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    Riverside hit three home runs and four doubles in a 12-2 five-inning win at Tallmadge on Monday.

    The Beavers used the win over the 2023 Division II state champion and a 2024 regional semifinalist to prepare for their own upcoming regional semifinal against Walsh Jesuit.

    “This was a great game to get us ready for Wednesday’s game with Walsh,” said Riverside coach Bill Ross. “The bats were on fire and the girls looked really focused. This win against a top-ranked team helps so much with the girls’ confidence. It’s going to be fun Wednesday.”

    Riverside jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

    Clara Granchi started the rally with a leadoff double, Milana McCaleb walked, and Maddi Proud launched a three-run homer over the left field fence.

    A two-out error led to a Tallmadge run in the bottom of the first, but the Beavers picked up where they left off in the first and added seven more runs in the second.

    Emma Wilhelm singled and advanced to second on an error to start the rally, and then scored on Maddy Kevern’s RBI single. Becca Tornow then left the yard, giving the Beavers a 6-1 lead.

    Granchi followed with a single and Proud hit a one-out double to move her to third. Emi Jeras walked to load the bases and Annaliese Davis doubled home a pair of runs. Olivia Powell followed with an RBI double and Wilhelm singled home another run to make it 10-1.

    The Beavers added two more runs in the third when Granchi singled and Jeras hit a two-out home run over the center field fence.

    “Our performance in this game just shows how much we want this and we’re ready to take on anyone,” Jeras said. “Tallmadge is a great team making their own run, so it gave each team a chance to get good reps on both sides of the ball.”

    According to Jeras, when the offense finds its groove, the Beavers are a tough team to slow down.

    “Every single hitter in our lineup can just flat-out kill the ball,” she said. “We are having a lot of fun and just cheering each other on and supporting each other.”

    Tallmadge scored a run on two hits in the bottom of the third, but the Beavers held off the Blue Devils over the next two innings to secure their run-rule victory and their 20th win of the season.

    “This team has such great chemistry and it’s a big reason for our success this season,” Jeras said. “We’re just going to stay focused on our strengths and play our brand of softball on Wednesday. We know Walsh is a talented team with a lot of momentum as well. I know both teams are ready for a battle at (Youngstown State University). Our tough schedule this season has prepared us for this moment. We’re ready to play hard on Wednesday.”

    Granchi went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and three runs scored. She also picked up the pitching victory after allowing two runs—only one earned—on three hits and she struck out four in three innings.

    Proud went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run, two runs scored, and she knocked in a team-best three runs. Wilhelm and Powell both recorded two hits, and Jeras, Davis, Kevern, and Tornow each had one.

    Davis threw two scoreless innings in the circle. She allowed two hits and struck out three.

    The Beavers, who improved to 20-9, play Walsh Jesuit at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.



    Steve Hare
    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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