Tallmadge softball team's season ends in state semifinals

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The Tallmadge softball team's glorious season has come to an end.

The Lady Blue Devils lost a 3-1 decision to Lima Bath in a Division II state semifinal game June 5 at Firestone Stadium in Akron.

With the loss, Tallmadge, which made its 15th trip to the state semifinals, finished 24-4.

The Wildkittens improved to 28-1.

Right-hander Kimmy Reynolds got the win on the mound to improve to 27-1. Lady Blue Devils' right-hander Kirsten Lightel took the loss. She finished 21-3.

Bath got on the board in the top of the first.

Julia Miller drove in the first run of the game with a double to left-center field.

The Wildkittens made it 2-0 in the fourth when Kara Dienstberger's grounder was just out of the reach of Tallmadge right-hander Joanna Catalano.

That scored pinch runner Tara Herr, who came into the game after Miller doubled to right-center.

Bath got an unearned run in the fifth to make it 3-0. Ellie Dackin reached on an error in left field and eventually scored on a single by Jenna Hollar.

The Lady Blue Devils got their only run in the sixth. Joanna Catalano got it started with a double to the fence to left-center with two outs. Tori Young then drove her home with a single to center.

But Reynolds got out of further trouble and got a 1-2-3 in the seventh to finish the game.

Tallmadge outhit the Wildkittens 6-4. The Lady Blue Devils had two errors and Bath had one error.

Lightel finished with nine strikeout and issued no walks.

For more, see the June 8 edition of the Tallmadge Express.

 

 

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