Panthers complete perfect season in PTC

Norton’s baseball team finished 12-0 in the Portage Trail Conference with wins at Coventry May 7 and Streetsboro May 8.

They dominated Coventry 16-3 in five innings. Junior Evan Cefalo pitched four innings and allowed three hits while striking out five Comets. C.J. Griffin closed the game with one inning, allowing four hits and zero earned runs with one strikeout.

Clay Borrelli went 3-for-3 with a triple, three runs and one RBI. Parker Hray doubled, singled, scored twice and drove in three. Steven Cruz had two hits and two runs while Cefalo had two singles. Ben Aiken, Ben Coughenour and Griffin each doubled.

The Panthers then defeated Streetsboro 7-2. Clay Crawford started and pitched a complete game. He allowed three hits, three walks and zero earned runs while striking out 14 Rockets. He also doubled and scored offensively.

Aiken doubled, singled and drove in two. Borrelli doubled and had two RBIs. Cruz singled and drove in one, Hray and John Cline singled and scored twice and Andrew Kozak singled and scored.

Norton will look to go to 19-0 when they play Ellet at the University of Akron Thursday, May 9 at 5 p.m. They will open the OHSAA Tournament Wednesday, May 15 at 5 p.m. at home versus the winner of Canton South and Coventry.

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