Thanks to back-to-back losses to league sister Canfield and a doubleheader loss to Girard, the Fitch softball team was in dire need of a win before embarking on the Division I state tournament.
The Lady Falcons found that win on the most perfect of days. Fitch smacked Struthers 9-3 on May 2 to improve its season record to 9-11 (3-7 in the All American Conference Red Tier). Making that victory even sweeter was that it came on the team's Senior Day.
Appropriately, three Fitch seniors led the way offensively against the Lady Wildcats. Marie Bishop blasted a triple and had an RBI. Megan Carney clouted a double for an RBI and had a stolen base. Christine Holmes had two singles in the victory as well. Holmes was on the catching end of senior Tori Wise's pitches and she helped Wise pick up another win. Wise went the distance and, although she had a rocky first inning giving up three runs, she shut out Struthers the rest of the way. Also aiding the Falcons' triumphant 11-hit offensive attack against Struthers was Mercedes Pratt with two singles and two RBIs. Cali Mikovich also had two singles and her own RBI. Alex Corradi was another Fitch hitter with two singles and a ribbie. Alana Callahan collected two runs batted in.
All of that offense last Wednesday was necessary because the Falcons could only find two runs against the Lady Cardinals. Fitch was clobbered by Canfield in both ends of a home-in-home Red Tier series on May 1 and May 3 respectively. The Falcons were foiled in the front end in Canfield 11-0 due to the awesome pitching of Alexa Schmidt. Schmidt stopped the Lady Falcons in five innings holding them to just two hits. Wise and Mikovich were the only Falcons to freely reach base.
In the home end of the series, the Falcons did score two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The unfortunate thing was that Canfield came out swinging in the top half and crossed the plate seven times. The Lady Cards would add four more runs one inning later to put the game played in sweltering spring heat on ice. Seven Fitch errors certainly did not help the Falcons come up clean against Canfield that day either. Four Falcons shared the team's five hits with Mikovich leading the way with two singles. Corradi, Wise and Jess Welsh also picked up safeties. As has been the case almost every game this season, Wise once again went the distance in the circle only to come away without a victory.
The twin bill played on Cinco de Mayo in Austintown was anything but a fiesta for the Falcons. The Lady Indians piled up 30 runs on the day winning 19-11 then 11-7 in the nightcap. Girard scored every inning of the first game then carried that offense over to the first inning of game two when it scored four more. Carney tried to carry Fitch in game one with a triple, a single and five RBIs. Mikovich mashed two singles and knocked home two runs. Corradi also had a pair of ribbies. Carney came back in the second contest to slap three singles.
Wise did get some relief from Chelsea Raymer last Saturday, but still was roughed up. The Falcons (currently 9-13) will need the senior slinger to stay positive as they enter the Division I state tournament. Wise will have to be on top of her game each outing of the playoffs in order for the Falcons to succeed. Fitch was scheduled to play at Aurora on May 7 to commence the tourney, which will be no easy task. Aurora has a double-digit win total this season and always creates a tough matchup on its home diamond. The winner of that Fitch/Aurora game will advance to play Boardman. Hopefully a potential showdown with their local rivals was all the motivation the Falcons needed to pull off an upset over Aurora on Monday.