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Inconsistency at the plate plaguing Lady Cardinals

April 17, 2019
Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

It's certainly been a hot and cold season so far for the Canfield softball team.

In its four wins, Canfield has collected 51 runs for an average of almost 13 runs per contest. Conversely, the Lady Cardinals have been held to just 16 runs in their six setbacks for an average of two runs per loss. To say the Cardinals' offense has been somewhat schizophrenic would be an understatement.

Let's start with the hot part of the season. The Cardinals clobbered Howland 20-10 on April 2 in a contest that had a final score that much more resembled a game that would take place on Bob Dove Field in early October. Senior Kalin Kovach crushed a home run and knocked home four runs for the winners. Seniors Mallory Vaclav and Amber Rose and junior Madi Kelly all had two hits. Kelly's two hits drove in two runs. Rose's ledger included a double and she had three RBIs.

Kovach was queen again a week later when the Cardinals crossed the plate 15 times in a wild 15-13 win at Ashtabula Lakeside. The outstanding outfielder belted two homers, scored four runs and had four ribbies to lead Canfield's offensive outburst. The Lady Dragons enjoyed a 3-2 lead after one inning, then went on to score 10 runs in the bottom of the second. Although they were down 13-2 the Cardinals would not cave in. They scored four runs in the top of the third, three times in the fifth and six more in the sixth to storm back and shock their hosts.

Now for the cold part of the campaign. Canfield's kids could only muster three runs total in early April losses at Uniontown Lake and Howland. Then last weekend, the bats went nearly silent in a doubleheader in North Canton. The Cardinals scored one run over 15 innings as they were sent back home with upsetting losses to Stow-Munroe Falls and North Canton Hoover.

The opener against the Lady Bulldogs was actually one of the better played games by Canfield this season. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie through seven stanzas. Finally, Stow shot home two runs in the top of the eighth inning to win a 3-1 extra inning affair. Freshman Bayann Jadallah was called on to make her first-ever varsity start in the pitching circle and gave the Cardinals' coaching staff some hope for the future. She scattered six hits, struck out five and only walked one. Another freshman, Bridget Kelly collected two hits for Canfield.

The nightcap against the host school wasn't as closely contested as the game against Stow. Hoover dominated both at the plate and on the bump as it crushed Canfield 8-1. Senior Mary Gomez had a couple hits for the Cards, but hits were hard to come by all day for the local ladies.

Obscene April weather was being called for this week, but if the softball season is to continue Canfield will attempt to jump start its offense against three out of town schools with strong pedigrees. Mighty Massillon Jackson was scheduled to visit Canfield on Tuesday. State power Norton makes its way to town on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Redbirds are supposed to fly down to perennial playoff contender Louisville. Those games will serve as hearty appetizers for Canfield's main course home-in-home series with Austintown Fitch next week. With two losses in the Red Tier already, a sweep of the league leading Lady Falcons will be of vast importance if Canfield hopes to keep its All American conference championship goals alive.



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