Amy O’Brien and Sarah Sutton both pounded out three hits to lead Chardon to a 14-1 five-inning win at Kenston on Friday.
With the win, the Hilltoppers improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Western Reserve Conference.
“Confidence,” Sutton said when asked what keyed Chardon’s offensive performance. “After playing them Wednesday, we knew what we needed to work on to improve for tonight’s game.”
After stranding a runner in the first inning, Chardon pushed across two runs in the second.
Sydney Murray started the rally with a one-out single and Sutton followed with an RBI triple. Sidney Nagaj then singled to give Chardon a 2-0 lead.
The Hilltoppers added three more runs in the third.
Madison Russo, Madison Hauser, and O’Brien strung together singles to load the bases with one out. Murray then hit a sacrifice fly and Sutton doubled home two more runs.
Sutton would finish the day 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, and five RBI. She credited her teammates for creating the momentum that inspired her big day.
“We all get excited for each other when we get hits and it keeps us in the game,” she said.
Chardon continued to pound the ball in the fourth.
Nicole Krakora led off the inning with a single and Kayla Noerr hit a one-out triple. Hauser reached on an error and O’Brien singled with two outs. Murray and Sutton closed out the inning with back-to-back doubles.
A four-run fifth gave the Hilltoppers the lead they’d need to invoke the run rule.
Again, Krakora singled to jumpstart the rally.
Lindsey Leggett followed Krakora with a single and both runners moved up on a passed ball. Krakora scored on Noerr’s groundout and then Russo, Hauser, O’Brien, and Murray all hit singles.
O’Brien finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and is now 4-for-5 with a triple and two RBI in two games this season.
“I approached the plate with confidence and I was looking to attack strikes early,” she said. “The key to my quick start was that I worked hard over the offseason and I was super excited to finally play high school softball. My teammates and coaches have also been very encouraging and supportive. A great day like today boosts my confidence because I will be much more relaxed at the plate going forward and I can just trust my swing.”
Noerr started the game in the circle for Chardon and picked up the win after throwing three scoreless innings. She struck out five and didn’t allow a baserunner.
Murray pitched the final two innings. She allowed one unearned run on three hits and fanned five.
Chardon travels to South on Monday.