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Minster softball falls in heartbreaking title game 2-1
AKRON, Ohio – Junior Brittany Nero’s line drive to left field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning scored sophomore Morgan Orlowski for the game-winning run as Cuyahoga Heights topped Minster, 2-1, Saturday in the OHSAA Division IV softball state championship at Firestone Stadium.
The state title is the first for Cuyahoga Heights in any sport. The Redskins finish the year 23-3 and take home the gold trophy in their first trip to the softball state tournament.
Minster (27-4) was also making its first trip to the state tournament after winning its first league title, as well.
Both teams scored a run in the fourth inning, setting up a dramatic ending in the seventh or extra innings. In the bottom of the seventh, Cuyahoga Heights’ sophomore Samantha Rodriguez led off and reached on an error. She gave way to pinch-runner Orlowski, who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a ground-out. Nero then lined a 1-0 offering to left field from Minster starter Kayla Richard and Orlowski scampered home to end the game.
Cuyahoga Heights senior pitcher Meridith Chopka (21-3) struck out six and allowed just two hit in the victory. She also drove in the Redskins’ run in the fourth inning.
Both Minster hits were provided by junior Michaela Goettemoeller. Richard (27-4) struck out three and allowed only three hits in the loss.
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