Champion rallies in Regional thriller

The Champion Golden Flashes topped Waynedale 6-5 in nine innings in the Division III Regional Semifinals.

MASSILLON, Ohio (WKBN) – Champion rallied from a 4-run deficit to defeat Waynedale 6-5 in the Division III Regional Semifinals on Wednesday evening in Massillon.

Brittany Allen’s RBI single scoring Megan Turner provided the Golden Flashes with the walk-off win in dramatic fashion.

Down 5-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Champion’s McKenzie Zigmont cut into the deficit with a 2-run double scoring Jackie Mulvain and Alex Steigerwald.  Trailing 5-3 later in the seventh, the Golden Flashes tied the game when Megan Turner ripped a single to left.  Mckenzie Zigmont and Amber Ricci scored to even things up at 5-5, sending the game to extra innings.

Turner and Allen each finished the day 2-5 with 2 RBI.  Zigmont was 1-5 with 2 RBI.

Champion Pitcher Haylee Gardiner earned the complete game victory, striking out 15 batters in nine innings.

The Golden Flashes improve to 27-4, and advance to face the winner of South Range/Elyria Catholic in the Division III Regional Finals Saturday at 12 noon in Massillon.

The Bears end the season with a record of 24-4.

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