MASSILLON — For the seventh time in Cheryl Weaver’s time as varsity softball coach, Champion High School will be playing in the state final four.
Champion (28-0) defeated Independence, 13-3, in five innings on Saturday to win the Division III Massillon Regional title game. The Golden Flashes will face Williamsburg or North Union in the state semifinals at Akron Firestone Stadium on Friday at 3 p.m.
Champion, the away team on Saturday, came out firing. They scored nine runs in the top half of the first inning. That included two hits.
“Well let’s see. Oh my! We went in ’04, ’06, ’11, ’12, ’15, ’17 and now,” Weaver said about the state tournament appearances she’s made as coach. “The girls just came out. They wanted this game, big game. We looked at what the pitcher had and we found that she had a changeup.”
Weaver also mentioned the Golden Flashes had learned of a quote, apparently from Independence, on a high school sports web site that said “We’re ready to break some hearts.”
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.