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Canfield 11-12 all-stars finishes third in the state

September 11, 2014
The Town Crier

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The Canfield 11- to 12-year-old softball All-Star team defeated Poland 7-4 on July 9 to win the District 2 Little League championship. The win sent the team to Ashtabula the following week for the state championship, where they finished third in the state.

In the district final, Emily Smith, KaiLi Gross and Madi Kelly all pitched well in the victory. Mary Gomez had three hits to lead the offense. Madison Impton added two key hits, and Mia Flak made numerous nice plays in the field.

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The Canfield 11- to 12-year-old All-Star team ended its season as third-best in Ohio. The team is pictured at the state championships in Ashtabula. Pictured are Madi Kelly, Mia Flak, Brooke Crissman, Madison Impton, Gwen Lesnansky, Mary Gomez, Jenna Troxil, Alexis Mettille, Aiden Orlovsky, KaiLi Gross and Emily Smith. Not pictured are manager John Gomez and coaches Ray Orlovsky and Mike Kelly.

In the state championship, they got off to a great start beating Bucyrus 20-0 in the opening game. Kelly and Gross combined on a perfect game. Kelly, Smith, Jenna Troxil and Aiden Orlovsky all had three hits in the win.

Next was a thrilling 1-0 victory over District 11 champion Ironton. Kelly was on the mound for the shutout. Troxil had the walk off RBI, driving in Alexis Mettille with the games only run in the bottom of the sixth.

The shutout was made possible by a perfect relay involving center fielder Smith, to the shortstop, Brooke Crissman, to catcher Aiden Orlovsky, who blocked the plate keeping an Ironton runner from scoring in the bottom of the fifth.

In the next game, Canfield lost to the eventual state champions from Tallmadge 3-2. Gross pitched extremely well, keeping the Tallmadge batters off balance with her change-up. Kelly and Orlovsky had the RBIs in the tough loss.

Canfield was eliminated from the tournament by Ironton 12-9 in a rematch of an earlier game.

Brooke Crissman came in in relief and pitched a great five innings, keeping her team in the game against a powerful Ironton lineup.

Gomez, Kelly, Smith, Troxil, Orlovsky and Gwen Lesnansky all had two hits in the loss.



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