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    Perry opened the Jefferson District tournament with a 9-2 win over visiting West Geauga on Tuesday.

    Madeline Infalvi, Elise Strahan, and Gigi Vicini each had three hits in the win.

    “It was really exciting to get out there and kick off our first game of the postseason with a win, and it meant a lot to us because it was Senior Night also,” Strahan said. “There were some jitters at first, but once we settled in and got our bats going we pulled ahead and kept extending our lead every inning and were able to come out with the win.”

    The Pirates and Wolverines traded runs in the first inning.

    Shea Malone hit an RBI double for the Wolverines in the top half of the inning and the Pirates responded with an RBI single from Strahan.

    Perry then scored six unanswered runs to pull away from the Wolverines.

    Rosalyn Tharp singled and Faith Hartman walked to start the Perry second and then Infalvi hit a two-run single.

    Vicini doubled to start the Perry third and Calli Thompson singled. Lilly Agostine reached on an error that pushed the Perry lead to 4-1 and the Pirates added a run on a Tharp groundout.

    Infalvi and Strahan hit back-to-back singles to push across another run in the fourth and Tharp hit a solo homer in the fifth.

    West Geauga’s Madison Fink homered in the sixth but the Pirates closed out the game with two more runs.

    Infalvi, Strahan, and Tharp each knocked in two runs for the Pirates.

    “Stepping up to the plate, my approach is always aggressive and ready to do whatever it takes to get on or move a runner,” Strahan said. “For me, I always try to work the count to let Maddie steal a few bases and get in scoring position to take an early lead, and then go to work to drive her in. I try to make something happen for the team every at-bat, whether it ends up being a hit for me or a sacrifice. When I’m up to bat, I really try to focus on seeing the ball out of the pitcher’s hand to have good contact and hit with power.”

    Hartman and Mia Ward split the pitching duties.

    Hartman allowed one unearned run on one hit and struck out four in five innings of work. Ward allowed one run on two hits in two innings.

    The eighth-seeded Pirates advanced to play at No. 7 Aurora in a sectional final on Thursday.



    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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