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    North scored two late runs to hold off upset-minded Kenston in a Western Reserve Conference showdown on Monday, 4-3.

    Trailing 3-0 through 3 ½ innings, the Rangers scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth and one in both the fifth and sixth innings to seal their victory.

    Amanda Dobida relieved Taylor Board in the fifth with two runners on and two outs. She walked the first batter she faced but struck out the next to end the threat.

    “Being a pitcher, there are plenty of opportunities for the game to get to your head, especially in high-stakes situations like being put in to work out of a jam,” Dobida said. “Mentally, you can never let any moment of any game get too big. Personally, I try to treat it like any other game and go in to do my job. Just trusting in myself, my pitches, and my teammates is truly the key to my success in high-stakes situations.”

    Kenston got to Bard in the fourth.

    A leadoff error and a walk set up the Bombers with two runners on and no outs.

    Colette LaSalvia singled but Bre Preston gunned out the lead runner at the plate and the next batter hit into a fielder’s choice.

    With two outs, Liv Gowdy singled home two runs and Georgia Clark reached on an error that allowed a third run to score.

    The Rangers answered when Lily Namestnik hit a two-out double in the bottom of the inning and Bard followed with an RBI single. After Morgan Gross singled, Ashley Sykes, who ran for Bard, stole home, cutting Kenston’s lead to 3-2.

    Preston walked and scored on Aly Hall’s RBI double to tie the game in the fifth and Namestnik hit a leadoff single in the sixth and scored on Brynne Smith’s RBI double.

    Dobida allowed a two-out single in the seventh but coaxed a groundout from the next batter to end the game.

    “It’s always very rewarding to come into the game, do my job, and shut down the other team,” Dobida said. “Again, it’s all about not letting the moment get too big.”

    Dobida allowed one hit and struck out four in 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win. Bard allowed two earned runs on four hits and fanned five in a 4 2/3 inning no-decision.

    Namestnik and Smith both finished the game 2-for-3. Namestnik scored two runs and doubled while Smith collected two doubles and an RBI. Preston, Hall, Maddie Russo, Bard, and Gross also had hits for the Rangers.

    Gowdy and Kherington Swader led the Bombers by going 2-for-3 at the plate. Gowdy also knocked in a pair of runs.

    Quinn Robertson took the loss in the circle after allowing two earned runs on eight hits and she struck out five.

     

     

    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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