Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Harvey slips past Chagrin Falls in eight innings

Harvey remained undefeated in league play after scoring two runs in the eighth inning to beat host Chagrin Falls on Thursday, 4-2.

With the win, the Red Raiders improved to 11-1 overall and 6-0 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division. Harvey needs a win at Beachwood on Friday to earn a share of the league title and with a win over Hawken on Monday, the Red Raiders would win the conference outright.

“The bottom half of our order got the job done for us at the plate tonight,” said Harvey coach Betsy Hada. “Our 6-9 hitters went 8-for-15 and accounted for three of our runs and two RBI.”

Harvey led 2-0 early with single runs in both the third and fourth innings.

Alexa Bailey led off the Harvey third with a single and scored on Leah Miller’s two-out double.

Diane Cortes, Alyssia Franklin, and Lola Thomas hit back-to-back-to-back singles to start the fourth and Avyiona Dolgoff followed with an RBI single.

Chagrin Falls pitcher Courtney Myers pitched out of the bases loaded, no-out jam to limit the damage.

Harvey pitcher Rachael Boykin retired Chagrin Falls in order in five of the first six innings and struck out the side twice.

The Tigers finally made their move in the bottom of the seventh inning down 2-0.

Peyton Pierce drew a leadoff walk, just the second baserunner Boykin allowed in the game. Camille Paoletta then hit a deep fly ball to left field and made her way home to tie the game at 2-2. Kendall Guddy singled later in the inning but Boykin struck out the next batter to force the extra inning.

Cortes drew a one-out walk in the eighth and Franklin followed with a single to put runners and first and second with one down. Cortes stole third and scored on an error. Thomas then hit a sacrifice fly to close out the scoring.

Caroline Reeder reached on an error to start the Chagrin Falls eighth but Boykin retired the next three batters to seal Harvey’s win.

Boykin allowed just two runs on three hits and struck out 15 in the eight-inning complete game.

“Rachael took command of the game from the first inning,” Hada said. “She struck out the first seven batters she faced. She got ahead in the count and stayed there. Rachael and fellow senior catcher Mira DiPierro (worked) well as a duo to set up each batter and shut down their offense.”

Cortes finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a walk, and two stolen bases. Franklin, Thomas, and Dolgoff also finished the game with two hits for the Red Raiders.

“When the pressure was on in the eighth inning, Diane Cortes drew a walk, Alyssia Franklin drove a hard-hit single up the middle, and Cortes proceeded to steal third and score on an error by the third baseman,” Hada said. “Lola Thomas came up with a big sacrifice fly to plate Franklin.”

Paoletta and Guddy had hits for the Tigers. Myers allowed three earned runs on 11 hits and struck out six.

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.

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