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    Pecsi delivers clutch hit as Rangers top Cougars


    Sean Pecsi’s three-run single in the fourth inning sparked North in a 5-1 win at Lake Catholic on Monday.

    The win, which pushed North’s record to 15-10 on the year, was the Rangers’ first since May 5. North had lost three straight and had several games postponed due to weather.

    “It was really nice to just get out there and play baseball with no worries of rain or cold weather,” Pesci said.

    A pair of errors and a single led to a Lake Catholic run in the bottom of the second but North took control of the game with its four-run fourth inning.

    Joey Skolny singled to start the rally and Matt Barner was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Trent Bucy singled to load the bases and Devo Britsky earned an RBI when he drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game.

    The Cougars recorded a pair of outs prior to Pesci stepping into the batter’s box.

    “(Stringing hits together) was a necessity because we are a team that excels when we have momentum,” Pesci said. “With that at-bat, my goal was to get on any way possible and at least come up with one run. I couldn’t leave those runners out there.”

    Pesci hit the first pitch he saw into right field.

    “I saw a fastball a little high and outside and I managed to just put it in right field and score some runs,” he said. “It felt really good to just contribute and score some runs for the team.”

    The Rangers added an insurance run in the seventh when John Lanning and Skolny hit back-to-back two-out singles and Barner reached on an error.

    Skolny led the Rangers with two hits while Pecsi knocked in a team-high three runs.

    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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