HUDSON -- It was a good week for the Cuyahoga Falls softball team.

Now if the Lady Black Tigers can just figure out the Suburban League National Conference, they might really be onto something.

Falls earned an 11-3 victory over Valley Forge April 26 on the road after suffering defeats to National Conference rivals Nordonia (12-2) April 25 in Macedonia and Hudson (8-0) April 24 on the road.

The Lady Black Tigers also won the Battle of the Falls Tournament April 22 at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.

Falls defeated CVCA 10-9 and Woodridge 5-2. In both of those games, the Lady Black Tigers rallied from a deficit.

Falls was down 2-0 to Woodridge and was down 9-5 heading into the top of the seventh against CVCA.

"They didn't quit," Falls head coach Kim Applegarth said. "It gave us some confidence. We scored the winning run in the top of the seventh and then we held them."

The Lady Black Tigers (3-13, 0-11) were stymied by a freshman pitcher against the Lady Explorers.

Hudson (6-8, 6-7) scored six runs in the top of the first and got a two-hit shutout from Olivia Stefanoni.

"We got off to a slow start," Applegarth said. "We can't give any team seven runs. We settled down after that. We have to get the bat on the ball more."

The freshman left-hander struck out nine batters and walked two in seven innings of work to pick up her first varsity win of her career.

"We came out and scored in the first inning," Lady Explorers head coach Jeff Kurtz said. "When that happens, it changes the whole complexion of the game. It takes pressure off your pitcher."

Third baseman Martha Masich had two singles and two runs batted in and right fielder Bri Bellanco drove in Hudson's other two runs with a single to left field.

Cami Madar reached base three times. She had a double, a single and was hit by a pitch. Madar scored three runs.

Left-hander Tori Rogers (2-5) took the loss for the Lady Black Tigers. She was relieved by right-hander Hailey Miles, who finished the game.

Falls finished with two errors. Alex Eves and Cynthia Stanfield each had a single for the Lady Black Tigers.

The Lady Black Tigers used some more late-inning magic to defeat Valley Forge.

With the score tied at three, Falls scored eight runs in the top of the sixth.

The Lady Black Tigers had 12 hits and four errors and Valley Forge had six hits and one error.

Courtney Hasenstab scored on a wild pitch in the third and Brianna Andexler hit a run-scoring double to left field in the fourth.

Falls took complete command in the sixth.

Eves drove in a run without swinging the bat. She was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Andexler scored a run on a wild pitch and Janella Farmer had a run-scoring double. Rogers got the win in the circle.

Stanfield added a run-scoring ground out and Andexler concluded the scoring with a two-run double

The game with Nordonia was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. Miles took the loss.

"Defensive miscues played a large role in the outcome of the game," Applegarth said.

Against CVCA, the Lady Black Tigers had 10 hits and six errors. CVCA had nine hits and no errors.

Trailing 9-5 in the seventh, Andexler had a two-run homer to get Falls' going.

Hasenstab, who was inserted as a pinch runner, made it 9-8 when she scored on a passed ball.

Taylor Jalm, who had a single, tied the game when she scored on a ground out by Farmer.

Miles smacked a double to deep left field and moved to third on Anna Steiner's single to right field. Miles eventually scored the winning run on a passed ball.

Saxon had a two-run double in the third and another two-run double in the fifth. Stanfield got the win (1-2).

The Black Tigers had five hits and two errors against Woodridge, which had two hits and three errors.

Rogers went the distance in the circle to get the win.

Steiner drove in a run with a ground out and Andexler had a run-scoring triple in the sixth.

Stanfield also had a run-scoring single in the sixth.

Falls is scheduled to host National Conference archival Stow-Munroe Falls May 1 before heading to North Royalton for a National Conference showdown May 2. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. both days.

The Lady Black Tigers are scheduled to entertain Akron North in a doubleheader May 5. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.


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