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Harvey collects big road win at Fairport

Harvey opened the 2023 season with a dominating 11-1 six-inning road win at Fairport Harding on Thursday.

Lola Thomas doubled on the first pitch of the game and scored two batters later to set the tone for the Red Raiders.

“I am proud of our effort and team-first mentality today,” said Harvey coach Betsy Hada. “We have gotten our season off to a quick start, literally and figuratively. We had five new faces in our lineup. They all made an impact on our offense along with returners Lola Thomas and Alexa Bailey. We had six different players score at least one run on the day.”

Following Thomas’ double, she used aggressive base-running to swipe third and home for an early 1-0 lead.

The Red Raiders added a second run later in the first and then added three more in the second. They put the game away with three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.

“We kept the pressure on all game scoring two to three runs in four out of the six innings,” Hada said. “Overall, team speed put on a show-stealing 15 bases as a team.”

Thomas finished the game 3-for-3 with a double, four runs scored, one run batted in, and four stolen bases.

In her first start in left field, Abby Patlan went 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored.

Alexa Bailey dominated in the circle.

She allowed one run on one hit and struck out 14 in six innings. She also was 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, one RBI, and three stolen bases.

Dayanna Soto also had a hit for the Red Raiders, who host Bard College on Friday.


Steve Hare
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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