CHARDON–Based on the smiling faces following Chardon’s scrimmage against visiting Garrettsville Garfield, one might think the Hilltoppers might had won by the run-rule.
That wasn’t the case as the G-Men scraped across two runs to beat their hosts, 2-1.
The smiles coming from the Hilltoppers were due to the opportunity to step on the field again to play the sport they love after having last season canceled due to the Coronavirus.
A walk and a Cat Sommers double gave Garfield a 1-0 lead in the first.
Sommers struck again in the fourth as she hit a one-out double, stole third, and scored on a groundout to make it 2-0.
Chardon scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the fifth, which turned out to be the final inning due to time constraints.
Sarah Sutton, who threw out a batter from right field to end the top of the fifth, drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a groundout. She stole third and scored on a wild pitch to cut Chardon’s deficit to 2-1.
Sommers recorded two of Garfield’s four hits. She also struck out two, allowed just two hits, and walked one in three innings in the circle.
Amy O’Brien, Madison Russo, Madison Hauser, Audrey Manary, and Sutton had hits for the Hilltoppers.
Kayla Noerr pitched the first three innings. She allowed one earned run on two hits and struck out eight. Sydney Murray threw the final two innings. She allowed one earned run on two hits and struck out three.