The Conneaut softball team blasted open a 2-2 tie with a seven-spot in the fourth inning, leading up to a 12-6 victory over Grove City in both teams’ Region 6 opener on Wednesday.
“We batted around in the (fourth) inning,” said Conneaut head coach Stephanie Baer. “The girls really woke up there. They had been through the lineup. They got the nerves out, being the first game. I expected that coming in, I knew that we would be nervous. We didn’t really want to play a region game as our first game. But it happened the way it did and the girls came ready to play. I’m proud of them.”
The Lady Eagles (1-0, 1-0 Region 6) scattered a dozen hits in the ball game. Emily Baum was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Rebecca Hazen was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.
The Eagles also had four extra base hits. Kristen Laird and Kendra Miller had back-to-back triples in the decisive fourth. Kristen Baker and Brooke Phelps both hit doubles. Baker scored three times out of the lead-off spot.
Sahara Blair earned the win in the circle for Conneuat, allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits while walking five and striking out five.
“(Blair) did great,” said Baer. “The first inning was a little bit shaky, she walked the first batter. But, the same as batting, as soon as she got her nerves out she came around.”
’Hounds dump Saegertown
WILMINGTON — Three home runs powered Wilmington Wednesday afternoon to a 13-1 home win over Saegertown in five innings in a non-region tilt.
Wilmington wasted no time getting on the board, scoring nine runs in the bottom of the first, including a pair of homers in the frame.
In the third inning, Wilmington added to its lead with a four-run inning to push the lead to 13-0 before the Panthers scored in the top half of the fourth.
Kayleigh Shenker did damage on the bump for Wilmington, pitching all five innings and allowing three hits while striking out six.
Saegertown drops to 1-2 on the season with the loss, while Wilmington improves to 2-0.