Monday, February 6, 2023

Hornets cruise to win at Cardinal

Kirtland got a strong pitching performance out of Morgan Faber and the Hornets pounded out 20 hits in a 15-0 win at Cardinal on Monday.

Faber allowed seven hits and struck out six in the five-inning complete game win.

“I feel really great about this game,” Faber said. “I've been working really hard on hitting and pitching and it all paid off. Everything was working for me and I had my team backing me up the entire game.”

Kirtland coach Paul Kucsma helped Faber get into the right frame of mind to help the Hornets stay undefeated at 10-0 overall and 8-0 in Chagrin Valley Conference play.

“I approached the game with a lot of focus and confidence,” Faber said. “While warming up, I felt good with the way I was pitching. I couldn't have done it without the support of Coach K, because even when I'm nervous he always makes me feel better.”

Hallie Ward was 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two runs batted in. Liz Vernon was 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and Danielle Davis was also perfect at the plate for the Hornets. She was 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

“It felt great to finally start hitting,” Davis said. “I've been in a bit of a slump lately and today getting some hits down felt awesome. It's been such a fun season going undefeated so far and I look forward to the rest of the season. It's been a great experience.”

Cam Garcia and Danielle Meyer both had three hits for the Hornets.

Megan Baril led Cardinal at the plate. She was 2-for-3. Allissa Nevison, Delaney Leichtman, Anne Rupinski, Madysin Ciminello and Faith Peters also had hits for Cardinal.

Kirtland travels to Fairport Harding on Tuesday while the Huskies play at Cuyahoga Heights.

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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