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    North hot streak continues in win at Crestwood


    North hit three more home runs and pounded out 14 hits in an 18-5 non-conference win at Crestwood on Saturday that pushed the Ranger winning streak to six games.

    During that stretch, North has collected 88 hits with 10 home runs.

    “The bats are hot right now; 1-9 are hitting, no matter who it is,” said North coach Taylor Braddock. “We had some new starters today and they showed up and did their job. They’re just staying loose in the box and it’s fun to watch.”

    North scored seven runs in each of the first two innings to take control of the contest.

    Emily Zaleski hit a one-out home run to start the first-inning rally. Jess Dodd and Hailie Wilson then hit back-to-back singles and Alyssa McPeek walked to load the bases. Alyssa Gross then doubled home two runs and Aly Hall hit her first varsity home run.

    “The first inning set the tone for the game,” Braddock said. “We put up seven runs and came out on defense and gave up zero runs. That gave us all of the momentum.”

    Dodd doubled to lead off the second and Wilson and McPeek both singled. Breonna Preston was hit by a pitch and Gross reached on a fielder’s choice. Adri George then came up with two outs and hit a home run. Zaleski followed with a single and Dodd tripled her home to push the Ranger lead to 14-0.

    The Rangers added four runs in the third on three hits, two walks, and two errors.

    Crestwood scored three runs on four hits in the bottom of the third and the Red Devils added two more in the fifth before the run rule was invoked.

    Dodd finished the game 3-for-3 with a double and a triple and Wilson was 3-for-4.

    Hall went 1-for-3 with three runs batted in. She also pitched the final inning and allowed two unearned runs on one hit.

    “Aly was a true team player today,” Braddock said. “She came up big at the plate with her first career varsity home run and put the team first when she was willing to throw the final inning. She didn’t look like a freshman today, physically or mentally.”

    Olivia Augusta picked up the pitching win. She allowed two earned runs on five hits and struck out five.

    The Rangers, who improved to 9-1, travel to Mayfield on Monday.

    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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