Becoming the first team of 11-year-old girls from Boardman to win a state championship, the All Stars beat Tallmadge 12-4 on Friday, Aug. 2 at Aumiller Park in Bucyrus. Tallmadge was the reining state champs after winning it all as 10-year-olds last year.
Despite a 51-minute lightning delay and steady rain, Logan Menosky set the table early, pitching a complete game for Boardman, striking out seven en route to a three-hitter as backbone for the state championship team.
Catcher Maddy Trell was instrumental in the win, throwing out an important steal in the second inning and making all three outs on her own in the fifth inning when she caught a foul ball then threw out a runner at first for a double play, followed by a tag at home after recovering a passed ball.
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State softball champions from the 11-year-old Boardman All Star team include, from left, coach Mike Trell, Sophia McGee, Marraya Youngblood. Maddy Trell. Gwen Lesnansky, Marisa Melewski, Carina Cummings, Jersey Gorby, Gabi Pantaleo, Maddy Demetra, Logan Menosky, Melissa Davanzo, Jenna Burns, manager Brian Gorby, and ccorekeeper Tony Pantaleo.
The Boardman defense stepped up to the task, allowing only one error in six innings. Shortstop Jersey Gorby and third baseman Sophia McGhee both made great plays to Jenna Burns at first base in the third, fourth and fifth inning to stop Tallmadge in their tracks and keep them to zero or one-run innings. Offensively, Carina Cummings got on base on all four at bats and scored two runs.
Melissa Davanzo opened up the game in the first inning, hitting a triple over centerfield that drove in two RBI to put Boardman up 2-0 after one inning. Tallmadge tied the game at 2-2 after two innings.
Gabi Pantaleo singled in two runs to break open a 2-2 tie during a decisive seven-run third inning. The score after three innings was 9-2 with impressive base running. Boardman had no base-running errors over the six innings. Coach Mike Trell preaches that smart aggressive base running is the key to winning in pressure situations.
Every girl was disciplined and focused at the plate to get good pitch counts and fight off strikes to get double-digit walks for the game, said coach Brian Gorby.
Scoring for Boardman were McGhee, Gorby, Melissa Davanzo, Marisa Melewski, Maddie Demetra and Pantaleo, with Trell and Burns having two runs each.
"These All Star young ladies have been sponges the past six weeks in regard to learning and practice reps and preparation and patience paid off with a state championship that they will have the rest of their lives," said Gorby. "The parents have been extremely supportive and made every step of the state championship special and the girls will have memories that will last a lifetime. It was extra special for Maddy Trell and coach Mike Trell to bring home a state championship. It was extra special to win a championship with my daughter, Jersey, as well."