Eastwood softball sweeps Akron’s Rock Fire Tourney
Eastwood softball went a perfect 3-0, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 39-2, to win the Rock-N-Fire Tournament hosted by the Akron Racers at Firestone Stadium and Pony Field. Firestone Stadium is the site of the state tournament.
Because of rain Friday, all three games were shortened to five innings and played on Saturday, but the mercy rule would have taken effect to shorten two of Eastwood’s games anyways.
Eastwood improved to 17-0 with the three wins and a 6-0 Northern Buckeye Conference victory over Lake Wednesday, but was still unranked in the statewide coaches’ poll heading into the Akron tourney.
In the opening game of the Akron tourney, Eastwood defeated Akron Hoban 8-1 as Michaela Bunge went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Anna Rahrig went 2-for-3 and Marissa Tudor had a double and three RBIs.
In the circle, Sam Shirling allowed four hits, struck out three and walked one, while her defense did not make an error. Hoban scored its only run in the fourth and Eastwood had two runs in the second and three in both the third and fourth innings. The Eagles did not bat in the fifth.
Then, the Eagles pounded out 14 hits in an 18-0 rout over Gates Mills Hawken. Riley Patterson pitched the shutout, allowing three hits, striking out nine and walking no one.
Mackenzie Albright was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple, Rahrig was 3-for-4 with a double, Morgan Getz was 2-for-3 with a double, Krista Jennings was 2-for-4, and Cassidy Rolf was 2-for-2.
The Eagles had a 10-run second inning, and also put up four runs in both the first and third innings. They were also beneficiaries of five walks and five errors by Hawken, while Eastwood had just one error in the field.
In the final game of the day, Eastwood took a 6-0 lead after two innings, Peninsula Woodridge got its only run in the third, and the Eagles added two more in the fourth and five in the fifth to rout the Bulldogs 13-1.
Shirling returned to the circle, striking out four, walking one, and allowing three hits. At the plate, the Eagles had 13 hits.
Getz was 3-for-4 with a double, Tudor 2-for-4 with three RBIs, Rahrig 2-for-4, Rolf 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, and Jennings had a double.
St. John Lutheran Church, Williston, is hosting the Third Annual Benevolence Golf Outing at Chippewa Golf Club on June 21. Proceeds benefit the St. John Good Samaritan Fund, which supports individuals and families in the community who are experiencing financial hardships. Hole sponsorships are $50 each. Registration begins at noon and a shotgun start follows at 1 p.m. Cost is $50 and includes a meal. Call 419-836-8028 or 419-836-5514.
Eastwood players celebrate with their trophy after winning Akron’s Rock-N-Fire Tournament. First row starting on bottom left to right — Kenzie Hineline, Anna Rahrig, Michaela Bunge (holding trophy), Justina Casiano, and Caitlin Clay. Second row left to right — Kenzie Albright, Cassidy Rolf, Marissa Tudor, and Krista Jennings. Top row left to right — Samantha Shirling, Maddie Fix, Morgan Getz, and Riley Patterson. (Photo courtesy of Hineline family)