A big fifth inning proved to be the difference as East Canton won a sectional softball title with a 10-3 victory over Rootstown.
Leading 4-2, East Canton exploded for six runs in the fifth inning to pull away to the victory.
Kayla Eichelberger and Madison Harris led the 13-hit attack.
Eichelberger was 2-for-4 with a home run, double, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Harris connected for a home run, and finished with three RBIs.
Zoe Salyers went 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI and run scored; and Alexis Fogle collected two hits and scored three runs.
Salyers came on in the third inning to earn the win.
She pitched four and 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, striking out three.
Harris pitched the first two and 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits and four walks, striking out two.
"Zoe came in and threw a great game," stated Head Coach Karre Butler. "We played good defense and our bats came alive in the fifth inning."
East Canton (11-13), the second seed, was to play in a district semifinal on May 15 against #3 Western Reserve.
The winner was to play for a district title on May 16 against either top-seeded David Anderson or #5 St. Thomas Aquinas.
East Canton - 5
Tusky Central - 4
The Lady Hornets broke a 3-3 deadlock with two runs in the top of the seventh, and hung to record a league win over the Lady Saints.
Lexi Betz doubled and drove in two runs; Salyers went 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI; Eichelberger had a base hit, RBI and run scored; and Fogle had two hits and a scored a run.
Harris pitched the first one and 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits and three walks.
Julia Dimmerling pitched the final five and 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits and five walks, striking out two.
Tusky Central - 11
East Canton - 5
Cassy Wolfe pitched the first four and 2/3 innings, allowing nine runs, two earned, on 10 hits, striking out three.
Dimmerling came on in relief and allowed two unearned runs on five hits in two and 1/3 innings of work.
Kendra Gulling had two hits, including a double, and an RBI; Fogle went 3-for-4 with two runs scored; and Harris singled, doubled and scored a run.