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    Freshman Addison Belviso’s no-hitter highlighted Mentor’s 16-0 win over visiting Cleveland Heights in the Greater Cleveland Conference opener for both teams on Tuesday.

    Belviso allowed just four baserunners—she walked two, hit another, and the third reached on an error—and didn’t allow a hit or run while fanning 13 in five innings.

    “It is definitely exciting to start our conference home opener with a no-hitter,” Belviso said. “Despite the cold weather, I was able to utilize my screw and curve, and coach Jo (Bondra) mixed in some rise balls that had a nice jump to them.”

    Belviso’s outing started with a hit batsman, but she struck out the next two batters and coaxed a groundout from the third to end the Tiger first.

    Mentor’s offense then spotted Belviso 10 runs in the bottom of the first and the Cardinals never looked back.

    “Having earned an early lead definitely took some pressure away and allowed me to settle in early,” Belviso said.

    Aubree Colón drew a walk to start the rally and scored on a throwing error after Mak Kobetitsch had singled. Kobetitsch scored on a wild pitch and Ireland Rainey and Maggie Haydu drew back-to-back walks.

    Maddy Menough hit a two-run triple and Kathryn Bouffard followed with a walk and Olivia Sacks made it 4-0 with her hustle on an inside-the-park home run. Gabi Dadante walked and scored on Kobetitsch’s second single of the inning and Rainey was hit by a pitch. Haydu cleared the bases with a double to center.

    The Cardinals added five more runs in the third, all with two outs.

    Savannah Nero drew a leadoff walk and after a pair of outs, Belviso and Sydney Cahill drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Kya Kinkaid, Chy Harville, and Sophia Smalley each earned an RBI after drawing a bases-loaded walk, and Clarissa Morrison doubled home a pair of runs to make it 15-0.

    Belviso drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth to close out the scoring.

    Kobetitsch led the Cardinals at the plate with three hits in four plate appearances. She also scored two runs and knocked in another. Nero, Haydu, Menough, Bouffard, Sacks, and Morrison each had one hit for the Cardinals, who improved to 5-3 on the season.

    “This is a special team,” Belviso said. “We all have each other’s back and play like a family, whether it’s making plays in the field or swinging our bats.”

     

     

    Steve Hare
    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, 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 IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com 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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