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    No. 8 Riverside was clutch in defeating No. 3 Louisville in a Division I district semifinal at Mentor on Monday, 2-0.

    The Beavers scored two runs in the top of the first inning and then rode Clara Granchi’s arm to Wednesday’s district championship game against No. 4 North Canton Hoover.

    “That was a huge win for us,” said Riverside coach Bill Ross. “We’ve been working all year to be able to play teams like Louisville. Obviously, Louisville is a great team, so we were very proud of the girls for getting two runs early, and even more importantly, making those two runs hold up.”

    Riverside is peaking at the right time.

    The Beavers have now won 10 straight games, outscoring those opponents 105-16 along the way.

    Maddi Proud started that first-inning rally with a two-out double to left. Emi Jeras then walked and Annalies Davis doubled home both runners for the game’s only runs.

    “When you get to this level, in the district tournament, runs are hard to come by,” Ross said. “Everybody plays a little bit tighter when the games are closer. It was tough today. We had some baserunners, but it was hard to get hits. I’m thankful for the two we got there.”

    Louisville used a single and a walk to threaten in the bottom half of the first, but Granchi pitched out of that jam and allowed just two baserunners the rest of the way.

    Granchi allowed just three hits and fanned three in the complete-game shutout.

    Proud finished 3-for-3 with a run scored and a double. Davis and Olivia Powell both doubled, and Granchi also had a hit for the Beavers.

    Riverside advanced to play Hoover in the district championship game on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. The Vikings edged North in the other semifinal, 4-3.

    The Beavers hope to avenge a 4-1 loss at Hoover back on April 20. The Vikings scored three runs in the bottom of the first in that game, but they’ll be squaring off against a very different Riverside team than the one it saw last month.

    Riverside hasn’t lost since that setback in North Canton.

    “They didn’t see Clara, so they’re going to see Clara this time,” Ross said. “We weren’t playing very well then. That was the end of a four-game losing streak. We lost to Walsh Jesuit, 13-0, the day before, and lost to Mentor on a walk-off before that, and we lost to Austintown-Fitch before that. Those weren’t our greatest moments, but we’re on a 10-game winning streak now.”

    The Beavers close out the regular season at North on Tuesday in a continuation of a game that was postponed on April 17 with the score tied 0-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning. The winner of that game clinches the Western Reserve Conference title.

     

    Steve Hare
    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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