by Steve Batko | Correspondent
Streetsboro head softball coach Jen Goldstein knew it would take a while for the offense to get going.
The Rockets are starting to come alive with their bats.
It's the first step for the squad to become competitive against a tough schedule.
Despite some of that offensive firepower, host Streetsboro dropped a doubleheader April 18 to Southeast, which moved to 4-0 in the Portage Trail Conference County Division with 17-7 and 7-4 victories.
With the losses, the Rockets fell to 1-6 overall and to 0-4 in the County Division.
Junior Corrine Braynard continues to swing a hot bat as she had three hits, a run scored, and one run batted in.
Braynard did that against Pirates' hurler Alicia Swierz, who moved to 4-0 as she tossed a four-hit complete-game win.
Sophomore Jenna Oravec added two singles and a run scored in the loss.
Freshmen Sarah Varner and Justine Yates each had one RBI, while junior Makenzie Dombrowski and sophomore Alicia Garrett each scored a run for Streetsboro.
Southeast catcher Nikki Romasca had three RBIs.
The Rockets had some offense in the two games.
Varner knocked in three runs, while Braynard scored two runs, stole a base and drove in a run.
Dombrowski, who is the team's workhorse pitcher, had a pair of singles and scored a run. Garrett also had two singles and a run, while junior Auliah Kendall had an RBI. Yates scored a run for Streetsboro in the loss.
Streetsboro blew a 4-1 lead in the April 17 league clash at Garrettsville Garfield. The G-Men won 6-4, thanks to a five-run fourth inning to move to 3-1 in the PTC.
Braynard blasted a three-run homer in the third inning to grab a 3-0 lead, which was cut to 3-1 when Garfield's Taylor Brown singled home Madisson Geddes in the bottom half of the inning.
In the top of the fourth, the Rockets responded as sophomore Chelsea Diliberto singled home Varner to make it 4-1.
Things fell apart in the fourth as Garfield pushed across four runs. Brown had a big two-run single to score Geddes and Haley Damko.
Another positive for Streetsboro is the fact that the Rockets played errorless ball and the defense has been improving.
Diliberto had three singles, a run scored and an RBI while Braynard also stole a base against senior hurler Whitney Miller (2-1).
Streetsboro was scheduled to host Ravenna April 21. Results were not available at press time.
The Rockets are set to visit Chagrin Falls Kenston April 25 at 4:30 p.m. before returning home to play Shaker Heights Laurel April 26. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.