A youthful Twinsburg softball squad has shown the ability to score runs in a variety of ways as the Tigers look to continue to improve.
Veteran head coach Chris Shaffer likes his club’s good resiliency as the Lady Tigers also have some experience on the roster.
Twinsburg showed that fight in non-league action April 25 in a battle at Mogadore.
Once trailing by as many as 15 runs, Twinsburg battled back against the Wildcats and lost 18-17.
"Despite a 15-run deficit in the third inning, this team almost came all of the way back," noted Shaffer. "We tallied 11 runs in the fourth inning."
That 11-run uprising in the fourth frame featured a home run by standout freshman Gabby Bonnizzio.
"Gabby had multiple hits for us and went yard," said Shaffer.
Bonnizzio knocked in five runs, scored four runs, and also hit a double. Bonnizzio wasn't the only Tiger to produce at the plate as the offense managed 15 hits in the loss.
Senior Daniella Engelmann had an outstanding game at the plate as did junior Abby St. Andrassy, who had three RBI and three runs.
Engelmann had a pair of doubles, two runs, two RBI, and three hits.
"St. Andrassy and Engelmann each collected three hits to lead us," stated Shaffer.
Junior Maria Delegram, sophomore Leah Bova, and Bonnizzio each had multiple hits.
Posting RBI's for Twinsburg was Delegram, Bonnizzio, junior Kelsey Boron, senior Hana Hayes, senior Gabrielle Grumbos, and St. Andrassy. Junior Ally Schank took the loss on the mound.
Mogadore third baseman Colleen Coughlin drove in five runs for the Cats.
Twinsburg fell 16-0 at powerful league rival Hudson (12-1, 6-1) on April 24 as the Explorers’ Cami Madar slammed two home runs, including a grand slam, and had eight RBI in the game.
Hayes produced a nice single in the third inning for the Lady Tigers as hurler Olivia Stefanoni fired a 1-hitter for Hudson.
Another strong opponent came as the Tigers dropped a 19-4 league decision at North Royalton April 23 at home. Sophomore pitcher Emily Riggi took the loss.
St. Andrassy led Twinsburg with two hits, including a home run she belted in the fifth inning. Bonnizzio also had two hits for the Tigers.
The Lady Tigers play a league game at Wadsworth May 1 and then closes the regular season at home — May 2 against Bedford, May 8 against Hudson, and hosts Nordonia May 7. All games begin at 4:30 p.m.
Engelmann got Twinsburg cooking in the second inning of a league test at Cuyahoga Falls April 22. The Tigers won 11-4.
On a 2-1 count, Engelmann belted a two-run blast for a home run to get the Tiger offense going.
"We got on the board when Daniella homered in the second inning and we scored five in the third inning," noted Shaffer.
Hayes earned the pitching victory with a solid outing on the hill. She went seven innings and gave up five hits and struck out four batters.
"Hana was credited with the victory as she went seven innings," said Shaffer.
"The big inning for us was driven by doubles by Leah (Bova) and (senior) Paige Pleta, plus a single by Gabrielle (Grumbos)," added the mentor.
Grumbos continues to have a banner senior campaign as she paced the 15-hit attack with a 4-for-4 appearance at the plate.
Another senior standout, Jordan Kinford, also had multiple hits for Stow against Falls along with Engelmann, Boron, and St. Andrassy.