Monday, June 27
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    Vipers 18U went 2-0 on the first day of the 2022 Ohio Blast Father’s Day Classic on Friday in Springfield.

    The Vipers opened the tournament with a 14-2 win over Velocity Fastpitch and then blanked Team 3n2, 8-0.

    Megan Mlinaric did it all for the Vipers.

    She threw a three-inning no-hitter in the first game and went 2-0 in the circle. She allowed just two earned runs on one hit and struck out nine in seven innings of work.

    At the plate, Mlinaric batted a team-high .750 (3-for-4) with two home runs and a team-best seven runs batted in.

    Gianna Cantini was .667 (2-for-3) with a double and three runs scored. Jensen Sminchak and Christina Dalton both hit .500 (2-for-4). Sminchak had a triple and four RBI while Dalton doubled and knocked in two runs.

    Bella Carcioppolo was 2-for-5 and scored a team-high four runs. Nia Guess doubled.

    The Vipers close out pool play against ROC Elite on Saturday at 12:30.

    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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