Monday, June 27
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    MENTOR—Moments before Madi Dutton threw the final pitch of the 2022 Ohio Varsity All-Star Classic, the NDCL standout added some hardware to her collection.

    Dutton, who did it all for the Lions this spring, was named the 2022 Ohio Varsity Softball Player of the Year.

    As a senior, she batted .604 with 17 runs batted in. She was just as dominant in the circle as she finished 9-2 with a 1.28 earned run average and 97 strikeouts.

    Dutton earned the starting nod for the Peaches All-Stars in the OVASC, a throwback to the 1992 hit movie, “A League of Their Own.”

    She then returned to the circle in the top of the seventh and shut down the Belles in order to seal her team’s 14-0 win.

    Riverside’s Grace Fisher earned Ohio Varsity’s Pitcher of the Year award and Perry’s Madeline Infalvi was named the Ohio Varsity Freshman of the Year.

    Madi Dutton


    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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