Austintown Fitch softball headed to regional
The Austintown Fitch Falcons won their first Division I district championship since 2005 as they defeated the Aurora Greenmen, 5-2.
The Falcons tallied only four hits in the game, however, three came by means of the longball.
Cali Mikovich had two home runs and four of the team’s five RBIs. The fifth RBI came off the bat of Gabby Butcher when she hit one out in the fourth inning.
The Fitch defense did its part supporting winning pitcher Alex Franken by getting out of multiple jams and stranding 10 Greenmen runners.
The Falcons play the winner of Medina and Brunswick.
In Division II, the district final will feature the third meeting of the Canfield Cardinals and the Poland Bulldogs, as the two teams both won in the semifinal round Wednesday.
Canfield defeated Hubbard, 2-0, and Poland beat West Branch, 5-0.
For Canfield, Abby Baker pitched a three-hit shutout and helped her cause with a triple.
Kasie Serich, who also gave up only three hits, and the Poland defense received more support from the Bulldogs offense. The Bulldogs had nine hits, including four players recording a double.
The two teams will take the field today in Alliance for a trip to regionals.
The Maplewood Rockets fell one win short of playing for the Division IV district championship. The Cuyahoga Heights Redskins won the semifinal matchup, 10-0.
The bats for Maplewood had trouble getting runners on base against Redskins pitcher Zac Lowther. The Rockets struck out 13 times and recorded only three hits.
The six-inning remained close through the first three innings. Maplewood pitcher Kevin Jones struck out five in the effort, but the wheels fell off for the Rockets in the fourth. The Redskins piled on the runs in the fourth and fifth innings, where they scored four and five runs, respectively. Cuyahoga Heights moves on to the district final Thursday night against the winner of Newbury and Fairport Harbor.
Maplewood finished as the top seed in the east portion of the district and ended the season with a 17-12 record.