Aurora — The No. 1 seed is what first-year Aurora softball mentor Jenna Micale was seeking for the Division I Solon sectional-district tournament.
“And we got the No. 1 seed in the east bracket,” said a thrilled Micale of her 10-3 Greenmen squad after the May 4 seed drawing. “Our girls have a bye and then play in the sectional finals at home.”
Aurora will play May 15 at 4:30 p.m. at home against the winner of a first-round game between Warren Howland (the third seed) and Boardman (fifth).
The district games will be played at Solon starting May 21.
The other squad with a first-round bye on the top half of the bracket with Aurora is Austintown Fitch. Twinsburg and Nordonia are two clubs with byes on the bottom half of the bracket.
“We have big conference games this week,” said a focused Micale. Final results of games against Cuyahoga Heights (May 5) and Independence (May 6) weren’t available as of presstime. The team is to travel to Kenston today (May 7) and Notre Dame Cathedral Latin on May 8.
Superb junior pitcher Nicole Doyle used both her arm and her bat to help beat Independence 2-0 in a Chagrin Valley Conference clash at home last week. It pushed the Lady Greenmen to 6-1 in the league.
Doyle improved to 7-1 as she struck out 16 batters in a no-hitter. She allowed two walks, but it was her offense that made it exciting.
With a clutch 2-run double, Doyle had all of the offense Aurora needed. “Nicole’s double provided for both runs,” explained the coach.
On May 1, Doyle stood out again as host Aurora won 1-0 over Perry. She tossed a one-hitter in a complete game shutout, fanning 15 batters in another dominant performance.
“Nicole pitched very well and gave up only two walks with the 15 strikeouts,” said Micale.
However, Doyle needed some offensive help which finally came from junior catcher Hayley Cash, who got the game-winning run batted in in the bottom half of the fourth inning.
Cash produced a single against Perry standout senior hurler Emiley Westfall. “Hayley hit in the game’s only run,” said the mentor.
Aurora’s defense remains outstanding this season as the Greenmen did not commit an error in the victory.