Friday, February 23, 2024

Big inning leads to quick win for Hornets

KIRTLAND—A nine-run second inning helped Kirtland make quick work of visiting Fairport Harding in a key Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division matchup.

The Hornets added single runs in the third and fourth innings to finish off the Skippers, 11-0, in a five-inning contest that took just one hour to play.

“We got off to a little slow start in the first inning but had a big second inning,” said Kirtland coach Luke Smrdel. “Fairport definitely made a few mistakes and we took advantage then we started hitting the ball. We had some very good approaches at the plate.”

The quick game helped the Hornets avoid the rain and kept them in a first place tie with Berkshire for the CVC title. The Hornets improved to 15-7 overall and 6-1 in conference play.

Jacob Boyd was hit by a pitch with one out to start the big second inning. Vinny Matticoli then reached base on an error with two outs and Andrew Hutton singled to make it 1-0. Brendan Williamson then drew a walk to load the bases.

Back-to-back walks by David Allchin and Palmer Capretta made it 3-0 and Anthony Fortuna’s double cleared the bases. Matthew Finkler, Boyd and Owen Loncar followed up that big hit with three straight singles to make it 9-0.

“We only had eight hits but it was a team effort,” Smrdel said. “We played great defense and had great hitting. It was a great day despite the rain.”

With Finkler on the mound, the Hornets cruised to the five-inning win. He struck out four and allowed just one hit.

“He was back to his good old ways of throwing strikes and getting ahead of batters,” Smrdel said. “He was back to his normal self.”

A win at Fairport on Tuesday will clinch a share of the CVC title for the Hornets.
 

Steve Hare
Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. 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.

Related Articles

Stay Connected

1,113FansLike
3,810FollowersFollow
364SubscribersSubscribe

Latest Articles

00:00:00

CVC TV: Hudson at Madison

CVC TV heads to Madison for a sectional championship game between the host Blue Streaks and visiting Hudson Explorers.

Chagrin’s Samantha Holtz defends state diving title

Chagrin Falls senior Samantha Holtz defended her state diving championship on Wednesday at the 2024 OHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships at C.T. Natatorium in Canton.

Young Huskies extend season with postseason win

Cardinal’s young basketball might be the feel-good story of the season after the Huskies defeated host Mathews on Wednesday in a Division IV sectional semifinal, 48-30.

Wickliffe rides Gabriel to postseason win over Independence

Ava Gabriel scored a game-high 29 points in leading Wickliffe to a 40-27 win over visiting Independence in a Division III sectional semifinal on Wednesday.
00:01:59

Ward leads Crestwood to postseason win at Jefferson

Crestwood’s Hannah Ward outscored host Jefferson in leading the Red Devils to a 49-28 win over the Falcons in a Division II sectional semifinal on Wednesday.