Two Lady Spartans and their coach got the opportunity to finish their acclaimed softball season in style June 8.
Springfield’s Quartni Whited and Sarah Stubbs were invited to play in the 2011 City All-Stars versus Portage All-Stars game at Firestone Stadium. Springfield head coach Roger Errington was awarded the privilege of coaching the game.
With the help of a seven-run seventh inning, the Portage All-Stars easily handled the City All-Stars 11-1.
The Portage All-Stars only gave up three hits in the game, while racking up 10 of their own. The Portage All-Stars were aided by six errors from the City All-Stars as well, as they went on to take a 3-1 lead in the third inning, add a run in the fourth, and add their final seven in the seventh.
Twelve batters took the plate in the seventh inning for the Portage All-Stars, which had three hits and two walks to go along with the Akron All-Stars’ three errors in the inning.
Stubbs was the fourth batter in the inning and reached base on an error after a soft hit to third base. Stubbs went on to score on a two-RBI single from Kent Roosevelt’s Sam Lockhart.
Whited pitched the bottom of the seventh inning and Stubbs caught. Whited struck out North’s Chanda Woodall for the second out of the inning, then got Ellet’s Courtney Wright to pop to short stop to end the game.
With that, Errington had earned his first official win as an All-Star head coach.
“This is my first time as a head coach of this,” he said. “I helped last year.”
Errington also received accolades as the Portage Trail Conference Coach of the Year. Errington, who won the award for the first time in his four years as head coach, led the Lady Spartans to an 18-7 (12-2) record and outright PTC championship.
“I’m very happy to get that. It’s an honor,” he said.
The Spartans earned the PTC title by dethroning the Field Falcons, which won the PTC championship each of the past four seasons. The Spartans won the championship and their Ohio-record ninth State Championship the year prior to Field’s streak in 2005. Errington is shooting for the 10th next season, and will have Whited and Stubbs back to help him earn it.
Whited and Stubbs, both sophomores, were two of three Lady Spartans named to the First Team, All-PTC. The other, Cassy Flores, was a freshman.
The Spartans also had three players named to the Second Team, All-PTC: senior Jessalyn Johnson, and juniors Lydia Sanner and Gabby Lessak.
Johnson was the Spartans’ only starting senior.
Other Portage All-Stars players included: Lockhart and Megan Nicholls (Kent Roosevelt), Rachel Everson and Emily Pierson (Ravenna), Emily Gahagan and Kayla Williams (Southeast), Kelsey Coleman and Hannah Fisher (Field), Presley Destro and Calee Ruppel (Mogadore), Maiya Formick and McKenzie Iarussi (Rootstown), Kodi Costanzo and Lauren Cox (Norton), and Erica Huntsman and Amy Donze (Woodridge).
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