RICHMOND - The Indian Creek softball team played a strong all-around game en route to a 7-0 victory over Edison Thursday at Jefferson Lake State Park.
"It was a good day," Indian Creek (11-2) head coach Angie Penner said. "I have to give credit to the kids. They played a great game. Paige Geanangel pitched a great game. One through 10 played a good game. We made plays. We had no errors. I keep stressing to the kids that we have to play seven-strong innings."
The Redskins jumped out to an early lead, and Geanangel made it stand up as she limited the Wildcats to just two hits in pitching the shutout. She struck out eight and walked four.
"It sure was not a good day," Edison (8-7) head coach Spencer Bendle said. "We are still trying to find ourselves. We are struggling at the plate, and we are struggling to score runs. We are not doing the little things that we need to do. We are going to keep battling, and we are going to find a way to get it done."
Indian Creek outhit Edison 7-2.
For the Redskins, Abby Orr did the most damage with a single, a home run and three RBI, Paige DeMattio and Geanangel each collected a double and an RBI and Brey Mays and Bethany Davis each tallied a base hit.
"Spencer does a wonderful job," Penner said. "They always have a respectable program. Our seniors are doing a good job leading us.
"We have good senior leadership. They keep us focused."
Mikayla Tice took the loss for the Wildcats. Tice struck out six and walked three. At times, she struggled with her control as she walked in back-to-back runs in the top of the third inning.
Offensively, the Wildcats were limited to one hit in the first and one in the sixth. Caitlin Brenstuhl collected a base hit in the first inning, and catcher Kayli Stewart contributed a double in the sixth.
After a scoreless first inning, the Redskins scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the second inning on a two-run home run by Orr. Orr's blast completed a good battle between her and Tice as the Redskins' backstop belted her home run on the 12th pitch she saw in the at-bat.
"The ball Orr hit came after a pretty good battle," Bendle said. "She fouled off an awful lot of pitches. She won the battle."
DeMattio, who doubled to start the inning, scored on Orr's home run.
The Redskins tacked on three more runs in the top of third to increase their lead to 5-0. Geanangel plated a run with a base hit, and DeMattio and Orr recorded RBI when they drew bases-loaded walks.
The visitors maintained a five-run advantage until the top of the sixth. In the frame, the Redskins added to their lead with a run on a three-base error and another on a wild pitch to make the score 7-0.
"It's definitely a rivalry game," Penner said. "Everybody plays tough. We knew we were going to have to play our 'A' game. Also when we get to sectionals, we are going to have to be ready to go."
The Wildcats best chance to score came in the bottom half of the inning.
Molly McCoy reached on a walk to start the inning off, and she took third on a double into the left-center gap by Stewart. Next, Lynsey Morrison hit a groundball back to Geanangel who threw to first to record and out. McCoy broke for home on the play, and she was tagged out as she slid into the plate. Stewart also tried to move up on the play, and the catcher just beat the throw to third base as she slid in ahead of the tag denying the Redskins a rare triple play.
With the loss, the Wildcats have now lost three-straight games. Such losing streaks are somewhat rare for Edison as the Wildcats have had one of the top programs in the Ohio Valley for the last two decades.
"It is rare for us, but this year varsity softball is rare for us," Bendle said. "We have a lot of girls playing varsity softball for the first time. We are going throw a lot of growing pains. Right now, the game of softball has not been real kind to us. We have been good for a lot of years, but right now we are on the downside of that a little bit."
Indian Creek is scheduled to return to the field at 5 p.m. today against Buckeye 8 rival St. Clairsville at Bantam Ridge. Edison is scheduled to return to the field at 11 a.m. for a doubleheader at Garaway. The Pirates and Wildcats met in a doubleheader last spring at Jefferson Lake State Park.
"Right now, it isn't the opponent," Bendle said. "It goes to we don't have a good-mental state at the plate, and I think that is carrying over to our defense. We are struggling at the plate and struggling to score runs and that makes it tough on our pitchers and tough on our defense. We have to find ways to produce runs. If we do, we will be OK."
Indian Creek 7, Edison 0
Indian Creek 023 002 0 - 7 7 0
Edison 000 000 0 - 0 2 2
INDIAN CREEK (11-2): Geanangel (WP, 8K, 4BB) and Orr; Mays S; Geanangel 2S, RBI; DeMattio D, RBI; Orr, S, HR, 3 RBI; Davis S.
EDISON (8-7): Tice (LP, 6K, 3BB) and Stewart; Brenstuhl S; Stewart D.