Over a two-day span, Newton Falls' Bailey Shade struck out 29 batters and only let three runners on base combined in a 10-0 win over Brookfield in six innings on Thursday and a 2-0 win over Mineral Ridge on Friday. Against the Warriors, the senior pitcher was one walk in the first inning away from a perfect game, while against the Rams, she outdueled Mineral ridge's Darby Kolesar, who held the Tigers to no runs after the second inning.
Leigh Gatta and Kari Montella each smacked RBI singles in the fifth inning for McDonald, and the runs ended up being the difference in the Blue Devils' 6-4 victory over Sebring.
Gatta, who struck out seven and walked two, gave up four first-inning runs but allowed just one out of the next 19 batters to reach base in improving to 8-4. Alyssa Bansberg led McDonald's 14-hit attack with two singles and a double. Kerrigan McDermott added a single and a triple, while Erin Murphy drove in two runs.
In North Jackson, Alexis Lude hit a go-ahead two-run single in the top of the seventh inning to propel Western Reserve to a 4-2 Inter Tri-County League victory. The Blue Devils (13-2, 10-0) outhit Jackson-Milton, 12-6. April Lude and Maddie Kreitzburg each went 3 for 4. Kreitzburg also improved to 7-1 as she struck out three and walked one.
Kevin Chirozzi gave a single to open up the seventh inning, breaking up his no-hit bid in Bristol's 14-0 win over Bloomfield.
Ledgemont turned four double plays and all three runs were unearned in a 3-2 victory over Maplewood, which left 14 runners on base.
Tyler Wiery had two RBIs and Ian Hileman had two hits in Niles' 3-2 win over Edgewood.
Mineral Ridge scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh, but fell to Western Reserve, 9-8.