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Girard gets jump on Liberty

By Dan Hiner-VIndicator, 04/14/18, 7:30PM EDT

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Girard outfielder Nick Malito hasn’t hit an inside-the-park home run since he was in Little League.

That drought came to an end in the Indians’ 10-1 win over Liberty at Eastwood Field on Friday.

Malito took a fastball to deep center field in the top of the sixth inning to extend Girard’s lead to 9-1 and put the game out of reach.

“It’s been a couple years — Little League,” Malito said. “[I was] probably 11 or 12. It’s been a while.”

Malito finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Girard (5-3, 4-1 All-American Conference Blue Tier) took a 4-0 lead in the first inning after capitalizing on two Liberty errors.

Girard’s Aidan Warga and Tyler O’Dell hit back-to-back doubles to start the game.

After Austin Claussell reached on an infield single, David Blackmon drove in O’Dell on misplayed groundball to second base.

Claussell and Blackmon later scored after Clausell tried to steal third and Liberty third baseman James Spisak missed the throw from catcher Ty Leshnack.

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All-American Conference

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.

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