North bounced back from Wednesday’s disappointing loss to Chardon in a Division I sectional final with a 14-8 win at Kenston on Thursday.
The Rangers got a boost from Sam Szoradi, who hit her first career home run to start a three-run rally in the second inning.
“We had a slow start to the game but once Sam hit her first ever solo home run it kind of sparked the girls,” said North coach Andrew Palermo. “I wasn’t sure how the girls would play today after suffering last night to Chardon. I was proud of the fight tonight by the team.”
Kenston took a 1-0 lead on a pair of North errors in the bottom of the first.
Szoradi’s home run came with one out in the second. Katie Rosin and Dana Turchon both were hit by a pitch and advanced to second and third on a passed ball. Rosin scored on a wild pitch and Ely Miller singled home Turchon to give the Rangers a short-lived 3-1 lead.
Kenston scored two runs on two hits in the bottom half of the inning to tie it then scored four more in the fourth on just one hit.
The Bombers collected two walks and had three batters reach base after being hit by a pitch in the inning.
Kirsten Luksic relieved North starter Lexie Genter to help the Rangers get out of the inning.
The Rangers got one back in the fifth when Kristen Peace singled and scored on a wild pitch that cut Kenston’s lead to 7-4.
Turchon singled to spark North’s five-run sixth.
Val Arnold then walked and Mikaela Fording hit a one out double to cut the Bombers’ lead to 7-6. Peace was hit by a pitch and Genter reached on a fielder’s choice.
Alyssa Moses hit a three-run homer to give the Rangers a 9-7 lead.
“I knew I had to put the ball in play somehow,” Moses said. “I had two strikes and then the next pitch was just right there. It felt so smooth off of my bat. I just expected a hit but noticing it was a home run and that it gave us the lead was such a great feeling. It was so exciting to get that home run, especially with my senior year dwindling down. Everything means so much more.”
Kenston strung together three hits in the bottom half of the inning to score a run but the Rangers responded with five more in the top of the seventh.
Miller, Fording and Moses each had singles in the inning and Szoradi had an RBI double.
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