The 1980 Cleveland Browns came to be known as the Kardiac Kids thanks to their sometimes heart-stopping come from behind victories that led the team to its first divisional title in nine seasons.
Cardinal’s softball team might need a similar nickname if the current trend of deciding games in the final at bat continues.
The Huskies scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Fairport Harding, 5-3, on Thursday. It was Cardinal’s third straight game decided in the final at bat. The Huskies defeated Pymatuning Valley, 8-7, on Tuesday on a walk-off base hit then dropped an 18-16 decision to Cuyahoga Heights on Wednesday when they stranded runners at second and third.
“I’m having a blast watching the underclassmen step up to the plate with a lot of confidence,” said Haley Adams, Cardinal’s lone senior. “They are good players and they should feel proud of themselves because I know I am. I couldn’t be having more fun with any other group. I’m enjoying this feeling.”
Fairport scored two runs in the bottom of the first and added another in the second to take an early 3-0 lead.
The Huskies got on the board in the fourth when Anne Rupinski drew a two-out walk and scored on Madysin Ciminello’s double.
The Huskies tied it with two runs in the top of the seventh.
Faith Peters led off the inning with a triple and Megan Baril homered to tie it.
Ciminello, who struck out four in a nine-inning complete game victory, pitched out of jams in the bottom of the seventh and eighth to set up the dramatic ninth inning.
Peters reached on an error to give the Huskies a baserunner with one out. Allissa Nevison came up with two outs and tripled home Peters to give the Huskies their first lead, 4-3. Delaney Leichtman then came up and singled Nevison home.
“When I got up to bat, coach just told me to have fun, just to meet the ball. That’s what I did,” Leichtman said. “The first pitch, I swung and missed and then I just connected with that one and gave it a ride. It felt really nice. I drove it right to right center.”
Ciminello shut the Skippers down in order in the bottom half of the inning to end the game.
Nevison had a monster day at the plate. She was 4-for-5 with a run scored and one batted in. Baril, Peters, Ciminello and Dawn Scribben all had two hits for the Huskies and Leichtman and Hannah Hill both had one.
Cardinal improved to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division. The Huskies host Garrettsville Garfield in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Submitted By Ohio Varsity Sports