POLAND 16, LIBERTY 1: LIBERTY - Poland pounded out 17 hits and struck for eight runs in the seventh inning to blow out Liberty in a non-conference matchup.
Aleah Hughes led the attack with three hits, including a double and a three-run homer to center field during the seventh. She also earned the win as she struck out eight and allowed one run over seven innings. Taylor Miokovic and Meredith Testa also provided three hits for the Bulldogs (2-0), who had seven players with at least two hits.
Amy Mikulich led the Leopards (0-1) with two hits, and Kimmy Cordy added a double.
Liberty plays at Brookfield at 5 p.m. today.
BROOKFIELD 4, GRAND VALLEY 1: BROOKFIELD - Brookfield's Lyndsey Berecek pitched a two-hitter as the Warriors beat Grand Valley in a non-conference matchup.
Berecek struck out 10, didn't walk a batter and allowed just one run. Ashleigh Vivo and Haley Hogue each contributed two hits. Hogue added two RBIs. She drove in Vivo on an RBI single in a two-run third inning. Ashley Custer then singled in Hogue to put Brookfield (1-0) up, 2-0.
Katie Paskey took the loss for Grand Valley (1-1). She struck out five over seven innings.
GIRARD 6, HOWLAND 5: GIRARD - Girard's Neco Maderitz got a strike out with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning to help the Indians topple Howland.
Callie Jay hit what ended up being the game-winning home run when she blasted a two-run shot to left field in the fifth inning, giving Girard (2-1) a 6-2 lead. The Tigers (0-1) countered with a two-run sixth inning to cut the lead to 6-4. They started the seventh with two singles and then scored a run on an error. The Indians got two quick outs, but Maderitz loaded the bases with a walk before earning the strike out to end the game.
Maderitz struck out eight, walked three and allowed two earned runs over seven innings. Kylie Kulon helped ignite the offense with a two-run triple in the fourth inning. Mackenzie Teeter added two hits, and Maderitz helped her own cause with a pair of hits.
Howland's Victoria Rappach led the Tigers with three hits, including a double.
Girard hosts Struthers at 5 p.m. today.
LaBRAE 6, BEAVER LOCAL 4: LEAVITTSBURG - The Vikings took a five-run lead through five innings and held on to win their season opener over Beaver Local.
Skylar Gilanyi earned the win for LaBrae (1-0). The freshman went six innings, striking out four and walking two. Somer McCoy stepped in during the seventh inning to record the save. The two pitchers dealt with some defensive struggles behind them as LaBrae committed six errors.
LaBrae goes on the road today, playing Hubbard at 5 p.m.
LAKEVIEW 4, AUSTINTOWN FITCH 1: CORTLAND - Alyssa Nicholas had three hits for Lakeview and Taylor Waid struck out 10 batters giving the Bulldogs the win in their first game of the season.
Nicholas had two singles and a double and two RBIs on the day. In all, the Bulldogs had seven hits.
Fitch, which fell to 0-1, also had seven hits, but committed three errors in the loss. Alana Callahan had three hits and Alex Franken added two to pace the Falcons.
URSULINE 10, MAPLEWOOD 0, five innings: CORTLAND - A six-run third inning propelled the Fighting Irish past the Rockets at Candlelite Knolls.
In the inning, Lea Carroll led the way with a two-run single. Makayla Shore and Megan Ross had the big bats of the night, each with two hits and two RBIs. Dana Creatore added a triple and three RBIs.
Shore also picked up the win with four strikeouts and a walk.
Brooke Dawson took the loss for Maplewood, striking out five. Dawson and Miranda Wood each had two hits for the Rockets.
MATHEWS 5, BOARDMAN 0: BOARDMAN - The Division IV state runners up got off to a good start on the season, taking down Division I Boardman at the Field of Dreams.
Pitcher Cheyenne Eggens struck out 13 in her season debut and gave up two hits. Helping her out offensively was Maddy Nicula and Maddy Williams with two hits and two RBIs each. Karli Romesberg added three singles.
Marina DAmato took the loss for Boardman (0-1).
CHAMPION 2, NILES 1: CHAMPION - It took two extra innings, but the Golden Flashes got their first victory of the season, beating Niles in a non-conference matchup.
Champion's Brooke Culler led the ninth inning off with a walk, then advanced to third after a sacrifice bunt and a failed fielder's choice. Then, freshman Amber Ricci hit a sacrifice fly to left field, driving in Culler.
Niles scored its lone run in the fourth inning. Champion tied the game in the sixth.
Kayla Hunt was the winning pitcher for Champion, striking out three. She came in relief of Haylee Gardiner, who pitched seven innings and struck out 13.
JACKSON-MILTON 5, MINERAL RIDGE 3: MINERAL RIDGE - Jackson-Milton scored three critical runs in the fourth inning thanks to two Mineral Ridge errors, and the Blue Jays went on to win an Inter Tri-County League clash.
Taylor Thorpe paced Jackson-Milton (3-1, 2-0) with two hits, Madison Tomaino added a double and two RBIs and Paije Kiraly drove in two runs. Kiraly also picked up the win, allowing three runs on six hits with one strikeout and one walk over seven innings.
Darby Kolesar and Mackenzie Garland each registered two hits for the Rams (0-2, 0-2). Kolesar, who took the loss, also tripled.
Mineral Ridge plays Campbell at home at 5 p.m. today.
JOHN F. KENNEDY 15, LORDSTOWN 0, five innings: NILES - Zack Wolfe powered the Eagles to a rout of the Red Devils at Eastwood Field.
Wolfe was a home run short of the cycle and batted in six runs on his three hits. He also pitched two innings, as he, starting pitcher Luke Keck and Chandler Diles combined for a one-hitter.
The Eagles next face Villa Angela-St. Joseph at home on Monday.
LaBRAE 3, BEAVER LOCAL 1: LEAVITTSBURG - The Vikings' pitching duo of Blake Sprague and Peyton Aldridge combined to win a pitchers' duel over Beaver Local.
As the starter, Sprague went five innings to record the win, striking out seven and allowing three hits and no earned runs. Aldridge pitched the final two innings for the save, racking up four strikeouts in the process.
Beohm for Beaver Local (0-4) went the distance in the losing effort, striking out five batters but allowing six hits.
LaBrae plays today at Hubbard. Game starts at 5 p.m.
McDONALD 5, WESTERN RESERVE 0: McDONALD - After losing the previous day to the same team, Mike Raschilla pitched a gem to lead McDonald to an Inter Tri-County League, Lower Tier win over Western Reserve.
The senior threw a one-hitter, dominating Western Reserve (1-1, 1-1) with his fastball early and his offspeed pitches in the later innings.
Raschilla also went 3-for-4 from the plate and driving in two runs. Tommy Rebraca also went 2-for-3 in the winning effort for McDonald (2-2, 1-1).
McDonald next plays Southern Local on Monday.
NEWTON FALLS 13, HUBBARD 3, five innings: NEWTON FALLS - The Tigers pounced on the Eagles in the bottom of the third inning and never looked back to score a big win in their opener.
Newton Falls (1-0) scored 11 runs in the final three innings to put away the game early. Ethan Dunn, Derek Walton and Nate Harrah led the surge, combining for seven hits, and Logan Harrah proved to be a devil on the base path, stealing three bases and scoring four runs.
Newton Falls returns to action at home on Saturday for a doubleheader against Southeast.
HOWLAND 6, GIRARD 0: GIRARD - It was a team effort for Howland as it blanked Girard in a non-conference game.
Five different Tigers drove in runs for Howland (2-0). John-Mark Weisman, Joey Shver, Kyle Watson, Matt Doan and Ryan Fleming each had an RBI in the victory. Shver had the best day at the plate as he had three singles.
Jake Froats was the winning pitcher, going three innings, striking out two and walking one.
Kyle Harris took the loss for the Indians (1-2). He pitched 5 1/3 innings, walking five. Offensively, Harris had three hits and Evan Standohar had two singles.
AUSTINTOWN FITCH 9, LAKEVIEW 0: CORTLAND - Austintown Fitch's Austin Cooper threw a complete-game no-hitter, striking out six to give the Falcons their first win of the season.
Cooper got some offensive help from his squad, especially Scott Pierce who had a double and three RBIs. Kevin Sierra and Shane Vitullo also added doubles. Taking the loss for Lakeview was Jake Pishotti.
GARFIELD 11, KENT ROOSEVELT 5: GARRETTSVILLE - A five-run second inning propelled the G-Men to their first win of the season.
On the day, Garfield put up 10 hits, including three singles by winning pitcher Tim Schwan. Adding power for the G-Men (1-3) were Nick Jurcevic with a double and a home run and Mikey Schustrich with a double. Jurcevic and Schustrich each had two RBIs.
URSULINE 3, BROOKFIELD 0: STRUTHERS - Ursuline's Joel Hake threw a complete-game one-hitter as the Fighting Irish defeated Brookfield at Cene Park.
Hake struck out 12 Warriors en route to the victory. The one hit that Hake gave up was to Brookfield's David Wise.
Offensively, Tanner Berry doubled and singled for Ursuline.
HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN 11, MAPLEWOOD 6: MECCA - Heartland Christian took advantage of four Maplewood errors to win a non-conference affair against the Rockets.
Six of the Lions' 11 runs were unearned. Christian Sommers paced Heartland Christian with three hits, including a double, and three RBIs. Andy Sodergren, who picked up the win, also drove in three runs and added two hits.
Austin Brunstetter picked up three hits and Justin Gardner added two RBIs for the Rockets (0-1). Josh Mureson allowed five runs - one earned - over three innings and took the loss.
Maplewood hosts Ledgemont at 4:30 p.m. today.
MINERAL RIDGE 13, JACKSON-MILTON 6: MINERAL RIDGE - Aggressive base running and a six-run fourth inning helped Mineral Ridge beat Jackson-Milton in an Inter Tri-County League showdown.
Mineral Ridge (1-2, 1-1) collected two hits and three walks in the six-run fourth. The Rams also recorded five stolen bases in the game. Aaron Frantz, Christian Young and Brandon Bukoschan all had two hits for the Rams. Frantz struck out five over the final four innings to earn the win.
Four players amassed two hits for the Blue Jays, who outhit Mineral Ridge, 12-9.
Mineral Ridge hosts Campbell at 5 p.m. today.