Saturday, May 21, 2022

Harvey blanks Chagrin Falls for sixth straight win

Harvey defeated visiting Chagrin Falls on Saturday, 10-0, to extend its winning streak to six straight games this season.

The Red Raiders improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play.

“The team came out ready to play Harvey softball this morning,” said Harvey coach Betsy Hada. “We made adjustments when needed and played our best softball, which is our goal every day. We seek to take care of business and leave it all on the field. Our commitment to this mentality reflects in the results we produce.”

Harvey took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

Josie Basco drew a one-out walk and Lola Thomas and Mira DiPierro hit back-to-back singles to load the bases.

Basco and Thomas both stole home.

The Red Raiders added five runs in the third.

Again, Basco started the rally with a leadoff walk and Thomas and DiPierro hit singles to push the lead to 3-0 but Thomas was thrown out at the plate. Diane Cortes then drew a walk and Rachel Boykin singled to reload the bases. Leah Miller followed with a two-run double and Alyssia Franklin hit an RBI single. Miller scored on Avi Dolgoff’s single.

Harvey added a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to invoke the run rule.

Thomas led the way for the Red Raiders at the plate as she finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored. DiPierro, Miller, and Dolgoff each finished with two hits. Miller had a double and a triple in the game.

“It was a true team effort today with the bottom of our order contributing five RBI,” Hada said. “Plus, Leah Miller came up big with a double to centerfield and another deep line drive to right field for a stand-up triple, not to mention Lola Thomas sprinting out two ground balls to the shortstop.”

Boykin went the distance in the circle. She allowed six hits and struck out four in five scoreless innings.

Lexi Kaseler, Camille Paoletta, Peyton Pierce, Courtney Myers, Michaela Plante, and Caroline Reeder all had hits for Chagrin Falls.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, 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.

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