The Canfield 12-year-old all star softball team recently ended its season, but what a memorable ride the girls enjoyed. Canfield started its run in the district tournament going 4-0, outscoring its opponents 54-2. Canfield's pitching staff allowed just five hits in the four games, striking out 21 and walking just three in the four games. The defense was equally impressive committing just two errors.
The Cards next advanced to the state tournament, which was held in Tallmadge. Canfield was derailed in the first game dropping a 3-0 decision to Avon. Playing out of the losers' bracket, Canfield knocked off Clyde 12-1, Conneaut 13-0, and Wheelersburg 9-0. This set up a rematch with Avon, which Canfield had to beat twice to advance. The first game was a thrilling 4-3 "walk off" victory. The following day, Canfield broke open a close game with a seven-run fifth inning to end the game 11-1 and securing Canfield's first Little League Major State Championship since 2002. After being shutout in the state opener, Canfield scored an impressive 49 runs to the opponents' four. Canfield's pitchers were the equal of the offense allowing just seven runs and walking five batters the entire tournament. Canfield's reliable defense committed just five errors the entire tournament.
Advancing to the Little League Regional Tournament in Indianapolis, competing with 10 states for the opportunity to play in Oregon at the Little League World Series, Canfield's first test came against South Dakota, where they won 11-0 in four innings. Canfield then defeated Wisconsin 4-1 and Iowa 6 -2 -- setting up a showdown with undefeated Michigan. Canfield was up to the challenge, defeating Michigan 4-2 thus securing the No. 1seed in pool A. The Cards played Illinois in the semifinal, winning 6-0, advancing to the Regional Championship. Canfield's tough loss to a strong Indiana team, 3-1, ending the girls' 10-game winning streak and its hopes of advancing to Oregon. Canfield's pitching staff had the lowest runs allowed (eight) of any of the 10 teams in the regional and committed only two errors. Canfield concluded their season with an impressive 14-2 record.
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Regional runner-up was earned by the Canfield 12-year-old girls, ending an unforgettable season. Team members include, in front row: Ally Lambert, Alana Marzich, Sydney Fabry, Emerson Fletcher, and Sidney Lambert. In second row are: Mia Kindinis, Jenna Gibson, Ally Sammarco,and McKenna Carey. In back row are: Jill Baker, Maddy Johns, and Bridget Durkin.
Team members included Ally Sammarco, Bridget Durkin, Maddy Johns, Jill Baker, Jenna Gibson, Mia Kindinis, Sidney Lambert, McKenna Carey, Emerson Fletcher, Sydney Fabry, Alana Marzich and Ally Lambert. Coaches were Kirk Baker, Tony Sammarco, Joe Lambert, Derick Fletcher and Pete Carey. The manager was Kerry Durkin.
"We are so very fortunate to have a great ball club like the Canfield Baseball Club. The immaculate facilities and commitment to providing the best opportunities are evident when we are representing the state of Ohio," Durkin noted. "The CBC's two brand new outdoor batting cages and the indoor batting barn, along with the best fields in the area, allowed us to do our job and compete at the state level. I can't say enough about the effort of the girls during this entire run. In the last game, they hit better than we did, but on another day, the outcome could be different. I am so proud of these girls. Watching their hard work and progression over the last four years has been very rewarding."