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.

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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.