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 THE REC 

North Tonawanda Youth Center

Both the Blue Jays and Cardinals gave it their all in the championship on Monday night. After Blue Jays pitcher Sophia Wilson shut down the Cardinals with a quick top of the first inning, where she recorded two strike-outs, the Blue Jays wasted no time getting the bats going. By playing small-ball, getting hit after hit, the Blue Jays jumped out to a 13-0 lead by the end of the 1st. The Blue Jays had contributions from nearly every batter in the line-up, going through the order nearly 2 full times.
However, the Cardinals never gave up, despite the tough odds. In the top of the 2nd Sabre Scaccia had a nice RBI single, along with a stolen base. The Blue Jays would extend their lead to 17-1 after the end of the 2nd, by continuing their trend of playing team softball.
The Cardinals continued to battle, as they would score 4 runs in the top of the 3rd, with contributions from Paige Crompton, Cierra Williams, and Rylie Myers among others. In addition, the Cardinals shut down the Blue Jays high-flying offense in the 3rd, as Sabre Scaccia recorded 2 strikeouts. However, the Blue Jays had built too large a lead to overcome, as Wilson then returned the favor by shutting-out the Cardinals in the top of the 4th. In the inning, Isabella Hooley made a textbook play at shortstop on a hard-hit ball, gathering herself to throw to first to record the out.
The Blue Jays tacked on 3 more runs in the bottom of the 4th, and the Cardinals tacked on a couple in the top of the 5th. Ultimately, the Blue Jays held on to clinch the championship, with a final score of 20-7. Congratulations to both teams on having great seasons, and congratulations to the Blue Jays on winning the 2018 Softball Championship!