And they weren't surprised at how it turned

By Tom Hardesty Record-Courier staff writer Published:

And they weren't surprised at how it turned out.

Randolph's 14-10 win over the Brunswick Hornets in the Ohio Girls Softball Organization A Division State Championship game Saturday at Brimfield Elementary was more a coronation than a championship.

After all, the Randolph staff felt all along that a state title was this team's destiny this summer.

"I knew we had the team to win it," said manager Karla Bedard, whose squad finishes the season with a 14-2-1 record. "This same team won their tournament when they played coach pitch, and when we got the Jarvis's (Ashley and Erica) this year, I knew."

Said coach George Derbfuss: "I knew it after the first day of practice."

And Randolph made no mistake which team was the best in A Division, never trailing against Brunswick and even leading 13-1 after three innings.

Erica Jarvis had a very effective day on the mound and at the plate. She held the Hornets to just five hits _ only two of which left the infield _ and struck out 14 batters. She also helped her own cause with a two-run home run in the first inning and an RBI infield single in the second.

Randolph collected eight hits off three different Brunswick pitchers, with Amanda Crider leading the way with a double, two singles and four RBI.

Ashley Jarvis, Cara Bedard and Bethey Herchek also singled.

"I knew we'd do well ... I knew we'd hit well today because of the pitching," said coach Bedard. "The pitching was slower than usual, and we worked on our batspeed all week. We knew we had some major adjustments to make, and we adjusted well."

Real well.

Randolph had no trouble adjusting to the slower pitching, scoring three runs in the first inning on an error and Erica Jarvis' two-run blast to deep leftfield.

Randolph began to push it out of reach with five runs in the bottom of the inning.

Three walks loaded the bases, then Crider's double up the middle made it 5-1. A wild pitch scored Ashley Jarvis, Erica Jarvis' infield single scored Crider, and a throwing error scored Erica Jarvis to make it 8-1.

Randolph blew it wide open with five more runs in the third.

An error scored Jennifer Mervine, Crider's infield single scored Missy Zehnder and Ashley Jarvis, and Cara Bedard's bloop single to right plated Crider and Erica Jarvis for a 13-1 bulge.

Randolph scored its final run on Nicole Simmers' groundout that plated Chelsee Walters, increasing the lead to 14-6.

Brunswick scored three runs in the seventh to cut the deficit to four runs, but could get no closer.

Coach Bedard said she knew Brunswick could put plenty of runs on the board, but had confidence in her team to quell the Hornets' late rally.

"Brunswick came back in their semifinal game, too," she said. "I knew they could hit. But I felt good about our chances the whole game."

And the whole season, for that matter.

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