Monday, June 27
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    After dropping its bracket play opener on Saturday, the Vipers 16U team reeled off five straight wins to finish second at the Greg Miller Memorial Tournament in Findlay.

    The Vipers opened the day with back-to-back 12-0 wins over Blackhawks OG and Wizards 06, and then defeated Wizards Gold Orner, 12-6. They followed that up with a 7-4 win over LoCo Aftershock, and then reached the championship game with a 14-8 win over Central Ohio Ice.

    Ohio Bulldawgs Elite ended the Viper run with a 10-1 decision in the championship game.

    Shortstop Izzy Coode led the Vipers at the plate over the weekend.

    “It was nice to put everything into the game that we’ve been working on over the past couple weeks,” Coode said. “We’re a new team, with a new group of girls, so it was nice to get out on the field with them.”

    Coode batted .500 with 15 hits in 30 at-bats, 12 singles, one double, one triple, and one home run. She scored a team-high 14 runs and knocked in a team-best 13 runs and didn’t strike out in 33 plate appearances. She also stole a team-high six bases.

    “I wanted to be aggressive at the plate and hit early in the count,” Coode said. “I’ve been putting in some extra time with Coach (Christian) Verde and my hitting.”

    Olivia Sacks batted .480 with six doubles, 12 runs scored, and nine RBI. She also drew a team-high seven walks and stole a pair of bases.

    Macey McGhee hit .375 on the weekend with two doubles, eight runs scored, and six RBI. She added three stolen bases and drew six walks.

    Elena Scott and Lily Prebul rounded out the top five.

    Scott hit .345 with a double, seven runs scored, and eight RBI. Prebul hit .333 with two doubles and a triple, seven runs scored, and five RBI. She drew six walks.

    Lilly Jarc led the Vipers in the circle.

    She finished 3-0 with a 2.625 earned run average. She allowed just six earned runs and struck out seven in 16 innings.

    Scott was 1-0-1 with a team-best 1.527 ERA. She allowed four earned runs and struck out seven in 18 1/3 innings.

    “Going into Sunday, we knew we had to play great defense, score a lot of runs, and get good innings from our pitchers,” Coode said. “We went 5-1. We jelled together as a team. It was a great first weekend, and we really bonded as a team. I’m looking forward to a great summer with the team. Coach Verde and coach Jess (Kovalchuk) really know how to motivate us and do a great job coaching us up during the games.”

    The Vipers 18U team went 3-0 on Saturday but dropped two straight games on Sunday, 8-6 and 9-5.

    Nia Guess led the Vipers at the plate with a .667 batting average. She recorded two doubles, 11 runs scored, and she knocked in three runs. She also tied Bella Carcioppolo for the team lead with eight stolen bases.

    Emma Kovalchuk hit .600 on the weekend. She collected three doubles, a triple, and a home run, and she knocked in a team-high 11 runs.

    Amari Hancock hit .462 with two runs scored and two RBI, and Jensen Sminchak hit .438 with two doubles, four runs scored, and four RBI.

    Carcioppolo rounded out the top five with a .438 batting average with nine runs scored and five RBI.

    Megan Mlinaric went 2-1 in the circle and Gianna Cantini finished 1-1.

    Mlinaric posted a 3.294 ERA and allowed eight earned runs with 19 strikeouts in 17 innings. Cantini finished with a 1.40 ERA. She allowed two earned runs and struck out four in 10 innings.



    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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