4.20.12 SOFTBALL: Cavs Clinch At Least a Share of AMC Championship with Sweep of Point Park
Walsh clinched at least a share of the American Mideast Conference regular season championship with a sweep of visiting Point Park. The Cavaliers (34-16, 13-3) opened up the afternoon with a 4-0 victory and followed up with a 10-7 triumph over the Pioneers (22-22, 9-3). Walsh, which finished the regular season today, can win the championship outright if Fisher can upset Point Park in one of four games this weekend.
Overall, the Cavs won the season series against Point Park by winning three of the four games. However, both teams would be declared co-champions if they finish with the same regular season conference record.
Kelsey Ford (Sr., Boardman, OH/HS) led the way for the Cavs in the first game as she tossed a two-hit shutout while striking out seven batters. She also went 1-for-3 from the plate with an RBI and a run scored.
Walsh initially took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the second inning. The Cavs added two more in the sixth to set the final score.
The second game was more of a slugfest as the teams combined for 17 runs with 14 being scored in the first three frames. The Pioneers took an initial 2-0 lead in their opening at-bat, but Walsh answered with four runs in the bottom half that was highlighted by a three-run home run to left field by Kendra Gerber (Jr., Sugarcreek, OH/Garaway), her second of the year. Point Park tied it with a two-run home run in the second and forced Head Coach Jamie Porter to change pitchers as Ford switched from first base with Erin Ebert (Jr., Jeromesville, OH/Hillsdale).
Offensively, the Cavaliers kept the bats red hot as they came through with three more runs in the second. Point Park scored two more runs in the third, but Walsh added the deciding run in the bottom half of the inning. After the Pioneers made the score 8-7 in the fifth, Walsh added a pair of insurance runs before closing out the game.
Ford picked up the win in both games and improved her record to 15-4 on the season. In the second game, she allowed three runs, all unearned, on three hits with three strikeouts against one walk in 5.2 innings of work. She helped her own cause from the plate as she went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Dana Brown also had a big game as she was also 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored.
It’s the first conference championship for Walsh since 2008. That year the Cavs finished 33-14. Walsh now remains idle until the Ohio Independent Championships start at a time and place to be determined.