Monday, June 17
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    The Ohio Varsity Vipers haunted the competition at the Monster Mash softball tournament at Sports Force Park in Sandusky over the weekend.

    Two teams—the 10U and 14U squads—finished as the runners-up in their respective divisions while the others had strong showings.

    Brielle Bretz led the 10U team to a 3-1 record as she batted .600 on the weekend with a home run, five runs scored, and two runs batted in. She also stole 10 bases.

    Kailyn Mooney, Adalynn Sedmak, and Kamryn Fern each batted above .400 in the tournament.

    Mooney hit .500 with three runs scored and two RBI. She also stole nine bases. Sedmak batted .455 with two home runs, five RBI, and five runs scored. She swiped six bases. Fern hit .429 with a team-high seven runs scored. She also stole 12 bases.

    As a team, the Vipers were successful in stealing 107 bases in 109 tries.

    Harper Bammerlin led the team with 13 steals while Fern, Evie Gehrs, and Charlotte Klekar each stole 12.

    Bretz threw the bulk of the innings for the Vipers in the circle.

    She was 1-1 and struck out 24 batters in 10 2/3 innings of work.

    Audrey Kobetitsch finished 2-0 with seven strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Fern and Bammerlin each threw 2/3 innings.

    The 10U Vipers opened the tournament on Saturday with a 15-6 win over Interlakes Pride and then knocked off the Semper Fi Bulldogs, 21-5. They picked up where they left off on Sunday with a win over InterLakes Pride, 15-9, before falling to top-seeded Ohio Storm, 19-1, in the championship game.

    In the 14U age group, the Vipers went 4-1 with a loss in the championship game.

    The team opened the tournament on Saturday with a 4-1 win over Motor City Madness and then ended the day with a dominating 12-3 win over the Akron Racers.

    On Sunday, the Vipers won back-to-back games—7-6 over Phantom Fastpitch and 4-2 over PA Lightning—before falling to the Blue Water Wolves in the championship game, 9-3.

    Elli Berkowitz posted a team-high .600 batting average with a triple, two runs scored, and four RBI.

    Jenna Janezic and Kathryn Bouffard also hit above .400 for the weekend.

    Janezic hit .455 with a double and a home run, and a team-high six RBI. She also scored three runs. Bouffard batted .429 with a triple and a home run, four runs scored, and five RBI.

    Berkowitz and Janezic both went 4-0 in the circle. Janezic struck out 20 in just 15 innings and Berkowitz fanned four in 11 innings of work.

    The Vipers 12U, 13U, and 16U teams all went 1-2 while the short-handed 18U squad finished 0-3.

    Lanie Cormell and Julia Harvey both hit .667 to lead the 12U team at the plate.

    Harvey hit two doubles and tripled to go along with her five runs scored and three RBI. Cormell scored three runs.

    Hannah Welch, Alayna Gross, and Maddy Randall also hit above .400 for the Vipers.

    Welch hit .625 with a double and three triples, and a team-high seven RBI. Gross hit .500 while Randall batted .429 with four RBI.

    Cormell led the Vipers in the circle with 19 strikeouts in just 12 2/3 innings.

    Nica Dolce led the 13s with a .571 batting average with a team-high four RBI. Gracelyn Schultz and Kyla Newnes both hit doubles while Maya Cormell and Gianna Terlop tripled. Sierra Taylor and Terlop both hit home runs.

    Schultz struck out nine in 10 innings of work in the circle and recorded the only win for the Vipers.

    Olivia Sacks continued her assault on the softball as she led the 16U team with a .625 batting average. Sacks doubled and tripled, scored two runs, and knocked in three more. Lily Jarc homered for the Vipers. Kassidy Samuelraj struck out 12 in 11 innings to lead the team.

    Vipers 18U stats were unavailable at the time this story was published and will be updated later.



    Steve Hare
    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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