4.17.12 SOFTBALL: Cavs Sweep Malone by Pair of 10-2 Wins
Walsh swept nearby rival Malone by scores of 10-2 in five innings and 10-2 in six innings on Senior Day as Kelsey Ford (Boardman, OH/HS), Jenna Rosso (Amherst, OH/Steele), and Maggie Yavorsky (Sr., Norton, OH/HS) were honored before the games. The Cavaliers (31-15) eclipsed the 30-win plateau for the first time since 2008 and have swept the Pioneers (8-22) in the four-game regular season series.
The Cavaliers scored first in the bottom of the first as Yavorsky reached on a double to left center before being brought in on a single by Chelsy Testa (So., Uniontown, OH/Lake). Malone answered the score in the top of the second with a bases-loaded walk.
Walsh regained the lead in the bottom of the second by taking advantage of two errors and scored six runs. Dana Brown (Jr., Uniontown, OH/Lake) highlighted the inning with a two-RBI double. The Cavs ended the game via mercy rule in the fifth when two runs scored on a Malone error in center field during Rosso’s at-bat. Rosso ended up at third and scored on a single by Brown. Brown finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.
Ford recorded the win to improve to 12-4 on the season. She allowed two runs on eight hits with two strikeouts against one walk.
In the second game, Malone took an early 1-0 lead with a solo home run to center in its opening at-bat. Kendra Gerber (Jr., Sugarcreek, OH/Garaway) evened it up with a solo shot of her own, her first of the year. The Cavs took the lead with a single by Rosso that brought in two runs in the fourth. That lead was extended in the fifth when the Walsh offense exploded for five runs with Kayla Marcus (So., Bergholz, OH/Edison) getting a two-RBI triple to right center and later scoring to put the Cavs up 8-1. After Malone scored a run in the sixth, Walsh invoked the mercy rule again with three consecutive hits by Testa, Hanna Dodson (Fr., Newark, OH/Licking Valley), and Kaliegh Cupka (Fr., Streetsboro, OH/Walsh Jesuit)
Erin Ebert (Jr., Jeromesville, OH/Hillsdale) was credited with the win and is now 14-7 on the season. She allowed two runs on three hits with eight strikeouts in six innings of work.
Walsh returns to action at Notre Dame College on Thursday at 3 p.m.