ASHLAND — The Ohio Storm ‘08 won another tournament Sunday, the Black Widows Summer Classic in Ashland.
The Storm downed Buckeye Charge, 12-4, in the championship game. Trailing 4-2 early, the Storm took an 8-4 lead in the fourth inning, scoring six runs on three walks, doubles by Arilyn Frazier and Hailey Rudrick and singles by Keely Pollard and Riley Buttke. Four more runs in the in the fifth and sixth innings came on doubles by Makena Wilson and Rudrick and singles by Bella Evans and Jocelyn Scarbury.
Scarbury also pitched, winning her 16th game of the season by striking out nine in six innings.
To get to the finals, the Storm won two bracket games. Against Wizards Gold ‘08 in the semifinals, the Storm scored twice in the third innings on a double by Rudrick and single by Maddy Jones. Abbey Wittman’s double and Jazzy Wittman’s and Pollard’s singles led to a four-run fourth and a 6-1 victory.
Whitney Bell won her 15th game, working five innings with eight strikeouts.
Quarterfinal play saw the Storm earn a 12-3 win over Diamond Chix. Seven first-inning runs, on doubles by Jazzy Wittman, Rudrick and Scarbury and singles by Pollard, Evans and Bell, preceded a five-run inning which featured doubles by Evans and Rudrick and singles by Bell, Abbey Wittman and Jones.
Pollard picked up her 22nd victory, pitching five innings and fanning eight.
The Storm gave up one run in three pool games, winning two by shutout. The first was a 15-0 victory over Ohio Hit Club, in which Pollard tossed a three-inning perfect game with eight strikeouts.
At the dish, the team scored eight times in the first inning. The Storm walked four times in the frame, and had Bell bashing a triple and Polland and Rudrick each singling once. Triples by Scarbury and Rudrick and singles by Bell, Pollard, Rudrick and Jazzy Wittman led to another seven runs later in the game.
The Storm scored another no-hitter in its next game, an 11-0 win over Diamond Chix ‘08. Scarbury won this time, going five innings and fanning nine.
A double by Scarbury and singles by Jones, Pollard, Rudrick and Evans led to a five-run first inning, and the team added six runs in the second on a Rudrick doubles and singles by Scarbury, Evans, Pollard, Frazier, Abbey Wittman and Wilson.
Bell threw a one-hitter and struck out 10 in a 1-1 tie with Wizards Gold ‘08. The Storm’s run was provided on a Bell single which drove in Rudrick, who singled to start the fourth-inning rally, but Wizards tied it with an unearned run in the sixth.
The team’s record for the season is 55-12-3.
Rudrick was the team’s leading hitter, with a triple, five doubles and four singles; and Pollard stroked eight singles. Bell singled six times, and Evans cracked a double and four singles. Scarbury ripped two doubles and two singles, and Jazzy and Abbey Wittman each posted a double and two singles. Buttke and Jones had three base hits each, and Wilson and Frazier contributed a double and a single apiece.