Johnson said she hopes Friday’s loss will help the Warriors not only get back to Akron but play better at the state level.
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“The girls know what it takes to get here, and they saw what they have to do to (win) here,” Johnson said. “Hopefully we can get back.”
Northwestern’s three seniors were instrumental in the team’s success. Right fielder Maddie Current was second on the team in batting average (.474) and had 25 RBIs. Second baseman Abby Zerkle (.448 batting average) had only four errors in 30 games, and center fielder Rachel Martin scored 22 runs.
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“It’s been great playing this year with this team,” Zerkle said. “Really great all four years. I’m glad we got here.”
Aside from making the regionals each of the last four years, the Warriors captured the Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division title and won at least 24 games each season.
“I have the utmost respect for them,” Johnson said. “They came in as freshmen and did an outstanding job, and they continued to all four years. I’m very proud of what they accomplished. It was a great overall season even though we didn’t like today’s outcome.”
Northwestern will have plenty of players back to try to earn another state berth. Robbins had the best batting average (.490) and most RBIs (62). The pitcher set multiple school records this season, including career strikeouts.
Gillman (.424), Rutherford (.417) and catcher Macie Crew (.379) also had good seasons at the plate. Gillman is a sophomore, while the rest are juniors.