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    Chardon pounded out 19 hits in beating visiting Mayfield in a Western Reserve Conference showdown on Monday, 14-4.

    The Hilltoppers led 2-0 before Mayfield’s Angeleah Saltenis hit a grand slam in the top of the third inning that gave the Wildcats a short-lived 4-2 lead.

    “We hit the heck out of the ball tonight,” said Chardon coach Stewart Landies. “We really hit the ball well tonight.”

    Chardon responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning and five more in the fourth. The Hilltoppers added three in the bottom of the sixth to invoke the run rule.

    Amy O’Brien, Sarah Sutton, and Madison Zombory each recorded three hits in four at-bats for Chardon. Zombory finished the game with two doubles and Sutton hit a home run and knocked in three runs.

    Nicole Krakora, Sidney Nagaj, Savannah Murray, Mackenzie Kilpeck, and Sydney Murray all contributed to the win with two hits, and Nagaj and Sydney Murray each matched Sutton’s three RBI.

    “I know we’re getting better,” Landies said. “I don’t think we’re playing our best ball right now, but we’re getting better. Offensively, I think we’re peaking. From top to bottom, the kids are all hitting the ball hard.”

    Sydney Murray picked up the pitching victory. She allowed three earned runs in three innings and struck out four. O’Brien closed out the game with three scoreless innings of work. She allowed one hit and struck out seven in helping the Hilltoppers improve to 12-8 overall and 6-2 in WRC play.

    “They did really well,” Landies said of his pitchers. “We need to get Syd a little more consistent. She had four walks tonight but if she’s on, she’s tough to hit.”

    The Hilltoppers open the postseason on Wednesday with a sectional semifinal against Hudson.

    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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