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    Cardinals put it all together in 5-1 road win over North Royalton

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    Mentor coach Jeff Haase has been waiting for the Cardinals to play a complete game in all phases this spring.

    Haase got what he was looking for in a 5-1 victory at North Royalton on April 28.

    Michael Hritz pitched seven innings and allowed no earned runs, five hits and didn’t walk a batter while striking out four.

    “We took that step today,” Haase said. “We got great pitching from Hritz. I saw the boys make huge strides. …. It was the most complete game of the season.”

    Mentor senior Tyler Thompson went 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI, singling in the third and seventh innings. Dominic Dengel had a 2-run double. Nathan Birtley had a sac fly to drive in a run. Matt Eiswerth and Ricky Valeri each had two hits. Rob Mealey went 1 for 3 with a run scored for the Cardinals. 

    Mentor (9-5, 4-3 NOC) scored three runs in the fifth inning and two more in the seventh to put the win away.

    The lone run of the game for North Royalton crossed the plate in the seventh inning on an error. 

     

    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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