Gatta clutch for McDonald in extras
Leigh Gatta came through in the clutch twice for McDonald in the Blue Devils’ 8-7 comeback victory over Lisbon in eight innings.
Trailing by two runs in the seventh inning, Gatta reached on an error, and after a force out, Kari Montella singled to put runners on first and third. Lisbon’s second error of the game, a throwing error to the first baseman that went up the right-field line, allowed Gatta and Montella to score and tie the game at 7. In the eighth, Jenna Golden hit a one-out single, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and Gatta knocked her in with a walk-off single over the first baseman’s head.
Gatta, a senior who also struck out 10 and walked two in a complete-game performance, finished with three hits, including, and three RBIs. Golden added three hits and an inside-the-park home run.
Brookfield scored the eventual game-winning run in the fifth inning on a base hit by Haley Hogue to topple Niles, 3-2.
Hogue brought in Destinee May, who walked to start the inning. Lyndsey Berecek struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter in earning the win. Lauren Hawley led Brookfield (10-3) with two hits and two RBIs. Niles outhit the Warriors, 8-6. Hope Callen was one of three players with multiple hits. She tagged two doubles.
Darrin Yanek was a single short of the cycle and drove in six runs in South Range’s 15-0 demolition of Springfield in Inter-Tri County League, Upper Tier action. Yanek went 4 for 4 with two doubles, a triple and a home run in the game. She also pitched the last two innings in a five-inning game, and between her and starting pitcher Carly DeRose, the Raiders held the Tigers to one hit.
Howland scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning and held on for a 3-2 win at Edgewood. Morgan Mensey drove in the game-winning run in the sixth with a single, scoring Aerial Willoughby.
Champion’s Amber Ricci hit double with two outs in the first inning and scored off a Sierra Blackson RBI single, which proved to be all that pitcher Haylee Gardiner needed in a 1-0 win for the Golden Flashes over Lakeview.
Warren G. Harding batted around its lineup twice in the first inning in a 27-0 rout over Warrensville Heights in five innings. Alyssa Donald led the way with four doubles and five RBIs, while Rachel Stano added a three-run home run in the rout.
Alex Franken hit a grand slam as part of a 10-run eighth inning in Fitch’s 13-3 win over Conneaut. In Game 2, Conneaut beat Fitch, 2-1, and Cali Miokovich had a triple.
Katie Gue pitched five innings and struck out seven in Struthers’ 7-5 win over Beaver Local. On April 30, Poland beat Struthers, 5-2, as Aleah Hughes had two hits.
Rachel Tinkey drove in four runs and had a home run in the third inning of Canfield’s 7-4 win over Lake.
Brittany Knight and Karsyn Mullen each had a home run in Windham’s 15-3 win over Garfield.
Lauren Slusher and Kylie Stoneman each had three hits in Bristol’s 15-0 win over Grand Valley.