Akron - The Garrettsville Strong charity softball team won the North Akron 2nd Annual Spring Warm up and raised over $1,000 (including fund raising uniform t-shirts by the Villager), and still counting, for the Gville fire fund!! The donations will be made in the name of Garrettsville Youth Softball and the Ohio Outlaws to the Garrettsville Strong fund.
Great job ladies!! For a team that never played together before, they had great team chemistry and teamwork, going 5-0 on the weekend. The girls scored on 3 home runs, a grand slam by Autumn “Cali” Belviy, suicide squeeze play, multiple doubles and triples, tons of beautiful bunts. Great job catching by Shelby Mayes, dominating pitching by Angela “Maz” Masiello and Madison “Maddog” VanKirk, an awesome throw from center field by Torrie Gall to almost gun a runner out at first, (Threw it so hard it bent the first baseman’s glove back and it came out), Meg Visocan played every position except catcher including pitcher. Every young lady had a highlight and contributed across the board — can’t even remember them all! On top of all that, the pitchers and catcher were calling their own games, at 12 yrs old, and did it beautifully!
The GarrettsvilleStrong roster consisted of: Garrettsville Cal’s Gals Angela Vanhorn, Emma Lawrence, and Chloe Pfile; Garrettsville Hotshots Gracie Pignaloso, Sarah Shearer and Anna Weaver; Garrettsville - Madison VanKirk; Crestwood - Angela Masiello and Torrie Gall; Crestwood Victory - Maddy Cline and Alexis Schultz; Outlaws - Hailey Eckelberry, Autumn Belviy and Shelby Mayes; Explosive Black – Meg Visocan. Coaches were David Pignaloso, Scott Vanhorn, Tom VanKirk and Dan Masiello.
Thank you to “dugout moms” Becky VanKirk and Tara Vanhorn and special thanks to Karen Visocan, and daughter Meg, for helping out and more than doubling our donations with some additional fund raising!!
Thanks GYS, Ohio Outlaws Fastpitch, to all who participated, donated, and rooted us on, could not have done it without you!!!