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TALLMADGE -- When you operate at full throttle, hitting the brakes can be extremely challenging.
Such was the case for the Tallmadge softball team April 18.
The host Lady Blue Devils posted a commanding 24-0 victory over Kent Roosevelt April 18. The game was called after 4-1/2 innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The April 19th game between the two teams wasn't nearly as lopsided. However, the Lady Rough Riders were still overmatched as Tallmadge posted an 11-2 win.
With the victories, the Lady Blue Devils improved to 8-4 overall and 6-1 in the Suburban League American Conference.
On April 18, Tallmadge scored nine runs in the first, 14 in the second and one in the fourth.
"You have to play through it," Lady Blue Devils head coach Ed Seeker said. "You can't change things. But when the lead is substantial, you have to back off."
Second baseman Autumn Malicoat, Tallmadge's leadoff batter, was a double away from hitting for the cycle.
She had five hits, three runs batted in and three runs scored. Malicoat's home run took place off the first pitch in the bottom of the first.
Designated player Madison Rearick had three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored and right fielder Alyssa Garbinsky had two doubles, four RBIs and two runs scored.
Brianna West also had a stellar game at the plate. She had two singles and scored four runs.
Shortstop Olivia Ayres had a triple, three runs scored and three RBIs and catcher Jordyn Severns had two singles, two runs scored and an RBI.
"They're young and they're inexperienced," Seeker said of Roosevelt. "We got an opportunity to hit the ball and we did a nice job of running the bases."
Right-hander Emily Pratt improved to 4-2 in the circle with a complete-game win. She struck out three batters, walked none and allowed just four hits in five innings of work.
The Lady Blue Devils had 17 hits and committed no errors. Tallmadge took advantage of seven walks and also had a batter hit.
The Lady Rough Riders (0-11, 0-7) committed five errors. Starting right-hander Julia Cohen lasted just a third of an inning.
Right-handed reliever Shannon Larkin didn't fare much better as she lasted just 2/3 off an inning. Right-hander Kelsey Titko finished the game for Roosevelt.
The Lady Blue Devils scored four runs in the top of the fifth to take a 9-2 lead against the Lady Rough Riders April 19.
Tallmadge finished with 12 hits and one error. Roosevelt had four hits and three errors.
Left-hander Hallie Mullett struck out seven batters and walked two in six innings of work. The game was called in the top of the seventh due to the weather.
Garbinsky led the Lady Blue Devils' offense with two hits, including a double, three RBIs and a run scored.
Olivia Carey finished with two hits, two RBIs, two stolen bases and a run scored and Ayres had two hits, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.
Malicoat had a single, drew two walks, stole two bases and scored three runs and Gabbi Gray had two hits, including a double, a run scored and an RBI.
Tallmadge stole 10 bases.
The Lady Blue Devils lost to Mogadore Field 6-3 April 15 at Firestone Pony Field in Akron.
The game was called after five innings due to a 90-minute time limit. The Lady Falcons had a 6-0 lead after four innings.
Field had nine hits and three errors and Tallmadge had eight hits and one error.
Mullett took the loss in the pitcher's circle. She allowed four earned runs in four innings of work and finished with three strikeouts and one walk.
Ayres and West each had two singles and a run scored. Ayres also drove in a run.
"We played pretty bad," Seeker said of the game against the Lady Falcons. "We may seem them again down the road."
The Lady Blue Devils earned a 3-1 victory over American Conference rival Aurora April 13 on the road.
The Lady Greenmen had a 1-0 lead after the first inning, but Tallmadge scored three runs in the top of the third.
The Lady Blue Devils had five hits and one error. Aurora had three hits and two errors.
Pratt got the win in the pitcher's circle. She struck out four batters and walked two in five innings of work.
Mullett pitched two scoreless innings Tallmadge.
Gia Spitali had a single and two walks for the Lady Blue Devils. Severns drew two walks, stole a base and scored a run and Rearick had a single, a stolen base and a run scored.
"Aurora was a good game," Seeker said. "We made things happen. With Highland losing to Revere, we're back in it."
Tallmadge was scheduled to host Suburban League crossover rival Stow-Munroe Falls April 21 and Orrville in a doubleheader April 22. Results of those games were not available at press time.
The Lady Blue Devils are set to visit American Conference foe Copley April 24 before returning home to play American Conference rival Barberton April 25.
Tallmadge is scheduled to play Ellet April 27 at Springfield High School in Akron. All three games are set to begin at 4:30 p.m.
The Lady Blue Devils are scheduled to host a doubleheader with Berlin Hiland April 29. First pitch is set for noon.