Elyria’s Sito hurls Pioneers to title, nets state’s top award

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Elyria’s Tess Sito is the 2009 Ohio High Magazine Softball Player of the Year

It’s only appropriate that Tess Sito closed out her high school career
by striking out the last batter she faced. The fact that is was for a
state title only adds to the legend. A three-time first team All-Ohio selection, teh Elyria senior is arguably the best
softball player ever from Lorain County. The 2009 Huntington Bank/Ohio
High Magazine Softball Player of the Year, she also ranks high among
the state’s best ever.


It’s only appropriate that Tess Sito closed out her high school career by striking out the last batter she faced. The fact that is was for a state title only adds to the legend.

A senior at Elyria High School, Sito capped an incredible prep career by leading the No. 1-ranked Pioneers to the Division I state softball championship with a 10-1 win over Hudson at Akron’s Firestone Stadium on June 6.

Playing in its fourth straight state tournament, Elyria had lost in the state finals the last three years.

Not again. Not with Sito.

A three-time first team All-Ohio selection, Sito is arguably the best softball player ever from Lorain County. The 2009 Huntington Bank/Ohio High Magazine Softball Player of the Year, she also ranks high among the state’s best ever.

Since her freshman year, Sito has dominated.

As a pitcher Sito has been nearly untouchable, tallying 814 career strikeouts and 75 wins. The last two years have been especially remarkable. After registering 22 wins and 170 strikeouts in spot duty her first two years, Sito broke out for 313 Ks and a 27-3 record as a junior. As a senior she went 26-3 and had 331 Ks. She issued just 22 walks.

Sito, who bats leadoff, is just as valuable with a bat in her hand.

She’s hit over .400 all four years of high school and the last two years combined to hit 11 homeruns and knock in 49 runs. She scored 46 runs herself this spring and batted .505.

Honored as the D-I state player of the year this season by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association, Sito is the youngest of five siblings. The other four (three sisters and a brother) all played softball and baseball, respectively, in college. Sito will follow suit.

In a bit of a coup, Cleveland State signed the standout in December.

“Tess is simply one of the best pitchers in the country,” CSU head coach Angie Nicholson said. “She throws hard with good location and will become even better once she learns the college game. She is also strong offensively and will play in the field when she isn’t in the circle.”

Memo to Horizon League batters – and pitchers – buckle up and bear down. — EF

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