Keystone Wildcats softball reaches 800 wins

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Keystone’s Destiny Weber pitches against Edison on Tuesday in LaGrange.

The same week its 36-game winning streak came to an end, Keystone’s softball team accomplished something no other team in the state of Ohio has done before.

Keystone notched its 800th win in program history last Thursday, becoming the first team in the state to win 800 games.

Yes, 800!! Let that sink in for a moment.

The milestone came in a 3-2 win over Elizabethtown while the team was on its spring break trip to Indiana and Kentucky.

So, what does that say about the quality of the program?

“It just shows the consistency,” Wildcats coach Jim Piazza said before the season. “I think the kids in this community — starting from the younger ages up — understand that it’s not about them, it’s about Keystone softball. They see that it works, and they know what it takes to work.

“It just says a lot for our kids and our community that bought into it.”

Piazza is in his 11th season as coach of the Wildcats, carrying on the legacy left behind by Dave Leffew, who led Keystone to its first state championship in 1999.

Piazza led the team to its second title in 2006 and again last season.

“This remarkable achievement is one our entire community should be proud of, and a testament of the commitment to excellence started by coach Leffew and continues with coach Piazza,” Keystone athletic director Don Griswold said of the 800 wins.

Streak snapped

Just two days after getting to 800 wins, Keystone’s streak of 36 straight wins came to an end.

The Wildcats went 32-0 last season and started this season 4-0 before Black River ended the streak with a 2-1 win.

Star pitcher Dagmar Smith allowed just five hits and an unearned run in the win, which also snapped the Wildcats’ 43-game winning streak in the Patriot Athletic Conference.

Keystone hadn’t lost a conference game since May 11, 2009, when it dropped a 7-0 decision to Wellington.

Kaya dominant

It was a good week for Clearview pitcher Sarah Kaya.

In the season-opener against Berea, Kaya threw a one-hitter and struck out 14 Braves in the Clippers’ 2-1 win. She was just as good in Clearview’s next game, striking out 14 more while allowing just four hits in a 1-0 win over Barberton.

She also helped the Clippers to an 8-0 win over Brookside to open PAC play. In seven innings pitched against the Cardinals, Kaya racked up 16 strikeouts while allowing just two walks. Oh, she threw her second one-hitter of the week as well.

Elyria Classic

Saturday marks the 14th Annual Elyria Softball Classic.

Elyria, Elyria Catholic, Columbia, Kenston, North Olmsted and Sylvania Southview will all be competing.

The tournament begins at 10 a.m. with Elyria taking on North Olmsted on Field 1, while Elyria Catholic and Columbia will play at the same time on Field 2. Elyria will play Kenston on Field 1 at 11:45 a.m. with Sylvania Southview and Columbia on Field 2.

At 1:30 p.m. Elyria Catholic and North Olmsted will take to Field 1, while Sylvania Southview and Kenston take Field 2.

The rest of the schedule is as follows:

• Columbia vs. North Olmsted (3:15 p.m., Field 3).

• Elyria vs. Sylvania Southview (4:15 p.m., Field 1).

• Kenston vs. Elyria Catholic (4:15 p.m., Field 2).


Last Updated: 4/11/2013 11:41:23 PM EST

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