STOW -- He had led them to plenty of success during his 12-year tenure.

Unfortunately, the Lady Bulldogs' did not earn their head coach a trip to district play.

The seventh-seeded Stow-Munroe Falls softball team's season came to an end after losing to second-seeded Wadsworth 5-2 in a Barberton Division I sectional title game May 10 on the road.

With the loss, the Lady Bulldogs finished 10-12 overall. They also finished 6-8 in the Suburban League National Conference after earning a 6-0 victory over North Royalton May 8 at Weddle Park.

Stow advanced to a sectional title game with a lopsided 14-1 victory over 10th-seeded Cuyahoga Falls May 9 at Weddle Park.

Hawkins, who is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, may have coached his last game against the Lady Grizzlies. The team honored Hawkins with "Doug Hawkins Softball Complex" listed on the top part of the scoreboard May 8.

Despite all of this, Hawkins was business as usual after his team defeated the Lady Black Tigers.

"We won three in a row," Hawkins said May 9. "We had been struggling up to this point. We weren't doing the right things on the bases."

Against Falls, the game was called after 4-1/2 innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Stow batted around in both the first and second innings, respectively.

The Lady Bulldogs scored six runs in the first, seven in the second and one in the third. The Lady Black Tigers scored their only run in the third.

Stow had 17 hits and no errors and Falls had three hits and one error.

"They hit the ball," Falls head coach Kim Applegarth said. "There is not much you can do when they hit like that. I made a pitching change, but it didn't matter."

Lady Bulldogs' right-hander Macie Bell pitched the first four innings to get the win. Right-hander Katie Kelly pitch a scoreless fifth to end the game.

Lady Black Tigers' starting right-hander Cynthia Stanfield lasted just a third of an inning. She was relieved by left-hander Tori Rogers in the first.

"I don't like to run the score up," Hawkins said. "You can't tell the girls stop hitting. We had been struggling with our pitching."

Shortstop Brittany Hoopingarner had three hits, including a double, three runs batted in and two runs scored for the Lady Bulldogs.

Catcher Kenedi Cesnak also had three hits, including a double, two RBIs and a run scored for Stow.

Bell added two singles and four RBIs and third baseman Hanna Ingram had two hits, including a double, two runs scored and an RBI.

Also contributing two hits apiece for the Lady Bulldogs were first baseman Lindsey Houck, who had two RBIs and a run scored, and right fielder Rachel Mosko, who drove in a run and scored a run.

Second baseman Jenna Stout had a run-scoring single and two runs scored and center fielder Claire O'Verko had a single and two runs scored for Stow.

Shortstop Brianna Andexler had two hits and an RBI to lead the Lady Black Tigers. Right fielder Annah Bobbitt had the other hit for Falls.

Although her team's postseason was short-lived, Applegarth wanted her team to finish the regular on a positive note.

"We have three games left and we want to end the season with three wins," she said.

Against Wadsworth, the Lady Bulldogs had a 1-0 lead until the Lady Grizzlies took control with five runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Wadsworth finished with seven hits and four errors and Stow had seven hits and two errors.

Kelly took the loss for the Lady Bulldogs. O'Verko had two hits, including a double, and an RBI for Stow.

The Lady Bulldogs scored all of their runs in the second, third and fourth innings, respectively, against North Royalton.

Right-hander Clara Borsilli took the loss for Stow. Hoopingarner led the offense with a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs. Houck added two hits, including a double, two RBIs and a run scored.


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