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Cardinal girls clobber Niles, 13-2

April 21, 2011
By Nik Zirounis
A weekend’s worth of games for the Canfield softball team was wiped out this past Saturday and Sunday due to bad weather, but that did not stop the Lady Cardinals from basking in the glory of a big conference win.

On April 14, Canfield clobbered Niles at home 13-2 to pick up its first win of the season and quell a modest three game losing streak. The largest streak that may have been stopped last Thursday, however, may have been the continuous days of inclement weather.

“As you know the weather has really been a factor,” wrote Canfield head coach Ronie Haurin in an email on Monday. “We did get one good game in against Niles.”

True to coach Haurin’s written words her team was really good against the Lady Red Dragons. If these young Lady Cardinals had one strength heading into the 2011 campaign it was the dependability of senior starting pitcher and returning letter winner Carlee Hart. Hart got her first senior season win with a two-hitter against the Red Dragons. She struck out nine Niles hitters in just five innings of work. Not only was Carlee capable in the pitching circle, but she also helped her own cause with a two-run homerun and a double. Hart’s battery-mate Laura Beck also doubled and knocked in two runs. Abby Baker brought home two runs with a double. Sarah Vrabel had two doubles of her own and an RBI. The only inning the Canfield ladies did not score in the Mercy Rule shortened game was the third. In the other four innings the Cardinals scored six, two, three and two runs. Perhaps all that waiting to get back on the field and avenge the three early losses had Canfield in a swinging mood.

“After a sluggish start this season offensively we finally got our bats talking,” said Haurin.

If the Cards bats continue to flourish then they may be able to flip their season around and start a nice winning stretch. Games this week were scheduled against Red Tier rivals Poland and Howland and non-conference foe Champion. The only thing worse than not playing well in any of those tilts for Haurin’s crew may be not playing those games at all because of more rainy weather.



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