MUNSON—A five-run third inning helped Chardon beat visiting Brush, 7-4, on Friday in a Western Reserve Conference showdown.
The win was the second straight for the Hilltoppers, who improved to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the WRC.
“It’s all about winning the games in the conference and getting some momentum,” said Chardon coach Erwin Hines. “We’ve got a tough weekend coming up down in Akron so hopefully this will help get us going.”
Brush took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a single and a double but the Hilltoppers responded with two in the bottom of the second to take the lead for good.
Lexie Leggett led off the inning with a double and scored on a throwing error on Kayla Noerr’s sacrifice bunt. Noerr scored on Olivia Organiscak’s two-out single.
Halle Landies was hit by a pitch to start the third-inning rally.
Kayla Prezusio reached on a three-bag error, Jackie Adkins and Abby Martin both drew walks and Leggett and Marisa Organiscak both reached on an error. Olivia Organiscak, who was 2-for-4, finished off the rally with an RBI single.
Chardon went hitless the rest of the game.
“We’re hitting the ball, we’re just hitting it right to people,” Hines said. “We’re not hitting the gap at all. Some of them are swinging for the fence. They’ve just got to relax in there and take a nice cut.”
Brush scored two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, both unearned, to pull within striking range but the Toppers held off the Arcs to seal the win.
“Defensively, I thought we put ourselves in a couple of bad situations,” Hines said. “We had a couple of bad throws and didn’t know where to go with the ball.”
Olivia Adkins retired the Arcs in order to close out the game. She allowed just one earned run on nine hits and struck out eight.
“Olivia on the mound did a good job,” Hines said. “We were just pounding outside because we wanted to take their bats out of their hands.”
Freshman catcher Lindsey Leggett was another highlight for the Hilltoppers. She caught two Brush players attempting to steal.
“They’ve got speed,” Hines said of the Arcs. “Obviously, I coached them last year and the two girls she threw out are the two fastest girls on that team so that says a lot for our freshman catcher. I’m really excited about her.”