Wednesday, April 24
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    Bella Carcioppolo had quite a weekend in Springfield in leading the Vipers 18U team to a 4-1 record.

    The Mentor graduate posted a .600 batting average (6-for-10) with a double and two triples, three runs scored, and eight runs batted in. For her efforts, Carcioppolo was named the Vipers 18U Player of the Week.

    “I thought that I played pretty good,” Carcioppolo said. “My hitting was on point I’d say, and the rest of the team did really well too.”

    The Vipers opened the Ohio Blast Father’s Day Classic with three straight wins in pool play and outscored their opponents, 29-7.

    They opened bracket play with a 6-4 win over Velocity Fastpitch and then dropped an 8-7 decision to eventual champion Pgh Riot.

    Carcioppolo had a lot to do with that success as she was effective in batting second and setting the table for the rest of the potent lineup.

    She posted a .667 on-base percentage.

    “I think I’m doing pretty good,” she said. “I really think I’m doing a great job at the top of the lineup and definitely getting my job done.”

    The Vipers are now 7-3 on the year with five players batting .500 or better.

    “I think we’re coming together really well,” Carcioppolo said. “A few of us played together before and I’m pretty close with a few of the girls on the team, so our chemistry is already pretty good. Everybody is getting along really well with each other. There’s no drama or anything. We just get to play together and have fun.”

    The Vipers travel to North Ridgeville on Saturday and Sunday to compete in the FSA State Championships at Victory Park.

    They open the tournament against SS Express on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.



    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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