by Steve Batko | Correspondent
With only a couple of seniors on the roster, the youthful Streetsboro softball team is learning on the job.
The host Rockets showed some signs of improvement with a successful April 26 doubleheader against Shaker Heights Laurel Academy.
Head coach Jen Goldstein saw her club beat Laurel by a 17-7 tally and then by a 14-1 score. The wins pushed Streetsboro to 3-6 overall.
"I thought the team played well [April 26] and they really worked as a team to come away with two wins," said Goldstein.
Sophomore Alicia Garrett earned her first-ever varsity pitching win in the second game as she came in for relief of junior pitcher Makenzie Dombrowski in the second inning. The duo allowed just three hits.
Kristen MacMillan, one of two seniors on the roster with Taylor Gaines, scored two runs for the Rockets, who also saw junior Corrine Braynard hit a pair of singles, score three runs, have one run batted in and steal two bases.
Sophomore Elizabeth Boyer had two RBIs, while freshman catcher Justine Yates had two singles and scored two runs against Laurel (0-8). Boyer is a sophomore and Yates.
Gaines scored two runs in the win. Dombrowski scored a run along with sophomores Chelsea Diliberto and Jenna Oravec. Junior Auliah Kendall and freshman Sarah Varner each had a run scored and a stolen base.
"We wanted to score every inning and the girls accomplished that by putting hits together and aggressive baserunning," said Goldstein.
Dombrowski was credited with the win in the first contest to improve to 2-5 in 2014.
Dombrowski also scored four runs in the win.
Braynard continues to sizzle at the plate. She had four singles in the win and five RBIs. Garrett had a run and three RBIs, while Kendall had two singles, two runs and a stolen base.
Oravec scored three runs and had a pair of singles. Varner had a double, scored twice and had an RBI.
Junior Hannah Roble scored two times, MacMillan scored once and Yates had a run and an RBI.
"We had a slow start in the first game and Laurel jumped ahead with five runs early on, but the girls never gave up," said Goldstein. "We kept scoring runs little by little until we exploded in the fifth inning."
Streetsboro was scheduled to visit Portage Trail Conference County Division rival Waterloo April 29 in Waterloo. Results were not available at press time.
The Rockets are set to host Waterloo April 30 and County Division foe James A. Garfield May 1.
They are scheduled to entertain County Division rival Mogadore May 5 before heading to Mogadore May 6. All four games are set to begin at 4:15 p.m.
"I think the coaches were very pleased with how the girls have played," said Goldstein.