Friday, October 7, 2022

Peters, Valentine power Cardinal past Fairport

Faith Peters hit two home runs and Kayla Valentine added one four-bagger in leading Cardinal to a 22-12 win at Fairport Harding on Monday.

“They had a fun time,” Cardinal coach Dennis Ikeler said of the Huskies, who improved to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division play. “We had one bad inning there but they all stepped up and enjoyed the win.”

Peters, who finished 3-for-4 with four runs scored and six runs batted in, also doubled and Valentine ended the game 4-for-5 with a triple, four runs scored and five RBI.

“Faith is my No. 1 key player and she was seeing the ball well again last night,” Ikeler said. “Her first home run last night, I could have held her up but I pushed her to home and she was able to get in there. That kid is just such a great player. Kayla has been struggling but we’ve been working with her and she caught onto it. She was seeing it really well coming in and hit two shots right down the third base line. I’m really proud of her.”

Cardinal scored six runs in the first and added five in the second to jump out to an 11-0 lead.

“That was phenomenal for us to get that kind of start,” Ikeler said. “The girls were seeing the ball well, hitting the ball well, running the bases well. They did a great job in the first couple of innings. We had one bad inning and gave up some runs, but it was a lot of fun.”

Hannah Hill and Sydney Hahner both pounded out three hits for the Huskies and Taylor Soltis ended the game with a pair of hits to go along with 11 strikeouts in the pitching circle.

Abby Miller, Lexi Christman and Haley Domen each collected a hit for the Huskies.

“That was Abby Miller’s first hit of the season and Haley Domen stepped up in there and did her part,” Ikeler said. “Hannah was up in there doing a great job. All the way around, everybody did a great job.”

Samantha Collins and Tori Nahorniak both finished with three hits for the Skippers.

Cardinal hosts Kirtland on Wednesday.

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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