Things looked rough for Randolph in the early going as Debbie Freeland roped a lead-off single in the first inning. Kelly Simpson followed with a single of her own to put Suffield on top 1-0. But Erica Jarvis took over from there.
Jarvis struck out the next nine batters, 16 for the game, and allowed just one more hit as Jamie Routh squeaked one past first base in the fourth.
"This has really been Erica's year," said Randolph coach Carla Bedard. "She really works hard and has been consistent all season long."
The Suffield lead didn't last long as Missy Zehnder got her first of two singles in the opening frame and knotted the contest at 1-1 as she scored on a single by Erica Jarvis. Ashley Bault got things going in the second inning, lacing a single and scored on an error. Then it was more of the Jarvis sisters.
Erica smashed a triple to left field and scored as Ashley got into the mix with an RBI single. Ashley would do it again in the sixth, smacking a double to dead center and scoring on a stolen base and a passed ball.
The win was a special one for the Jarvis sisters in more ways than one. Besides earning their second trip to the state tournament, the girls got to face some old friends in that they used to play in the Suffield system.
"It was kind of special," said Erica Jarvis. "I thought our whole team played well."
In other action:
Edinburg N.A. Automation Service 17,
Atwater Thompson Accounting 7
Heather Mordew was on top of her game again as the Edinburg ace recorded nine strikeouts to help her team advance to the state tournament.
Kristi Dubinsky showed her prowess at the plate, belting a home run and a pair of singles to lead the Edinburg offense. Elizabeth Legros notched a double and Jamie Fesemyer chimed in with a single.
For Atwater, Jenna Loudin swung a big stick with a pair of singles, while Brianna Cross and Carli Willis each had a double in the losing effort.
Deerfield American Legion 10,
Rootstown Larry's Auto Parts 0
Jennifer Gahagan stayed perfect, striking out 12 while throwing her third no-hitter of the tournament to help Deerfield advance to state with a five-inning triumph.
Danielle Kaley contributed two singles and flashed the leather a bit as she recorded putouts on the only three balls that were put in play by Rootstown. Kelsey Hill smashed a double and a triple while Chelsea Van Steenberg had a double and a single as the Deerfield offense found a groove.
Miranda Young picked a good time to heat up as she notched her first base hit of the season, a double, in the title game. Brittany Douglas also added a single.
West Branch McQuilkin Lumber 10,
Brimfield Powerline Equipment 5
Ashley Kurena of West Branch and Megan Simone of Brimfield both showed why they are regarded amongst the top pitchers in the area in a strikeout-laden contest.
Kurena earned the win for West Branch, striking out 10 while Simone recorded 12 punchouts in the losing effort.
Allison Edie was a triple from the cycle as she belted a home run, double and single. Kurena ripped three singles of her own for the West Branch offense.
For Brimfield, Simone had a pair of singles as did Katie Kaptain while Amber Patton led the way with a double and two singles of her own. Lauren Craig added a double and a single as well.
Suffield Hilltop Aggregate 4,
Brimfield Beemer Machine 1
Kim Shanafelt found the groove as she struck out 14 and allowed just four hits to help Suffield advance to the state tournament.
Tracy Reschke, Amanda Mathia and Heather Walker each added base hits for Suffield.
Brimfield got a nice performance out of Angie Walker as she ripped a triple and single. Natalee Anderson and Erin Simone recorded the other two Brimfield hits.