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Mariachi claims ‘B’ Division playoff crown

Contributed Story Posted 14 August 2018 at 7:24 am

Contributed Photo – Mariachi players and coach celebrate capturing the Medina Women’s Softball League ‘B’ Division playoff championship on Saturday. In front are Krista Polick, Jenn McHugh, Baillie Oberther, Heather DiGiacomo, Brittney Anderson and Katt Battaglia. In the back row are Jessica Demmer, Autumn Holloway, Emily Johnson, Brian Sheehan, Kelsey Matuszak, Mary Jo Polick and Judy Ward.

Rebounding from a big early deficit, Mariachi de Oro defeated Buffalo Bio-Diesel 28-10 in the championship game of the Medina Women’s Softball League ‘B’ Division playoffs on Saturday.

Trailing 10-2 early, Mariachi came storming back to claim the win as a towering home run over the fence by Kelsey Matuszak capped off that big scoring barrage.

Mary Jo Polick had a total of 5 RBIs for Mariachi as Autumn Holloway had 4, Matuszak, Emily Johnson and Krista Polick 3, Heather DiGiacomo, Jessica Demmer, Katt Battaglia and Jenn McHugh 2 and Baillie Oberther 1.

Defensively, Mary Jo Polick made several big plays at shortstop including a jumping snag on a line drive.

Mariachi advanced to the title contest by downing regular season champion Jr Wilson 22-13 in the winners bracket final.

Mariachi jumped out to a big 18-5 lead. Jr Wilson did cut the deficit to 18-13 but could get no closer.

On defense for Mariachi, Matuszak made some great stretches and scoops to get outs at first base, Holloway had a nifty diving stop and throw and Krista Polick made some clutch plays behind the plate.

Krista Polick and Matuszak both had 4 RBIs in the contest as Demmer had 3, Mary Jo Polick, Battaglia and McHugh 2 and DiGiacomo and Holloway 1 each.

For Jr Wilson, Abbey Button had 4 hits and Laura Valley and Julie Tette 3 each.

In the first game, Mariachi bested HoJacks 19-5 as Matuszak had 5 RBIs, Holloway 4, Mary Jo Polick 3 and DiGiacomo, Demmer and Emily Johnson 2.

Defensively, Holloway and Mary Jo Polick both made some key plays and Judy Ward at pitcher registered a clutch strikeout with the bases loaded in the fourth inning to shutdown a HoJacks comeback bid.

Jr. Wilson opened with a 19-7 win over Team Monte.