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Edison routs New London to advance

By JOE GILROY • May 7, 2019 at 11:46 PM

MILAN — It couldn't have gone better — even if Edison softball coach, Troy Keegan wrote it himself.

His offense and defense both held serve on Tuesday as the Chargers beat New London, 20-0, in Division III sectional semifinal action in Milan.

The Chargers improved to 16-6 overall and will visit Clear Fork at 5 p.m. Friday in the sectional title game.

Edison’s 20-run explosion began when it followed up a pair of back-to-back triples with a pair of back-to-back home runs for a 4-0 lead before they recorded their first out.

The Chargers batted around the order in that phenomenal first inning and seized control of the game thanks to the huge start.

Edison bookended the inning with an even larger fourth inning that saw 11 players reach home plate.

Kayla Mancuso was the catalyst of Edison's offense. She went 3 for 4 with a double, two triples, scored three runs and added four RBIs.

Lindsey Fortuna went 1-2 and scored two runs with two RBIs to help her own cause.

Fortuna was just as dominant from the pitcher's circle where she pitched a one-hit shutout with three strikeouts and a walk.

Jessica Stoll hit a solo shot over the left field wall to follow up Fortuna's home run. Stoll went on to score twice with an RBI.

"This was a good way to comeback from a tough loss to Oak Harbor," Keegan said of Monday’s loss. "The girls knew what they needed to do today to make up for that and they did a good job.

"We got off to the good start and hitting is contagious," he added. "It takes a couple of hits and before you know it, everyone is getting in on it."

It wasn't just the offense that impressed on Tuesday. Edison made several nice plays in the field, including a slick little back hand on an infield drive that Morgan Scott snagged and tossed the runner out at first.

"Lindsey pitched well and we made some plays behind her, too," Keegan said. "The backhand by Morgan was just one of the great plays that we made today."

New London had a tough time getting anything going at the plate or in the field.

Sierra Hose accounted for the lone Wildcat hit, and on defense they had several balls fly just out of a fielders reach. When they did have opportunities to make plays, it seemed that Edison's players were just fast enough to beat out a throw.

"This one is really simple to sum up — Edison was just really good at the plate today and Lindsey Fortuna kept us off balance when we were at bat," New London coach Joe Thomas said. "They are a tremendous team and I expect them to go far in the tournament. Troy does a really good job with them and I wish them the best."

Thomas said that he looks forward to playing the make-up games so the team doesn't have to end the season with a big loss.

"I just want to give a lot of credit to Gabby Ledbetter," he said. "She didn't give up and remained positive out there today and had fun. Hopefully we can get a few more wins for our seniors before the season is finished."

Edison plays at Tiffin Calvert today in a make-up game before playing at Clear Fork in a rematch of an 11-10 loss that eliminated Edison from tournament play last year.

"We are going to treat the make-up games just like we do the tournament games," Keegan said. "We need to play error-free ball like we did today to advance in the tournament.”

Mariah Medina added three RBIs and scored a run. Morgan Scott tripled in the first inning and scored three runs to go along with an RBI, and Kira Appeman finished 3 for 4 with a pair of runs scored to lead Edison's offensive onslaught.

"Clear Fork is a revenge game," Keegan said. "They knocked us out last year and the girls remember it and will be ready to play. It will be a good game."

N. London 000 00 — 0   1  0

Edison    513 11 x — 20 15 0

WP: Fortuna; LP: Ledbetter

2B: (E) Mancuso. 3B: (E) Scott, Mancuso 2 HR: (E) Fortuna, Stoll

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