Monday, June 17
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    MENTOR—North used a 10-run fourth inning to knock off Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin at Mentor High School on Saturday, 17-3.

    The Rangers trailed 3-0 after the top of the first inning but scored four runs in the bottom of the first, three in the third, and then invoked the run rule with their big fourth inning.

    “That was good,” said North coach Matt McPeek of his team’s offensive output. “It was a little shaky in the first inning. I didn’t like the way we played in the first inning. The intensity and energy were down, but they bounced back.”

    NDCL got off to a hot start when Celia Anthony and Alex Mould hit back-to-back singles in the top of the first and Lucy Joyce loaded the bases with her one-out single. Bella Wooke then cleared the bases with her triple to center field.

    The Lion lead was short-lived as the Rangers responded with four runs in the bottom half of the first.

    Alyssa McPeek drew a one-out walk, Amanda Dobida singled, and Aly Hall followed with an RBI single that cut NDCL’s lead to 3-1. Bre Preston faced then hit the fourth pitch she saw over the fence in centerfield for a 4-3 North lead.

    The Rangers made it 7-3 in the third.

    Dobida drew a leadoff walk and Hall doubled. Preston followed with an RBI single and Taylor Bard knocked in two more runs with her one-out single.

    North erupted for 10 runs on three homers in the fourth.

    Ashley Sykes started the rally with her solo shot over the field in right center, McPeek drew a walk and Dobida doubled her to third. Hall reached on an error that made it 9-3 and Maddi Russo hit a sacrifice fly that pushed the lead to 10-3.

    Bard reached on an error and Lily Namestnik singled for Brynne Smith, who launched a three-run shot into the jet stream headed past center field. Sykes followed with a single and McPeek doubled her home. Dobida closed out the scoring with a two-run homer to left.

    “The message year is just to be confident, comfortable, and attack,” Coach McPeek said. “I’m not going to be mad if we go out swinging and we’re doing everything we can, but when we’re sitting there taking pitches for strike three, that’s a problem. They attacked the ball today, they were confident, and when a couple of kids that had been hot weren’t hot today, the other ones stepped in. It’s good to see they played as a team.”

    Dobida picked up the pitching victory after allowing three earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts in four innings of work. She also led the Rangers at the plate as she finished 3-for-3 with two RBI, a run scored, and a walk.

    Sykes, Hall, and Preston each recorded two hits in the win and Preston posted a team-best four runs batted in.

    Bard went 1-for-3 at the plate and also pitched a scoreless fifth inning.

    Joyce led NDCL at the plate with her 2-for-3 performance and Bella Wooke knocked in a team-high three runs.

    Despite the loss, the Lions have the potential to right the ship as they kick off Crown Conference action next week.

    “I tell them to look at what we did well, and then look at things we can do better, then figure out the ‘how’ during our next practice session,” said NDCL coach Tiger Alexander. “It’s been a tough start, a challenging start, but I tell them this doesn’t define us. We just have got to get better every time we go out.”

    With the win, North improved to 8-2 while NDCL dropped to 2-6.



    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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