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    The weather hasn’t been kind to the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin softball team, at least in Ohio.

    The Lions spent their spring break in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., then returned to Ohio to find out their schedule was in disarray after scheduled opponents were forced to cancel games with NDCL due to league games washed out the week prior.

    NDCL coach Tiger Alexander sought out a game for Tuesday and the Lions traveled to North Royalton where they picked up their second straight victory, 5-4.

    “It feels good to get a ‘W,’” Alexander said. “We were looking at the weather this week and we didn’t want to just have one game on the schedule, so we were fortunate to pick up a game at North Royalton. We’re a work in progress. It’s a whole new team basically, even though a couple of key parts are still the same, but it’s a whole new infield. We get incrementally better every time we go out.”

    The Lions took control early with three runs in the top of the first inning.

    Celia Anthony started the rally with a leadoff single and Alex Mould followed with a bunt single. Bella Wooke drew a walk to load the bases and Lucy Joyce singled home two of her teammates. Becca Wooke added a two-out RBI single.

    North Royalton cut NDCL’s lead to 3-1 with a single and an RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the first.

    The Lions added two insurance runs in the fourth.

    Mould and Maya Rowan hit back-to-back two-out singles and Bella Wooke drew a walk. Joyce then singled home a pair of runs that gave NDCL a 5-1 lead.

    North Royalton hit back-to-back homers—a two-run and a solo shot—in the bottom of the fifth, but Mould minimized the damage and retired the final seven batters she faced to seal NDCL’s win.

    Mould allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out four in the complete-game victory. She also led the Lions at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance and two runs scored.

    “It’s definitely a plus having her,” Alexander said of Mould. “Last year, we flexed her out and primarily had her in the circle and let her focus on that. She worked tremendously hard over the offseason, and we rewarded her with an opportunity to hit.”

    Joyce finished the game 2-for-4 with a team-best four RBI.

    “She’s seeing the ball well,” Alexander said. “She’s one of our two captains with Celia Anthony. She’s been in the program for four years and she’s been very steady.”

    Becca Wooke went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Rowan, Bella Wooke, and Annaliese Racic each recorded one hit for the Lions, who travel to Magnificat on Wednesday.

     

     

     

    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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