Wildcats continue fine play

BELLAIRE – Coach Melissa Lahna was a happy camper Monday after her Bellaire softball team slipped past Harrison Central, 2-1.

She wasn’t in that mood at all Tuesday night following an 8-4 loss to visiting Edison on the Bellaire Middle School diamond in Buckeye 8 action.

“You can’t leave a bunch of runners on base, commit a lot of errors like we did and expect to win a ball game,” she said. “It takes a full team to win and it takes a full team to lose.”

The Big Reds (13-7) stranded seven runners – three in scoring position – and were guilty of seven fielding miscues.

“When you’ve got bases loaded a couple of times and can’t manufacture a hit, you’re not going to score,” she added. “And when you don’t score, you don’t win.”

Trailing 6-0 after 4 innings, Bellaire had two baserunners to that point, and neither got past first base.

However, all of that changed in the bottom of the fifth when the Big Reds sent nine batters to the plate, with four of them crossing the plate to cut the deficit to 6-4.

Losing pitcher Sarah McAninch had a bases-loading single to shallow right that plated the first run. Daphne Clark’s dribbler in front of the plate got the second run home, while Dallas Messenger’s comebacker to the mound was bobbled as the third run raced in. Mackenzie Conroy then unloaded a bomb to left-center that fell at the base of the fence as one run came across. However, a fine relay throw got the next runner.

The Wildcats (7-12) responded with a pair of runs in the sixth. Lynsey Morrison lined a single to center to knock in the seventh tally. She would eventually race home on a throwing error.

Bellaire threatened again in its last at-bat as it loaded the bases with two outs. Elisha Gillespie’s third hit of the game, an infield single, chased home Clark to make it 8-5. That would be as close as the hosts would get.

“You saw those two innings,” Edison head coach Spencer Bendle said when asked if this win could jump-start his team prior to sectional action. “I don’t know if we can. I didn’t like the way we played today.”

Zoe Westfall picked up the win in the circle for Edison. She struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter. McAninch took the loss with half-a-dozen Ks and one free pass issued.

Bellaire remains at home today to host Martins Ferry in the inaugural Duane Powell Scholarship Game. The first pitch is set for 5 p.m., with all the festivities associated with the contest set for post-game.

Charli McConnell had a single and two RBIs for the Wildcats. Kayli Stewart added two singles and an RBI. Jackie Wiedaman singled for an RBI. Madison Hunter added a double.

Edison 8, Bellaire 5

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Bellaire 000 040 1 – 5 10 7

EDISON (7-12): Westfall (WP, 7K, 0W) and McConnell; Hunter D; Stewart 2S, RBI; McConnell S, 2RBI; Morrison S, RBI; Wiedaman S, RBI.

BELLAIRE (13-7): McAninch (LP, 6K, 1W) and Messenger; Clark 2S, RBI; Conroy S, D, RBI; Gillespie 3S; McAninch S, RBI