The Ohio Varsity Vipers 16U team claimed the first win in club history as they downed visiting Chardon Storm on Sunday, 9-1.
The Vipers, who improved to 1-1, pounded out 12 hits to just three for the Storm.
“It was important for us to win because going into our Columbus tournament, we needed this win to have our heads high and see what works,” said Elena Scott, who earned the pitching victory.
Scott, a freshman from North Olmsted, started the game and threw three scoreless innings. She faced 13 batters and allowed just one hit and struck out four.
“Today, I felt like my curveball and inside fastball was really working,” Scott said, while also crediting her catchers for calling a great game. “What makes it work even more is having the two catchers that we do.”
Lilly Jarc (2024-Beaumont) threw two scoreless innings. She allowed one hit and struck out four of the eight batters she faced. Lily Prebul (2024-Gilmour Academy) threw the final two innings. She faced 11 batters and allowed one earned run on three hits and fanned two.
Perry’s Lilly Agostine (2023) stayed hot at the plate as she was 3-for-3 with a run scored and she knocked in a pair of runs. Macey McGhee (2024-Independence) was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI and Olivia Sacks (2024-Mentor) also was 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs batted in.
“It felt great to come out strong and get the win today against Storm after losing to Big Red,” Sacks said. “A lot of us have never played together before and I think we are really starting to play well together as a team.”
Sacks has been focused this fall on fine-tuning her swing and approach at the plate and she’s thrilled with a strong performance in leading the Vipers to their first win.
“I had been working on some adjustments to my swing in practice, so I am very happy with my performance because I was able to implement those changes,” she said. “My approach today was to be aggressive and try to get ahead early in the at-bat because I think that is when I am at my best.”
She came up clutch in the first inning with a runner at second by tripling home a run.
“My teammates set me up with a great opportunity to get ahead early in the game,” Sacks said. “It was a first-pitch fastball, and I knew it was probably the best pitch I was going to get in the at-bat. It felt great to be able to get the energy up for my team and to deliver after I struggled at the plate in our last game.”
Nora Resnick (2024-Hawken) also tripled and Lizzy Gardner (2024-Eastlake North) hit a double. Clarissa Morrison (2024-Mentor), Saxten Ley (2023-Mayfield), and Mak Kobetitsch (2024-Mentor) also recorded hits in the win. Gardner, Scott, and Kobetitsch all recorded RBIs.
The Vipers haven’t had much time together on the diamond but their talent and work ethic have the squad developing in a hurry.
“We all have jelling personalities and that is going great,” Scott said. “Everyone wants the same thing. It feels good to walk on the mound and know your defense has your back.”