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Lady Chargers ready to take on state

Logan Greszler • Jun 1, 2016 at 6:00 AM

Just two more wins.

That’s all the Edison softball team needs in order to become state champs.

With a 2-1 Division III regional final over Archbold on Saturday, the Lady Chargers, who are ranked No. 6 in the final state coaches poll, advance to the state semifinal contest.

They will square off with Canfield South Range, which is ranked No. 7, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Akron Firestone Stadium.

“We can’t just go in there and expect to take it,” designated player Lindsay Fortuna said. “You have to have aggression towards it. We just have to go out there and score right away.”

This is the first time Edison (24-3) has reached the state tournament since 2012, falling to Bloom-Carroll 3-1 in the second semifinal contest.

“We’ve been working forward to it all four years,” senior centerfielder Peyton Michel said. “It’s just a great feeling. I’m excited to see how it turns out in Akron.”

Fortuna also talked about being in such a position as a freshman.

“It’s very exciting coming in as a freshman,’’ she said. “It’s something people rarely get to experience and it’s definitely an honor. This makes us look good, it makes us look strong and it makes us look like a team. There’s been tons of support. Even when we mess up (the community) is there to get us back up.’’

However, taking on South Range (28-3) will be no walk in the park.

“Most of the time the further you go, the better the team is you will face,” Edison coach Troy Keegan said. “We play great competition around our area, but we have an idea or strong familiarity of what we are facing. When you play teams from further away you don't have hardly any information on them.”

Thus, the Lady Chargers will have to expect the unexpected.

“We have the same mindset as any other game,” Michel said. “We can’t get distracted by the crowd or anything. We have to take everything one step at a time.”

Fortuna added: “We definitely have to be calm and collected with everything. We’re all there for each other and we all support each other constantly and we work together.”

In the circle for Edison will be lights-out pitcher Erica Reber, who has guided the team to three one-run postseason wins (two shutouts).

“We are capable of scoring runs and I hope the girls prove it Thursday,” Keegan said. “We must focus on that this week. We are the true version of a team. It might not always be the same players stepping up to contribute to the win, so you never know who will be that player who produces at the right time.”

If Edison wins, it will face No. 1 Willamsburg (25-2) or Johnstown-Monroe (24-7) in the state championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Ticket information

Tickets for the Edison Chargers state softball semifinal game at 5:30 p.m. Thursday vs. Canfield South Range at Akron Firestone Stadium are on sale. All tickets are $8 and are on sale in the athletic office until 3 pm. today and 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

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