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    Mentor pounded out 12 hits in an 11-6 win over South Allegheny at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Wednesday.

    The Cardinals snapped a two-game skid in improving to 2-2 on the year.

    “That’s kind of our game, our offense,” said Mentor coach Jo Bondra. “We’ve been looking forward to the pieces coming together and they really did. Aubree Colón, our center fielder, was absolutely on fire. She had two triples, two walks, and a stolen base, which then led Mak (Kobetitsch) to four RBI, right where she left off last year, so she was right back into that putting the ball on the ground and just causing chaos. We were able to advance runners and that helped us score some runs. We got some other big hits along the way, and that was awesome to see, especially under the lights at night.”

    After South Allegheny plated a run on three hits and a walk in the top of the first, the Cardinals responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.

    Colón hit a leadoff triple and scored on the first of Kobetitsch’s four hits. Maggie Haydu reached on an error with one out in the inning and Izzy Coode grounded into a fielder’s choice that allowed Kobetitsch to score giving Mentor a 2-1 lead. Coode made it 3-1 when she scored on an error.

    The Gladiators hit back-to-back two-out singles in the top of the second to pull to within 3-2, but again the Cardinals responded with a big inning.

    Gabi Dadante hit a one-out single and scored on Colón’s second three-bagger of the game. Kobetitsch then reached on an RBI bunt single, and Ireland Rainey singled her home to make it 6-2. Haydu followed with an RBI triple that gave the Cardinals a five-run cushion.

    A pair of extra-base hits led to two South Allegheny runs in the top of the third but Mentor countered with two more runs of its own.

    Dadante hit an inside-the-park home run with two outs in the bottom of the third and Kobetitsch singled home Colón, who walked leaving Mentor up 9-4 after three.

    “She crushed it,” Bondra said of Dadante’s homer. “The fences were like 325, but she absolutely crushed it.”

    Both teams went quietly in the fourth, but Mentor struck for two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth.

    Colón drew a two-out walk and stole second. Kobetitsch followed with an RBI single and she scored on Rainey’s RBI single.

    South Allegheny had its first three batters reach in the top of the seventh on a hit by pitch and back-to-back triples, but Olivia Sacks threw out one runner trying to extend her triple into a home run and Belviso coaxed back-to-back fly balls that ended the game.

    Kobetitsch finished the game 4-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBI. Colón was 2-for-2 with two triples, two walks, four runs scored, and an RBI. Dadante finished the game 2-for-3 with a home run, and RBI, and two runs scored. Rainey and Haydu both went 2-for-4.

    Belviso went the distance in the circle.

    She allowed five earned runs on 11 hits and fanned two.

    “They’re a good hitting team,” Bondra said of the Gladiators. “(Belviso) was throwing certain pitches trying to keep them off balance and moved the ball around. When she settles in, and lets our defense play, she’ll come through for us and that’s what she did.”

    Mentor will play two games on Thursday with the first against Westerville North (Ohio) at 1:30 p.m.

     

     

     

    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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