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    Mentor got off to a slow start in its 7-1 nonconference win over visiting Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin on Saturday, but the Cardinals made the necessary adjustments to hit their stride.

    The Cardinals answered NDCL’s one-run second with three runs in the bottom half of the inning and they added two more in the third and then rode Maggie Haydu’s arm to the win.

    “I told them at the beginning of the year that we weren’t really adjusting on the outside of the plate and today, after the first inning, they made adjustments and went with the pitch,” said Mentor coach Jo Bondra. “We’ve been kind of preaching that for basically four years here, and they’re making the adjustments right in time for the postseason. I’m definitely happy with the outcome.”

    Haydu got off to a rocky start with six straight balls to start the game, but after allowing the second-inning run she found her groove and allowed just four baserunners the rest of the game.

    She finished the game with one earned run on four hits and she struck out six.

    “Sometimes, she goes out there and throws a couple of balls and then she really locks in and gets going,” Bondra said. “She was locating her pitches after those first two batters and when she locks in, she’s really hard to hit.”

    NDCL struck first when Bella Wooke hit a two-out single in the second and scored when Lily Rader reached on an error.

    The Cardinals responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.

    Maddy Menough drew a one-out walk and scored on Izzy Coode’s two-out RBI single. Kathryn Bouffard followed with an RBI triple and her courtesy runner, Clarissa Morrison, scored on Gabi Dadante’s groundout.

    Mentor struck for two more in the third.

    Aubree Colón started the rally with a double and Ireland Rainey singled her home for a 4-1 lead. Menough added an RBI single later in the inning.

    Maya Rowan doubled with one out in the fourth to set the Lions up with a scoring opportunity but Haydu coaxed a groundout and Rowan was gunned down at the plate to end the threat.

    Colón and Mak Kobetitsch hit back-to-back doubles to start the Mentor fifth and Rainey knocked in a run with a groundout.

    The Cardinals closed out the scoring with a run in the sixth when Olivia Sacks hit a leadoff single and Savannah Nero, who pinch-ran, stole home.

    Colón went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored. Kobetitsch, Rainey, Menough, Sacks, Coode, and Bouffard also had hits for the Cardinals, who improved to 16-7 overall.

    “I think it’s all coming together,” Bondra said. “We’re fixing a couple of things and making the adjustments. Everything is coming together at the right time and it’s a credit to my coaching staff because they totally bought in and they’ve been great.”

    Celia Anthony, Rowan, Wooke, and Rader each had hits for the Lions.

    Alex Mould took the loss in the circle after allowing six earned runs on eight hits with two strikeouts.

     

     

    Steve Hare
    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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