Wednesday, May 18
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    Mentor junior Addison Siedler did it all for the Ohio Varsity Vipers 18U team in its first tournament over the weekend.

    Siedler batted a team-best .538 and finished the weekend 3-1 in the circle as the Vipers closed out the Lasers Fall Showcase at Lou Berliner Park in Columbus with a 3-2 record.

    “It was very exciting,” Siedler said. “I’m super glad I was able to be a part of the Vipers’ first tournament and be able to help them out.”

    At the plate, Siedler was 7-for-13 with a pair of doubles, five runs scored, four runs batted in, and a stolen base.

    “I have been in a slump lately and this past weekend I was telling myself all the things I learned and just kept those skills throughout my at-bat,” she said.

    She was even better in the circle as she allowed just six earned runs on nine hits in 10 innings. She also struck out 13.

    “Throughout the weekend, my changeup and fastball were working very well and I was able to strike girls out with them and be very successful,” Siedler said. “In order to keep the hitters off-balance, I switched corners a lot from outside to inside to change the directions of the pitch and to get the hitters thinking.”

    The Vipers opened the tournament with three straight wins on Saturday.

    They beat MOV Pride, 8-2, then knocked off Explosive Fastpitch Elite, 11-10, and closed out the day with a 15-2 win over Elevate Fastpitch.

    The Vipers dropped a pair of games on Saturday to Bulldawgs Elite Purple (6-1) and Legacy Adidas (8-3).

    Nora Clary (2023 Beaumont) and Bella Carcioppolo (2022 Mentor) both hit .500 for the Vipers. Carcioppolo recorded a double and a triple, scored five runs, and tied for the team lead with three stolen bases.

    Emma Kovalchuk (2022 Riverside) hit .333 with a team-high four doubles and a team-best five RBI. She also tied Jensen Sminchak (2022 Andrews-Osborne) for the team lead with six runs scored.

    Kaylin Samuelraj (2024 Solon) led the Vipers with 15 innings pitched. She struck out 13.

    The Vipers head to Victory Park in North Ridgeville this weekend for the annual Pumpkin Smash Tournament.


    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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