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Previewing the state softball tournament
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Elyria’s Alexis Roseboro gets a hit during the fifth inning against Strongsville in Elyria on Wednesday.
The time when months of hard work are put to the test.
The time when teams have two options: Win, or go home.
On Sunday the OHSAA state softball brackets were released as teams across the state are vying for a shot at the Final Four at Firestone Stadium in Akron.
Here is a breakdown of next week’s matchups.
D-I North Ridgeville District
Elyria, which advanced to the Final Four a season ago, received a first-round bye and will play the winner of Olmsted Falls-Magnificat in the sectional final. Also in the top half of the bracket is Westlake, which also received a bye to the sectional final and will play the winner of Avon-North Olmsted.
The bottom half of the bracket features Avon Lake, Midview, North Ridgeville, Amherst and Lorain.
The Shoregals and Middies will play each other in a sectional final, while the Rangers will play the winner between the Comets and Titans in the other sectional final.
District final prediction: Elyria vs. Avon Lake
D-I Tiffin District
Sandusky will play Marion Harding for the right to play Fremont Ross in the sectional final.
District final prediction: Perrysburg vs. Anthony Wayne
D-II LaGrange District
Last year’s state champion Keystone earned the No. 1 seed and received a first-round bye, beginning its title defense against the winner of Rocky River-Padua in the sectional final.
The Wildcats entered Thursday with a 21-3 record, having won 12 straight games.
Vermilion also received a first-round bye and will play the winner of Firelands-Fairview in the sectional final. The bottom half of the bracket features Bay, Brookside and No. 2 seed Clearview.
The Clippers and Cardinals will play for a sectional final, while Holy Name awaits the winner of Bay-Buckeye in the other sectional final.
District final prediction: Keystone vs. Holy Name
D-II N. Washington District
Top-seeded Perkins will play Toledo Woodward while sixth-seeded Norwalk plays No. 3 Oak Harbor in a pair of sectional semifinal games.
District final prediction: Perkins vs. Clear Fork
D-III N. Ridgeville District
Columbia, Elyria Catholic, Oberlin and Wellington all make up the D-III North Ridgeville District.
The Raiders received a first-round bye to the sectional finals and will await the winner of Wellington-Lutheran West.
Oberlin will face Dagmar Smith and Black River for a spot in the sectional finals against the winner of Brooklyn-Elyria Catholic.
District Final prediction: Columbia vs. Trinity
D-III Clyde District
Last year’s state semifinalist Edison, along with New London, received first-round byes to the sectional finals.
The Chargers will play the winner of Western Reserve-Fostoria, while the Wildcats will play the winner of Huron-Margaretta.
District final prediction: Edison vs. New London
D-IV Fostoria District
St. Mary has a bye to the sectional final and will play the winner of Oregon Cardinal Stritch-Toledo Christian.
District final prediction: Fremont St. Joseph vs. Oregon Cardinal Stritch
D-IV Shelby District
St. Paul will play Greenwich South Central while Monroeville takes on New Washington Buckeye Central in a pair of sectional semifinal matchups.
District final prediction: Attica Seneca East vs. New Washington Buckeye Central
Can’t touch me
Avon Lake’s Annie Wennerberg and Edison’s Karyn Schmidt threw no-hitters on back-to-back days.
Wennerberg tossed a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts in the Shoregals’ 7-0 win over North Olmsted on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Schmidt no-hit Margaretta, totaling nine strikeouts in a 5-0 win.
If there’s anyone who’s locked in at the plate more than Midview’s Amanda Beursken, it wouldn’t be allowed.
In back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday, Beursken smashed four home runs.
She went yard in a 14-0 win over Elyria Catholic, then followed that up by going 3-for-3 with three home runs and seven RBIs in a 17-0 win over Lakewood. Beursken had two home runs and five RBIs in the second inning alone.
Firelands coach Judy Dostall won her 100th game Monday after her team topped Buckeye 2-1.
Her daughter Samantha pitched seven innings, striking out 11 with no walks.
Avon Lake jumped four spots to No. 3 in Division I in this week’s state softball poll. Elyria is seventh.
In Division II, Keystone is tied for fourth with Springfield, as both received one first-place vote.
Edison is No. 6 while Columbia is No. 8 in Division III.
Last Updated: 5/9/2013 11:38:00 PM EST