Monday, June 17
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    Olivia Powell went 3-for-3 with a double and a home run and she knocked in three runs in leading Riverside to a 9-2 win at Kenston on Monday.

    With the win, the Beavers improved to 10-8 overall and stayed in the hunt for the Western Reserve Conference title by improving to 3-1 in league play.

    “Winning this game was super important, not only for the WRC but for our team’s confidence,” Powell said. “Last week, we saw some awesome competition, and although we lost a few, we were able to bounce back today, which is amazing.”

    Riverside jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the third, thanks to Becca Tornow’s leadoff home run.

    “I was trying to be very aggressive at the plate because I was leading off the inning and I wanted to put some more runs on the board,” Tornow said. “The pitch I saw was coming inside and as soon as I hit it, I knew that it was gone.”

    Clara Granchi drew a walk and Milana McCaleb was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced a base on a fielder’s choice and Emi Jeras loaded the bases when she drew a walk. Emma Wilhelm’s groundout made it 2-0 and Powell drew a bases-loaded walk. Kim Hedrick then reached on an error that pushed the Riverside lead to 4-0.

    Kenston rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth when Madison Schmoldt singled and Angela Kale hit a home run over the center field fence.

    The Beavers put the game out of reach with five runs in the sixth.

    Tornow was hit by a pitch to start the rally and McCaleb singled and Maddi Proud walked with one out to load the bases. Wilhelm followed with a two-run single, and Powell cleared the bases with a home run over the left-field fence.

    “With the count being 1-2, I was prepared to defend anything,” she said. “I saw the pitch, and it was high and down the middle. I knew my team needed me, and I just needed to put something in play. I kept my hands up and swung, and I knew as soon as it hit the bat that it was gone.”

    Granchi retired the final six Kenston batters she faced to seal Riverside’s win.

    She allowed two earned runs on three hits and struck out 11.

    Powell led the Beavers at the plate with her big day, including a run scored and a team-high three batted in.

    “I am satisfied with my performance at the plate today,” Powell said. “Hitting is contagious, and I feel my double helped my team rally in the third inning, and my home run helped settle us down and put us in a more comfortable position than we were.”

    Powell has batted .625 (5-for-8) over her last three games with two doubles, a home run, and three RBI.

    “I am playing with a lot of confidence right now at this point in the season,” Powell said. “At the beginning of the season, my confidence was low due to just coming out of recovery from an ACL injury. However, knowing that my team and coaches are always there for me has really helped. They have helped me through the highs and lows, and they have really helped me get my confidence back.”

    Tornow went 1-for-3 with the home run and two runs scored. Granchi, McCaleb, Proud, and Wilhelm also had hits for the Beavers, who host Chardon on Tuesday.

    Schmoldt, Kale, and Colette LaSalvia each had a hit for the Bombers, who dropped to 6-8.


    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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