BURTON–Chardon pounded out 15 hits, including four home runs, as the Hilltoppers powered past host Berkshire on Saturday, 16-0.

The Hilltoppers, who improved to 1-0 with the season-opening victory, found its stroke early as they scored five runs in the first inning.


Lindsey Leggett and Kayla Noerr both singled to start the inning and after a groundout, Madison Hauser belted a two-strike pitch over the fence in left field. Audrey Manary then ripped the first pitch she saw over the fence in right field to make it 4-0. Sarah Sutton singled and scored on Sidney Nagaj’s groundout to close out the scoring in the top of the first.

Noerr was just as dominant in the circle as she struck out the first two Badgers she faced in the bottom of the first. After allowing a walk, she struck out the final out. Noerr pitched just three innings but struck out nine of the 10 batters she faced before giving way to Sydney Murray, who finished off the five-inning no-hitter and struck out three.

Chardon added seven runs in the second.

Grace Legan was hit by a pitch to lead off the rally. She stole her way to third and scored on a passed ball.

Leggett then drew a walk and stole second. She scored on Noerr’s single. Madison Russo and Hauser hit back-to-back singles and Manary cleared the bases with her second home run of the game. Sutton followed with a solo shot giving the Hilltoppers their second back-to-back home run in as many innings.

Chardon scored two runs in both the third and fourth innings to invoke the run rule.

Hauser and Sutton both finished the game with three hits. Leggett, Noerr, Russo, and Manary each recorded a pair of hits.  Manary led the Hilltoppers with five runs batted in.

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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.