The Hudson baseball team and the Twinsburg softball team will host benefit events this weekend.
Hudson is hosting the Cancer Awareness Classic, an event with two games Friday and three games Saturday at the Ballpark at Hudson. Proceeds will go to pediatric cancer research, according to Explorers baseball coach Buddy Dice.
Twinsburg softball coach Tiffany Yehle said the Tigers will host the Up Side of Downs Tournament at Glen Meadows Park with 12 games scheduled over three fields on Saturday. The Up Side of Downs exists to provide support, education and advocacy for people with Down syndrome, their families and communities throughout Northeast Ohio.
The Cancer Awareness Classic schedule (all games at the Ballpark at Hudson):
Friday — Hudson vs. Canfield, 4:30 p.m.; Hudson vs. Mentor, 7 p.m.
Saturday — Hudson vs. Aurora, 1 p.m.; Hudson vs. Chardon, 4 p.m.; Kent Roosevelt vs. Chardon, 7 p.m.
The Up Side of Downs Tournament schedule (all games Saturday at Glen Meadow Park):
Field 1 — 9 a.m.: Ellet vs. Elyria; 11 a.m.: Ellet vs. Solon; 2 p.m.: Hawken vs. Garfield; 4 p.m. Hawken vs. Rocky River.
Field 2 — 9 a.m.: Brecksville vs. Twinsburg; 11 a.m.: Twinsburg vs. Olmsted Falls; 2 p.m.: Rocky River vs. Hathaway Brown; 4 p.m. Garfield vs. Copley.
Field 3 — 9 a.m.: Solon vs. Olmsted Falls; 11 a.m. Elyria vs. Brecksville; 2 p.m.: Avon Lake vs. Copley; 4 p.m.: Avon Lake vs. Hathaway Brown.
Chad Crawford Memorial
The RubberDucks and Canal Park will host the Chad Crawford Memorial Classic on Friday and Saturday in honor of Crawford, who died Sept. 14 at age 49 following a two-year battle with cancer.
Crawford was an avid family man and heavily involved in youth baseball in a variety of roles. He graduated from Manchester High School in 1982.
The Classic features two games Friday and four Saturday.
Friday — 4 p.m.: Copley vs. Mogadore; 7 p.m.: Walsh Jesuit vs. North Canton Hoover.
Saturday — 10 a.m.: Streetsboro vs. Rittman; 1 p.m.: Norwayne vs. Medina; 4 p.m.: Shaker Heights vs. Nordonia. 7 p.m.: Tallmadge vs. St. Vincent-St. Mary.
The Racers are hosting the Akron Grand Slam softball event this weekend with 12 games scheduled between Firestone Stadium and the adjacent Pony Field.
Area teams scheduled to play are Archbishop Hoban, Chippewa and Springfield.
There will be three games Friday, eight Saturday and one Sunday. The full schedule is available at http://foundation.akronracers.org/tournaments/highschool/grand_slam/.
Walsh pounds ball
The junior duo of Lilli Piper and Taylor Rahach continue to lead the Walsh Jesuit softball team to success, as the Warriors entered Tuesday with a 13-2 record.
Piper is the Warriors’ top hitter with a .633 average (31 hits in 49 at-bats), five home runs, 18 runs batted in, 19 runs scored and seven stolen bases. She has 12 singles, nine doubles and five triples.
Rahach is the Warriors ace pitcher with a 9-1 record, a 1.03 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 61? innings.
Walsh has six other players batting over .300: Laney Jones (.433), Emma Lawson (.364),
Rahach (.349), Taylor Stimson (.346), Jess Harbaugh (.340) and Alexandra Drake (.333).
Madi McCrady is Walsh’s No. 2 pitcher with a 4-1 record, a 2.82 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 39? innings.
Coach Bill Davis guided Walsh to a Division II state semifinal appearance last year with Piper and Rahach starring as sophomores.
Lake pitcher shines
Lake senior Cory Carl is putting together a solid season on the mound with a 3-0 record and a 1.55 ERA for the Blue Streaks baseball team.
Lake coach Mike Parker praised Carl’s effort in a recent 3-1 victory over Jackson, a Federal League rival.
Carl has 27 strikeouts this season.
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