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    Russo homers pace Chardon to win over Padua

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    Chardon’s home run hitting spree continued on Monday as Madison Russo hit a pair of four-baggers to lead the Hilltoppers to an 8-0 win at Padua on Monday.

    The Hilltoppers hit four home runs in their season-opening win on Saturday and now have six on the year.

    “The kids were all aggressive tonight at the plate, which was great to see,” said Chardon coach Stewart Landies. “Madi Russo hits the ball as hard as anyone in the area and man did she crush a few tonight.”

    Chardon took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Sydney Murray singled and Sidney Nagaj tripled her home. Jadyn Tarantino then laid down a bunt to score Nagaz.

    Kayla Noerr hit a one-out single in the third and Russo followed that up with a homer to left to make it 4-0.

    “It felt super good,” Russo said of the big day at the plate. “I am beyond happy to be back on the field and I cannot wait for what’s next. My team and I walked off the bus and we were very dialed in and super pumped. Having my team behind me at all costs keeps me super relaxed.”

    Chardon then manufactured two runs in the fourth.

    Nagaj led off the inning by reaching on an error and Tarantino and Grace Legan both singled to load the bases with no outs. Lindsey Leggett earned an RBI when she was hit by a pitch and Russo reached on an error that scored another run.

    The Hilltoppers added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth after Noerr opened the inning with a double and Russo hit the ball over the center-field fence.

    “The first at bat, she threw me a bunch of changeups so I knew what was coming my second at bat,” Russo said. “My third at bat, I assumed she was going to throw me fastballs from what happened in my second at bat so I knew to adjust.”

    Russo and Murray both ended the game with three hits.

    “It was great to see Sydney Murray get three hits tonight too,” Landies said. “She has such a strong bat and as her confidence grows she is going to be a force in the middle of our lineup.”

    Noerr, Tarantino, and Legan each had two hits in the game.

    As a team, Chardon pounded out 15 hits and Noerr allowed just two in seven innings pitched. She struck out 13 Padua hitters and now has 22 strikeouts in 10 innings over Chardon’s first two games.

    “We scored a lot of runs in the beginning of the game so it took a lot of pressure off of me and the rest of the team,” Noerr said. “I knew the girls behind me had my back and Madi helps me a ton behind the plate, which is so helpful.”

    Chardon hosts Kenston on Wednesday.

    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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