AKRON, Ohio – Elyria softball coach Ken Fenik knew Louisville was a good hitting team, and his scouting was confirmed Friday.
The Pioneers lost 4-2 to Louisville in the Division I state softball semifinal at Firestone Stadium. Louisville totaled six hits in the win as it advanced to the Division I state final for the first time in program history.
The Leopards will play Lakota East (Liberty Township) for the championship Saturday at 4 p.m.
The sixth was when Louisville blew the game open. Tied 2-2 thanks to Elyria junior catcher Maycee Godbolt’s two-run home run in the top of the inning, the Leopards responded with back-to-back solo homers from juniors Teagan Rice and Kaycee Ollis.
“I was able to watch about three games on tape that I got from Big Time Sports,” Fenik said. “I knew coming in that they were tough. They made a mistake to Maycee (to tie it) and then we made two mistakes.”
Godbolt’s homer was the biggest play for the Pioneers’ offense. Before the home run, Elyria only had totaled three hits.
“I think we all went crazy,” senior Damia Parks said. “It was crazy. I felt like everybody’s mind was like ‘we’re in this.’”
Louisville senior pitcher Sarah Cantley and the Leopards’ defense kept Elyria before and after Godbolt’s blast. Cantley had six strikeouts in the first three innings, allowing just four hits in the complete-game victory.