Fairfield falls to Austintown-Fitch in D-I state semifinal

AKRON — The Fairfield High School softball team’s historic run came to an end Friday afternoon.

Sydnie Watts threw a perfect game against the Indians, who dropped a 10-0 loss to the defending champion and fourth-ranked Austintown-Fitch Falcons in a Division I state semifinal at Akron’s Firestone Stadium.

Fairfield finished the season at 23-4, reaching the state tournament for the first time in 33 years. Fairfield fell to Akron Springfield 8-1 in the semifinals in 1991.

The Indians graduate seniors Abby Leugers, Jillian Huey, Leanna Lawson, Izzy Saylor, Karley Clark and Abby Stanfield. Stanfield is committed to play at Lourdes University, while Huey to Rio Grande.

The Falcons (22-1) move on to face the winner of No. 2 Pataskala Watkins Memorial (30-1) and No. 3 Whitehouse Anthony Wayne (29-1), who play later today. The state final is set for 6:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Austintown-Fitch put its first run on the board when Abygale Toth doubled to score Kaliana Ray.

Fairfield couldn’t get anything going at the plate against Watts, a junior who is committed to Georgia Tech.

The Falcons broke things open in the bottom of the fourth with a nine-run scoring spree highlighted by a Watts three-run homer.

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