Lea and the Lady Redskins prevailed 5-0, as the senior right-hander held the Lady Wildcats hitless until the sixth inning and allowed only two singles and three walks in the contest.
No Wildcat baserunner reached third base in the game.
"I'm really proud of our girls," said coach Ron Meffley of Cuyahoga Heights. "This is only our fourth year of fast-pitch softball and we were 0-14 that first season. Candace was a part of that team, so I'm really happy for her and our two other seniors. This was a slow-pitch program before that. We've never been this far in any girls sport at our school, ever."
The Redskins (19-10) of the MAC-8 Conference will face Bristol Thursday at Kent State University in regional play.
Kurchev pitched well for Mogadore, scattering nine hits. But the junior ran into trouble in the bottom of the third inning, starting when Becky Cash singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.
After an infield error allowed Jessica Carpenter to reach base, Kim Skully tripled home both runners for a 2-0 Redskin lead. Gwen Dobos then singled home Skully with the third run of the inning, and Lea had all the run support she would need.
"We've had a good season," said coach Tom Pollock, whose Lady Cats finished 17-11. "We only lose one senior (third baseman Lauren Wood), and we've won more games than any softball team since our program came into existence. I'm proud of our girls and the effort they've given this year."
Kurchev, who tossed a no-hitter against Independence in the district semi-finals, recorded eight strikeouts and walked only one Redskin batter.
Janel Rex, who singled in the top of the sixth inning, and Ashley Boggs, who singled in the top of the seventh, collected Mogadore's only hits.
ASHLAND DIVISION IV DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP
Cuyahoga Heights 5, Mogadore 0
Kurchev & Boggs. Lea & Defiore.
WP _ Lea (18-8); LP _ Kurchev (15-12).