Twinsburg softball was hoping to spring an upset in sectional play, but defensive woes and some potent offense by Canfield spoiled the improving Tigers’ sectional opener May 6.
The 12th-seeded Tigers knew they would have to play well in all three facets of the game at the Solon Division I sectional tournament on the road at fifth-seeded Canfield.
Canfield countered Twinsburg’s three runs in the fourth inning by exploding for 12 runs in the same frame.
The uprising enabled Canfield to break open a tight game and win 18-5 over Twinsburg (5-16-1).
"We struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Canfield," said Twinsburg head coach Chris Shaffer.
The top seeds at the Solon sectional were Hudson, Solon, Austintown Fitch, Boardman, and Canfield.
Brooke Crissman and Aiden Orlovsky each drove in three runs for the Cardinals (10-13), who advanced to fall 6-0 in the sectional final at Boardman (17-8).
More offense from Canfield was produced by Kalin Kovach and Orlovsky, who each had three hits while Mary Gomez, Liz Ferraro, and Madi Kelly had two hits apiece.
Twinsburg’s senior class includes Daniella Engelmann, Brett Grosel, Gabrielle Grumbos, Hana Hayes, Jordan Kinford, Mary Leskovec, and Paige Pleta.
Despite the tourney loss, the Tigers had league make up games against Brecksville Tuesday and Hudson Thursday.
Shaffer was pleased to see his club manage 11 hits in the loss.
Abby St. Andrassy had a sensational day at the plate for Twinsburg. The junior went 3-for-3 for the locals.
Kinford and junior Kelsey Boron each had two hits for the Lady Tigers while Engelmann and Grumbos had key RBIs in the fourth inning surge.
"We managed to score three runs in the fourth as Gabrielle and Daniella moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning," stressed the skipper.
Hayes, who leads a young Tiger pitching staff with three victories, took the loss.
The Tigers tied Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in a non-league game Thursday at the University of Akron.
"We got a call from SVSM that they were looking for a game," said Shaffer. "We did not commit an error in the field."
Scoring one unearned run in the first inning off an Irish fielding error, Twinsburg plated three runs in the third inning.
"Maria Delegram and Emily Riggi powered the big inning for us," said the coach.
A junior, Delegram walloped an RBI double off the wall while Riggi had an RBI.
The Tigers had seven hits as Riggi and Leah Bova, a pair of promising sophomores, each had two hits.
Thanks to some offensive firepower by Grumbos, Twinsburg defeated Nordonia 7-4 in league play.
Grumbos broke a 2-2 tie as the second baseman belted a solo home run in the fifth inning.
Going 3-for-4 at the plate, Grumbos also hit a blast in the sixth inning. Engelmann also had a fielder’s choice that plated a run in the first inning.
On the season, Grumbos has five home runs and 30 RBIs, both team highs. She is batting .441 this spring.
"It was exciting to see Gabrielle have such a big game on Senior Night," said a thrilled Shaffer. "In fact, all of the seniors contributed to the win with either big hits or outstanding defensive plays when we needed them."
Hayes earned the victory for the Tigers, who had seven hits and played errorless softball. She had a complete game and struck out two batters.
"Hana pitched us to victory as she surrendered four runs on seven hits over seven innings," noted Shaffer.
Pleta excelled defensively while Leskovec collected multiple hits.
"We also played well in the field and didn’t commit a single error as Paige had the most chances in the field with seven," said the coach.
On the season, St. Andrassy is hitting a sizzling .488 with one home run and 12 RBIs. Bova is batting .409 and Boron is hitting .407.
According to Shaffer, junior hurler Ally Schank paces the Tigers with the lowest earned run average.