Hornets top the Huskies

Morgan Faber

Kirtland scored three runs in the top of the first inning of a 7-2 rain-shortened win at Cardinal on Friday.

The Hornets pounded out five extra-base hits in the win.

“We started quick and that was good to see,” said Kirtland coach Jamie Kamensky. “Our hitters showed a lot of adjustments, which is a huge positive going into the postseason.”

Emily Ungrady hit a two-run double and scored on a bases-loaded walk in the first. She finished 1-for-1 with three walks and also struck out three in three innings of work.

Danielle Davis singled and scored on Elizabeth Vernon’s third-inning double and Julia Camino, who was 2-for-2 with a double, singled and scored in the fifth to push Kirtland’s lead to 5-1.

The Hornets added two more in the sixth on Haleigh Getchell’s solo homer and Savanna Godfrey’s double, which knocked in Camino.

“We need to maintain this drive moving forward,” Kamensky said.

Morgan Faber pitched the final two innings for the Hornets.

She struck out five of the 11 batters she faced.

“My fastball and curveball were working best today,” Faber said of her outing. “I had a lot of spin and movement on the ball which was hard for the batters to track. Also, (Vikki Carriero’s) calls behind the plate helped me get ahead in the count.”

Faith Peters finished 2-for-2 with a home run for the Huskies while Kaitlyn Shantery, Sydney Hahner and Kayla Valentine also had hits for Cardinal.

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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.