Where: Firestone Stadium in Akron

Thursdays Division I schedule: Elyria (20-4) vs. Gahanna Lincoln (25-5), 10 a.m.; Lebanon (29-3) vs. North Canton Hoover (21-9), 12:30 p.m.

Fridays Division II schedule: Plain City Jonathan Alder (23-4) vs. Hebron Lakewood (28-1), 3 p.m.; Archbishop Hoban (23-3) vs. LaGrange Keystone (26-4), 5:30 p.m.

Saturdays state championship schedule: Division I, 10 a.m.; Division II, ?7 p.m.

Lebanon vs. Hoover

Lebanon at a glance: Lebanon is making its fourth state tournament appearance, with runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2012. The Warriors are led by senior Chloe Allen, a Lake Erie College recruit, who is batting over .500 with 43 runs and 33 RBI. Molly Osborne, Grace Gressley, Alexis Strother and Kat Frank are each batting over .400 and Madison Hartman is batting around .350 with 52 RBI. Hartman is a St. Johns commit. Alex Gibson (Wittenberg), Madison DeGennaro (Presbyterian), Ashley West and Ashleigh Riffle are also starters. Lebanons top three pitchers are senior Taylor Lewis (St. Peters, 12-2), senior Strother (Tennessee-Martin, 10-1) and sophomore Frank (7-0).

Lebanon coach Brian Kindell says: We have talented pitchers. ... And one through nine, we are very, very balanced [in our batting lineup]. Our No. 8 hitter is as good as our No. 2 hitter and our No. 9 hitter is as good as our No. 1 hitter. We have a very consistent blend of speed all the way through it and I think the reason we have taken a step forward offensively is great plate discipline.

Hoover at a glance: Hoover is seeking its ninth state championship in its ninth appearance in the state tournament. The Vikings won state titles in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2006, 1999 and 1998. Sophomore Grace Vesco is 18-8 with more than 100 strikeouts. Senior Kate Yun, a Ohio University recruit, leads Hoover with a .634 batting average, 10 home runs and 33 RBI. Sophomores Laurel DeVoe (.513, 36 RBI) and Kaitlynn ODonnell (.472, 30 runs) are consistent hitters along with seniors Heather Pinney, Lauren Massolini, Lexi Forrest and Arianna Culler, junior Grace Cea and freshman Grace DeWalt.

Hoover coach Jerry Goodpasture says: We have had our ups and downs throughout the year, but have seemed to peak during a 10-game winning streak. As far as our tournament run, as is in many areas you play some of the same teams over again teams from your league and we ended up winning our district by defeating Massillon Perry and Lake. And then in the regional we defeated Madison and defending state champion Walsh [Jesuit] for the regional title. ... I think leadership has grown through the year.

Keystone vs. Hoban

Keystone at a glance: Keystone is making its third state tournament appearance in a row and 16th overall. The Wildcats won state titles in 2012, 2006 and 1999, and were state runners-up in 2016, 2011, 2004, 2001, 1998, 1994 and 1992. Senior Lauren Shaw and sophomore Sydney Campbell are each 13-2 with over 100 strikeouts. Shaw has committed to the University Iowa and Campbell is an Oakland University pledge. Key hitters Paige Hartley, Val Broschk, Talia Minisall and Ali Pyles have committed to play at Cleveland State University. Hitters Sammie Stefan (Maryland), Autumn Acord (Kent State) and Madi Nunez (Wright State) are also college softball recruits, and McKenah Peters (Youngstown State) is a basketball recruit. The Wildcats also get steady play from Brooke Piazza, Marlie McNulty, Shelby Fortune, Angel Minisall, Summer Metcalf and Madi Cendrosky. Stefan and McNulty are both batting over .500, and Stefan has 53 RBI and McNulty has scored 36 runs.

Keystone coach Jim Piazza says: We had a very challenging schedule this year and I like the way our kids responded to it. We have a great mixture of veteran players plus youth. We challenged them earlier this year to prepare them for this run. ... We havent had the same starting lineup all year.

Hoban at a glance: Hoban returns to the state tournament for the second year in a row and 10th time overall. The Knights won state titles in 1992, 1991, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984 and 1983. Senior Laney Jones, an Ashland University recruit, is Hobans top pitcher at 15-2 and is also a key hitter. Katie Clark, a Robert Morris recruit, is a regular contributor along with Allyssa Hagenbaugh, Ashley Matousek, Chloe Weidrick, Jessica Knicely, Alex Whitmore, Adrianna Powers, Emma Terzola, Maddie Terzola and Olivia Blay. Weidrick, Whitmore and Emma Terzola are all batting over .400. Whitmore is a Marshall pledge.

Hoban coach Frank Voss says: I think we have a good mix as far as the juniors and seniors are concerned. We do have a couple of sophomores in the mix, and I think the experience we had last year has helped all of these kids a lot. They have played a lot of games and are more or less relaxed. They are confident and I think that experience has really done a lot to move us forward this year.

Michael Beaven