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Clutch hits lead Chardon past North

EASTLAKE—Chardon used some clutch hitting to score two first-inning runs and the Hilltoppers added five more in the fifth to beat host North in a Western Reserve Conference showdown on Thursday, 7-3. “Today, the ball was falling,” said North coach Erwin Hines. “We were hitting the ball well. They were playing us at the fence

Rangers blank Mayfield

After a rough start to the year, North officially is on its first winning streak. The Rangers shut out visiting Mayfield on Friday, 10-0, to collect their third straight win. “It’s important to get on a little bit of a roll heading into a tough week we have coming up,” said North coach Taylor Braddock.

Rangers get offensive in win at Mayfield

MAYFIELD—North’s softball team opened the 2018 season with six straight losses during its spring trip to Myrtle Beach earlier this month. The Rangers returned to Ohio and lost their league opener to Brush on Monday but bounced back to earn a split with the Arcs on Tuesday. That winning attitude carried over into Thursday’s road

Rangers outslug Brush to collect first win

First-year North coach Taylor Braddock isn’t used to losing. She dominated the Northeast Ohio high school softball circuit on the way to being named the 2014 News Herald Player of the Year, but things haven’t gone as planned in her first spring as a head coach, at least until Tuesday when the Rangers won at

New look Rangers have potential

North opens the 2018 season with a new coach and many new faces in the starting lineup but the Rangers have plenty of potential. “With only two full-time returning starters, we won’t be completely young but we will be a little inexperienced to start the season,” said first-year head coach Taylor Braddock, who was an

North’s Mikaela Fording commits to Notre Dame College

The 2018 high school softball season begins on March 24 but North senior Mikaela Fording already created some excitement when she committed to continue her education and playing career at Notre Dame College in South Euclid. Fording will join former teammate Kristen Peace, who signed with the Falcons last year. “I’m very excited to be

North’s Mikaela Fording sets school RBI record

North junior Mikaela Fording has just one more season of softball to play for the Rangers, but she won’t be forgotten any time soon. Fording knocked in 32 runs this season to break the school record for runs batted in during a single season. Kelsey Pacholke set the previous mark with 30 RBI in 2011. “It’s crazy,” Fording said

Rangers rebound with win at Kenston

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

North opens postseason with a bang

No. 5 North opened the postseason with a dominating 26-0 win over No. 12 Shaw in a sectional semifinal on Tuesday. With the win, the Rangers advance to a Division I sectional championship game at No. 4 Chardon on Wednesday. The Hilltoppers swept the Rangers in both Western Reserve Conference games this season. “It was