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    Power surge leads North past Mayfield

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    Jess Dodd and Hailie Wilson both hit home runs and North pounded out 14 hits in a 12-2 five-inning win over visiting Mayfield on Friday.

    With two four-baggers on Friday, the Rangers have now hit at least one home run in four straight games.

    “Our offense has stepped up big time in these last few games,” said North coach Taylor Braddock. “The girls are taking aggressive approaches at the plate and making good adjustments in the box.”

    North’s hit parade started early as Adri George led off the bottom of the first with a single and after Emily Zaleski drew a walk, Jess Dodd hit a home run for the third straight game.

    Not to be outdone, Hailie Wilson followed Dodd’s home run with one of her own to make it 4-0.

    Madelyn Cicero reached on an error in the second and scored on a George single and the Rangers added four more runs in the third.

    Dori Siekaniec doubled to start that rally. Cicero followed with a two-out single and George doubled. Zaleski, Dodd, and Wilson hit back-to-back-to-back singles to push North’s lead to 9-2.

    Mayfield scored two runs on three hits and an error in the top of the fourth to break up Amanda Dobida’s shutout.

    The freshman went the distance to pick up her fourth win of the week. She allowed two unearned runs on five hits and struck out six.

    “Amanda has had a few strong games this last week,” Braddock said. “She’s been a bulldog on the mound. She doesn’t pitch like a freshman; she has a great mentality in the circle and that helps her. She hits her spots and trusts the pitch calling. She’s a special kid.”

    George drew a leadoff walk in the fifth and Zaleski singled to put runners at the corners with no outs for Dodd.

    The North senior made the most of her walk-off opportunity.

    “We were three runs away from ending the game,” Dodd said of her final at-bat. “Adri and Emily getting on just put me in the zone to finish it off. I went up there with a mindset of just bat speed and hitting it hard. She missed her spot and pitched me down the middle and I knew she made the mistake and couldn’t let that one go.”

    Dodd is now batting .576 after collecting 15 hits in her last 20 at-bats.

    “I’ve just been relaxing at the plate,” she said. “When I get up there and not think, that’s when the ball goes for me. The key to success is not thinking when up at the plate.”

    Dodd finished the game 4-for-4 with two runs scored and four runs batted in. George was 3-for-3 while Zaleski and Wilson both finished 2-for-3.

    “This past week, our seniors have stepped up so well,” Braddock said. “They’ve hit how we expect them to and beyond. They’ve got to keep that rolling.”

    With the win, North improved to 8-1 on the year.

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, 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 IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com 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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