Elyria Pioneers go undefeated in home tournament

ELYRIA — Once Elyria got into the groove, there was very little to stop it.

In the 14th Annual Elyria Softball Classic, the host Pioneers capped off an undefeated day with 6-1 win over Sylvania Southview. Earlier in the day, the Pioneers defeated North Olmsted (11-2) and Kenston (15-4).

“Sylvania Southview is always a top-notch program out that way,” Elyria coach Ken Fenik said. “We did enough to get runs. The first run to tie it was real big; then we got confidence we could score more. Caitlyn (Minney) was pretty strong. The defense made some great plays. It was a good team win.

“We had a good day hitting. ...After being stagnant since Tuesday to get any games in and get these guys looks is what we needed. We needed the ball to be hit around and see if we are doing things right.”

After winning the first two games, the Pioneers needed a bit of time to get back into the flow. Southview (3-4) scored in the first inning. It could have been more having the bases loaded with one out and a run across, but Minney got a pop-out and a fielder’s choice to end the inning.

Elyira tied the game in the bottom half of the second inning with Haley Looney singling in Alexis Roseboro, who reached on a walk.

The score remained tied until the fourth inning with MacKenzie Phares starting things off with a single.

Roseboro followed up with a single of her own. A nice sacrifice bunt by Carly Bachna put runners at second and third. The bunt, which is a big part of the Pioneers’ offense, was important with Phares breaking the deadlock by scoring on a wild pitch.

With the slim lead, Elyria gave itself and Minney some breathing room in the bottom of the fifth.

Phares, who had an outstanding day, continued her hot-hitting by singling to centerfield to score Marie Masters and Patty Davis. Phares scored on Roseboro’s double to center and give them a 5-1 lead.

Phares swung a hot bat all day. Against North Olmsted, she had a pair of RBIs. She had two hits and scored a pair of runs in the win over Kenston.

“I get good sleep, focus and don’t worry about anything else but the game,” Phares said. “I just try to go up there and not think about anything. See ball, hit ball. Hitting well in the first two games gave us a lot of confidence.

The Pioneers tacked on a run in sixth inning before Minney slammed the door in the seventh inning to seal the win.

After giving up the run early, Minney (4-0) didn’t allow a run in the final six innings. She scattered five hits — three of which came in the first inning. She struck out five and was the benefactor of some great defense behind her.

Of the last nine outs Elyria record, eight of them came defensively.

“The defense is always good,” Minney said. “Everything was working. Everyone was nervous at the beginning, but we all settled down.”

Along with the defense, Elyria’s offense was consistent throughout the day. Patty Davis hit a two-run home run in the win over North Olmsted.

Bachna was a triple short of hitting for the cycle in the win over Kenston. She topped off the win with a walk-off three-run home run.

Elizabeth Ellis came in relief in the first two games and picked up the win in each one.

Columbia finished 2-1, beating Elyria Catholic (12-2) and North Olmsted (5-2). They lost to Southview 3-0.

Elyria Catholic, who was playing its first games of the season, had a tough day. In addition to losing to Columbia, the Panthers lost to North Olmsted 21-4.

Against Kenston, they held a 7-6 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning before falling 8-7.

Elyria 6, Sylvania Southview 1

14th Annual Elyria Softball Classic

Sylvania Southview (3-4) 100 000 0 — 1 5 1

Elyria (5-1) 010 131 x — 6 9 1

TWO HITS OR MORE — Southview: Sarah Klepzig; Elyria: Haley Looney, Holly Howser, Mackenzie Phares, Alexis Roseboro; 2B — E: Roseboro; WP — Caitlyn Minney (4-0); LP — Klepzig (2-2).

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Last Updated: 4/14/2013 10:14:19 PM EST

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