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Edison Chargers putting a charge into offense (Softball Notebook)
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Avon Lake’s Annie Wennerberg throws a pitch during the top of the second inning against Westlake on Thursday in Avon Lake.
That’s because his Chargers have been — not to sound cliché — tearing the cover off the ball.
After its 2-1 win over Huron on Tuesday, Edison had seven players batting .300 or better at the plate: Chelsea Imus (.581), Mariah Mays (.500), Karyn Schmidt (.500), Kay Lee Fox (.492), Gabby Stoll (.391), Emily Weyer (.339) and Hannah Oeder (.300).
Imagine what that lineup exchange must be like for opposing coaches.
The offense has picked up where it left off last season, when the Chargers reached the state final four for the first time in school history.
Edison scored 10 runs in both of its first two games of the season, scored 14 in a shutout of Western Reserve, outscored St. Paul 31-1 in a doubleheader and scored at least 10 or more runs in three straight games in wins over St. Mary and Norwalk (DH).
Collectively, Edison was hitting .366 as a team with a slugging percentage of .495 and an on-base percentage of .427 after its win over the Tigers.
Fox has been a big contributor, leading the Chargers in nearly every offensive category — including home runs.
Fox belted her eighth and ninth home runs of the season Saturday in a 10-0 win over Norwalk. She added her 10th three days later, but it was Fox’s ninth that set a new school record.
Her success at the plate isn’t anything new.
As a sophomore last season, Fox batted .542 with 43 hits on her way to an All-District selection.
And even though the Chargers may have lost their best pitcher to graduation in Susan Knight, they haven’t lost their touch at the plate.
Dostall stepping down
Firelands coach Judy Dostall announced she will be stepping down at the end of the season after nine years as coach of the Falcons.
Dostall’s daughter Samantha, a pitcher on the team, will be playing for Baldwin Wallace University next season and her mother wants to be able to attend as many games as possible.
Saturday’s 9-0 win over Twinsburg in the 8th Annual Prebis Memorial Classic was no ordinary win for Keystone coach Jim Piazza.
The win was the 300th career win for Piazza.
So, what does 300 wins mean?
“To me, it means I have had 300 games of winning with some great kids,” Piazza said Saturday. “I don’t look at it for myself. I tell them (girls) — they win, I lose. By having 300 wins that means I have had a lot of great kids that got to play for me.”
Earlier this season the Wildcats won their 800th game in program history, becoming the first team in the state to win 800 games.
Perfect no more
Avon Lake dropped its first game of the season Monday, giving up two runs in the sixth inning in a 5-3 loss to Brecksville.
The Shoregals entered the game 13-0 overall and 5-0 in the Southwestern Conference. Last week’s Morning Journal Player of the Week Annie Wennerberg totaled 10 strikeouts and kept her team in the game.
“I never want to lose but I was proud of them because they did not lie down,” Avon Lake coach Buzz Mullen said. “They fought back all seven innings. You win some, you lose some, and they played hard.”
Speaking of Avon Lake, it moved up a spot in Week 2 of the state poll, which has the Shoregals ranked seventh in Division I.
Elyria cracked the list this week, sitting at 10th in D-I.
Keystone is ranked third in D-II, while Edison ranks fifth in D-III.
Last Updated: 5/3/2013 1:21:22 AM EST