MASSILLON — For the eighth time since 2004, Champion softball returns to Akron on the path to what would be their third consecutive state title by beating West Salem Northwestern, 3-0, in the Division III Massillon Regional title game on Saturday.
“These girls just did such a tremendous job,” Flashes coach Cheryl Weaver said. “I’m so proud of them.”
Champion (28-2) faced a solid pitcher in Northwestern’s Brianna Shearer. Shearer posed trouble for the Flashes by keeping them on the ropes.
“They’ve been hitting the ball so well and then you come across a pitcher that does a wonderful job against you and keeps you off balance,” Weaver said. “They were like ‘Oh man, what’s happening,’ but we got the hits when we needed them. They parked it over.”
After being intentionally walked twice in Champion’s last game against South Range, Allison Smith was excited to be pitched to again, and she showed Northwestern why she’s been walked so many times, drilling two home runs.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.