KIRTLAND—With the regular season rapidly approaching, Kirtland and Riverside played one final tune-up game on Tuesday to prepare for what they both hope is a successful season.

Riverside pounded out 19 hits in winning the scrimmage, 14-0, but the Hornets weren’t discouraged by the lopsided scoring margin. Kirtland played a challenging scrimmage schedule so its young players had the opportunity to see some of the area’s top hitters and pitchers.


Amanda Kolar and Emma Kovalchuk both went 4-for-4, each with a pair of doubles, for Riverside. Kovalchuk scored three runs and knocked in four more while Kovalchuk scored four times and recorded one RBI.

Emily Lamos finished the day 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI and Maren Kelly was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Megan Lehner also had a pair of hits for the Beavers.

Lamos went the five-inning distance for Riverside. She allowed just three hits and struck out 10.

Kirtland’s Gianna DiFranco, Gianna Cantini, and Malia Becker each recorded one hit in the game. Cantini also stole two bases and struck out two in five innings of work in the circle.

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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.