Stars split county doubleheader at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — In the Bill Sferra Softball All-Star Classic doubleheader, the teams from Mahoning and Trumbull counties split the games.

Mahoning won Game 1, 6-5, while Trumbull won Game 2, 7-2.

In the first game, it was a back-and-forth battle between the two counties.

Campbell’s Dominique Gray scored the first run of the game for the Mahoning squad on a throwing error to go up 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning. Mathews’ Addy Jarvis broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the fourth inning with a two-run home run to give Trumbull County a 3-1 lead.

“Before I came here, my dad, who couldn’t be here because my brother had a game, told me to hit my first home run on the field,” said Jarvis, a YSU recruit. “I was like, ‘That’s a long shot.’ I ended up doing it, and it was pretty cool. This felt like home. I didn’t feel like I had to adjust to anything. I had never been on this field. When I was getting recruited, the field was finished.”

Mahoning got to 3-2 with an run-scoring single by Struthers’ Julia Neifer. Mahoning took the lead in the fifth inning. Both Sarah Boccieri of Poland and Kelly Williams of Cardinal Mooney scored to go up 4-3. Mahoning won game one in the bottom of the seventh as Struthers’ Khaylah Brown scored on a throwing error to win 6-5.

In Game 2, Jarvis pitched really well for Trumbull.

She struck out the side in the first inning on her way to 15 strikeouts. Trumbull’s first run of came on an error as Chalker’s Mackenzie Schwab scored to give them a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning.

Mahoning responded with two runs in the top of the fourth as both runs came from South Range girls, Hope Thomas and Madison Weaver. Mahoning led 2-1.

Trumbull exploded in the bottom half of the fourth. Jarvis, Newton Falls’ Alex Staton and Courtnie Georgalas, Brookfield’s TaeYana Ashley and Chalker’s Haley Scholten all scored in the inning. Trumbull led 6-2 after four innings.

“In the first game on our Trumbull team, there were four girls that we all started on the Thunder Elite travel team in like 2010,” Jarvis said. “That was our first travel team and it was cool to end our high school careers together since that is how it started.”

Now Jarvis will go right into her summer program to get ready for year first collegiate season of softball for YSU.

“I took a break from the end of the season until yesterday because I played in the Northeast Ohio senior All-Star game,” she said. “I’ll be pitching, hitting and then playing on the weekends with my travel team. Coming into the season, I didn’t know what to expect being on a new team. It’s really cool to be on the state team and I’m just grateful.”