ST. CLAIRSVILLE - They hit, they pitched, they defended. Not surprisingly, they prevailed.
"When you're able to execute in those three areas, you normally always give yourself a chance to win," said Harrison Central's Donnie Bethel after his Lady Huskies achieved all the above in a 9-3 Monday afternoon road victory.
Since dropping an opening-day doubleheader at Meadowbrook, Harrison Central has run off five consecutive victories, including two over Rachel Duncan's Red Devils, who came out of Monday's decision with a 4-4 ledger.
The Lady Huskies received excellent pitching from freshman Katie Ellzy who tossed a sharp three-hitter. Ellzy recorded nine strikeouts and issued two walks.
"I don't know what more you could ask of a freshman," Bethel related. "Katie mixes pitches well and realizes she can be dominant at times."
Ellzy yielded only a solo home run to mound opponent Lauren Figura. St. Clairsville's junior designated player Krista Morrison accounted for two runs with a single, double and sacrifice fly.
Duncan was much more concerned regarding her team's frequent misplays in the field.
"You can't commit six errors and expect to beat anyone," Duncan advised. "And three hits won't get it done, either. We need to regroup, have a good practice and come back strong Wednesday (at Union Local)."
Ellzy accounted for the game's opening tally, crushing a Figura offering well over the fence in center field. A sacrifice fly off the bat of left fielder Summer Gladman made it 2-0.
Figura was hit by a pitch and later came home when Morrison socked a sacrifice fly. Harrison Central , however, answered with three more runs in the third.
Katie Parkinson's ground ball scored Brooke Shultz. Center fielder Jana Fenstamaker later drilled a two-run single, scoring Kara Dunfee and Ellzy.
Figura went deep in St. Clairsville's fourth frame but Harrison Central again responded, this time on Dunfee's two-run single, plating Gladman and Kiley Staley.
Harrison Central added a single tally in the fifth, then wrapped up the verdict on Parkinson's base knock which scored Shultz.
Staley, Dunfee and Ellzy collected two hits apiece for Harrison Central, scheduled to visit Steubenville Catholic Central today.
Harrison Central 9, St. Clairsville 3
Harrison Central 023 211 0 - 9 10 1
St. Clairsville 010 101 0 - 3 3 6
HARRISON CENTRAL (5-2): Ellzy (WP, 9K, 2BB) and Dodds; Dunfee 2S, 2rbi; Ellzy HR, S, rbi; Fenstamaker S, 2rbi; Staley 2S; Parkinson, 2rbi.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE (5-5): Figura (LP, 2K, 1 BB) and Rykowski; Morrison S, D, 2rbi; Figura HR, rbi.