory. Dylan Campbell homered among two hits and pitched an inning. Sam Distelrath singled twice and pitched two innings. Dylan Morici had two singles and struck out two in two innings of work. Mikey Teed tripled among two hits and struck out three in an inning of work. C.J. Rice tripled among two hits and struck out three in his inning on the mound. Brian Duris tripled among two hits, Matt Gilligan doubled among two hits and Matt Barrickman and Kyle Sprinkle each had two singles. Conneaut hosts Ashtabula in the second round today at 6 p.m.
Northeast Cleveland 12, Jefferson 11 (8 innings) — Northeast earned a spot in the second round of the winners’ bracket in the conclusion of a game suspended by darkness. Northeast will now play at Perry today at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, Jefferson will play at Madison today at 6 p.m. in the first round of the losers’ bracket, while Painesville will play at Geneva in another losers’-bracket game.
In addition to the games in junior baseball, major division baseball for 11- and 12-year-old boys will also be played today at 6 p.m. In the winners’ bracket, Ashtabula will host Pymatuning Valley and Jefferson will travel to Madison. In the losers’ bracket, Conneaut will play at Painesville and Geneva will host Northeast Cleveland.