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    Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin bounced back from a tough loss to North on Saturday with a 10-7 win at Crown Conference rival Padua on Monday.

    The Lions spotted the Bruins five runs in the bottom of the first but chipped away at the lead with two runs in the third and three in the fourth. They took their first lead in the fifth, added three runs in the sixth, and closed out the scoring in the seventh.

    “It’s tough when the opposing team gains a lead in the first inning and you’re down by five, but we didn’t let ourselves get down,” said NDCL freshman Bella Wooke, who went 4-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and three runs batted in. “We stayed positive with lots of energy the whole game. We picked each other up, knowing we still had a ton of game left. Each inning we kept scoring bit by bit, which overall helped us battle back.”

    NDCL recorded back-to-back singles to start the game, but the Bruins retired the next three Lion batters to end the threat.

    Padua then used three walks, an error, and two hits to jump out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom half of the inning.

    The Lions shook off the tough inning and went to work on the offensive end.

    Lucy Joyce hit a one-out single in the top of the third and Alex Mould followed with a two-out single. Wooke’s two-run double cut the Padua lead to 5-2.

    Maya Rowan’s two-out double in the fourth sparked a three-run NDCL rally. Joyce reached an on error and Becca Wooke followed with and game-tying RBI double.

    The Lions took their first lead with a run in the fifth when Bella Wooke singled and later scored on an error.

    NDCL pulled away from Padua with a three-run sixth.

    Becca Wooke singled with two outs, Mould reached on an error, and Bella Wooke singled home both runners and then scored on Sophie Hoge’s RBI single.

    Lily Rader doubled to start the Lion seventh and scored on Rowan’s RBI single.

    Padua scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh on back-to-back two-out home runs, but Mould pitched out of the jam and secured NDCL’s win.

    Mould allowed four earned runs on seven hits and struck out 12 in the win.

    Bella Wooke led the Lions with her four-hit game.

    “After the past couple of games not hitting to my full potential, I knew I needed to refocus and put in the extra work,” she said. “I put in extra time over the weekend, which definitely paid off. My hitting coach, coach (Tony) Scibelli, gave me a couple of pointers which really helped. As a freshman, I always feel like I am trying to prove myself; today I feel like I did that.”

    Rowan went 3-for-5 with a double, one run scored, and two RBI. Celia Anthony, Joyce, Mould, Hoge, Lila Baeslach, and Rader each had one hit for the Lions.



    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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