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Twinsburg Tiger softball breaks out with five victories

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: April 25, 2017 12:00 AM
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Gaining some strong chemistry, the Twinsburg softball team survived a hectic period on the schedule and did just fine. The Tigers went 5-1 in a week.

"We had a busy week playing six games and we finished the week at 5-1," said pleased head coach Chris Shaffer.

Twinsburg, 6-7 overall, responded well to the situation and it's something Shaffer is hoping to build on with a mix of battle-tested experienced players and some key newcomers.

The Tigers hosted Cuyahoga Heights in a non-league doubleheader April 22 and the hosts swept with a 12-2 win and an 8-5 victory to capture the second game.

"We swept Cuyahoga Height in the doubleheader, and in the first game, we had home runs by Alexis Lopez and Nana Hayes," said the coach.

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Lopez is a veteran junior who can play on the corners while Hayes is a promising outfielder-pitcher.

Senior Najah Thornton had three hits and scored three runs as Shaffer was thrilled with her play.

Shaffer had praise for junior pitcher Marissa Thirion.

"Thirion overcame the very cold weather and pitched a complete game for the win," he said.

Hayes tossed a complete victory in the second game, an 8-5 win.

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"In the second game, Hayes pitched a complete game," said Shaffer. "(Junior) Sara Thompson scored twice and (sophomore) Gabrielle Grumbos had three hits."

"Our schedule has been changed to accommodate league makeup games," added Shaffer.

Results weren't available as of press time for league road games at Wadsworth April 25 and at Stow-Munroe Falls April 24.

Twinsburg, 2-5 in the Suburban League National Conference, plays league games at Brecksville April 26 and at North Royalton April 27. All games start at 4:30 p.m.

The Lady Tigers posted a 20-9 non-league road win at Bedford April 20 as junior hurler Emily Adams got the win.

"A lot of girls had big games and I thought that Adams and Hayes both pitched well," said Shaffer.

Senior Kayla Grys scored four runs while junior McKenna Backo reached base five times in the victory.

Grumbos belted a home run and had three singles while Hayes had two hits and scored three runs.

Twinsburg captured a rain-shortened 4-2 non-league win against St Vincent-St. Mary April 19.

A 2-run home run by Thornton in the bottom of the fifth inning enabled the Tigers to notch the victory.

"(Senior) Katie Elnikar also had a big game (with a pair of doubles) while Thirion got the win," said Shaffer.

Despite four RBI and three hits by Lopez, Twinsburg lost 10-5 to league rival Brecksville.

"We played well, but couldn't overcome a big third inning (six runs) by Brecksville," said the coach.

"Emily Adams pitched well, but left a couple balls up in the third inning and gave up six runs in the inning," added Shaffer.

Thirion did everything in the 1-0 league win over North Royalton the day before.

The experienced Thirion pitched a complete game shutout and had the walk-off game winning hit. The game winner was a single, scoring junior Jessica Katrine for the game's lone run.

Thornton, another Tiger veteran, reached base four times in the game.

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