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Falling Cardinals attempt to right themselves before sectionals

May 1, 2019
Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

Canfield's softball team will get a fresh start to its season on May 6 when they host Twinsburg in the opening round of the Solon District tournament.

The Lady Cardinals were the final team left out from getting a bye in that bracket. Hudson will be the top seed followed by number two seeded Solon. Conference rivals Austintown Fitch and Boardman are seeded third and fourth respectively. In fact, if the Cardinals take the better of Twinsburg, they will visit the Lady Spartans.

Unfortunately, Canfield will not be entering the post season with much momentum. The team fell under .500 for the season as it lost three out of four games. The only victory was a 14-9 lashing of Ashtabula Lakeside on April 24. In that win, sophomore Lauren Fitzgerald hit a double and knocked in four runs. Senior Mary Gomez hit a pair of doubles and brought home three. Senior Brooke Crissman collected two doubles. Senior Kalin Kovach slammed a triple while junior Aiden Orlovsky hit a double.

The three losses that preceded that lone triumph last week were by a combined score of 28-17. Certainly, Canfield's pitching hasn't been very pretty as of late even in the victories. Louisville laced the Cardinals 11-4 on April 18. Canfield lost to Norton one day earlier 12-9. On April 16, the Cardinals were nipped by Massillon Jackson at home 5-4. Trailing 5-1 heading into the home half of the seventh inning, the Cardinals got a gift from Gomez in the form of a two-run home run, which cut their deficit to 5-3. A walk to Kovach was followed by an RBI double by freshman Bridget Kelly making it 5-4. That's the way the game would end, however. Kelly finished the contest with two doubles and an RBI.

Before the Canfield club can worry about the playoffs, it must deal with a few more All American Conference matches. This week was supposed to kick off with a home-in-home showdown with first place Fitch. Monday was in Austintown and Tuesday's was scheduled in Canfield. If the Lady Falcons sweep the series, they will hoist the Red Tier trophy. A split gives Fitch a share of the crown. Needless to say, the Cardinals would love to spoil any championship aspirations the Falcons have. There are also supposed to be two games against Warren Harding. The dates for that double dip with the Lady Raiders will be contingent on how the sectional tournament goes for Canfield.



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