Monday, December 5, 2022

Tigers avenge loss to Eagles

Chagrin Falls avenged its lone conference loss with a 17-2 five-inning win over visiting Geneva on Monday.

The Tigers, who saw their 20-game Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division win-streak come to an end with a 5-4 loss at Geneva on April 11, pounded out 17 hits in the win.

“We knew we didn’t play our best game up there so we were ready today to kind of show them we didn’t play our best game,” Chagrin Falls coach Michael Sweeney said. “Obviously, they didn’t play their best game today and we took advantage of their mistakes and that’s what they did to us up there. It was good we kind of returned the favor.”

The Tigers (13-3 overall, 7-1 in league play) got things started early as the plated four runs in the bottom of the first.

Geneva cut its deficit to 4-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the third but Chagrin Falls responded with three more in the bottom of that inning.

Chagrin Falls used a 10-run fourth to invoke the run rule.

“Obviously, when you’re playing a team that has the same amount of losses as us and they already got us one time, they already had the tie-breaker, so we couldn’t afford to lose two to them,” Sweeney said. “Cole (Weiss) came out and did what he had to do. Our offense obviously helped him out. It should be fun to end the year here.”

Weiss went the distance for the Tigers.

He allowed one earned run on four hits and fanned six.

“I liked that he battled,” Sweeney said. “He sometimes creates his own trouble with putting guys on base and walks but as the game went on he got better and better. In the fourth inning, he went 1-2-3 and had a nice shutdown inning after we scored a few runs. It’s always important to shut out the team after you have a big inning.”

Jack Amendola led the Tigers at the plate as he was 4-for-4 and knocked in five runs. Hank Weiss finished the day 3-for-3 with a double and five RBI.

Vinny Varckette took the loss for the Tigers after allowing seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of work. He struck out three.

“I thought we did a really good job on the mound,” Geneva coach Joshua Hartz said. “Vinny Varckette did a nice job out there. He really got himself out of two jams and we just made mistakes behind him on both of those plays, which kind of snowballed. I didn’t want to waste a lot of pitching once it got to a certain extent. We’ve got some CVC games coming up after this so we wanted to save some pitching for those guys. If it would have been close toward the middle of the game there we probably would have spent that pitching because I wanted to get a win out of it.”

Tyler Lindberg was 2-for-2 for the Eagles.

Haley Adams
Haley Adams is a 2016 graduate of Cardinal High School. She is currently in her third year at Hiram College with a major in Communications and a minor in Writing. Haley, a three-sport standout at Cardinal, has participated in many athletic events at Hiram and plans to become a sports broadcaster.

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