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.

It’s that time of year again.

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.

Power display

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.

Century mark

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.

Rank ‘em

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.



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Last Updated: 5/9/2013 11:38:00 PM EST

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