Friday, October 22

    Cantini perfect in win


    Gianna Cantini was perfect in leading Kirtland to an 18-0 five-inning win over visiting Bedford in a non-conference game on Friday.

    Cantini was 3-for-3 at the plate and knocked in three runs and she also retired all 15 batters she faced with eight strikeouts.

    “I didn’t know I was throwing a perfect game until it was over,” Cantini said. “It’s something I would never have expected. I’m always focused on hitting my spots and today I did, but to throw a perfect game, you’ve got to have flawless defense behind you. Ava Puruczky was great defensively. She’s our rising star.”

    Cantini was one of five Hornets who were perfect at the plate.

    Gianna DiFranco also was 3-for-3 and Malia Becker, Madison Matijevic, and Chloe Ungrady each were 2-for-2. Hailey Valencic and Mia Osborne both finished 1-for-1.

    Matijevic hit a pair of doubles and led the team with four runs batted in. Morgan Carmosino and Ava Puruczky each collected one two-bagger.

    “My teammates really hit well,” Cantini said. “Having that kind of support helps me relax in the circle, and in the batter’s box. My homie Morgan Carmisino hit a big double in a big moment today. She’s the spice in our salsa.”

    With the win, the Hornets improved to 4-8 and travel to Lake Catholic for a doubleheader on Saturday.

    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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