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 at St. Clairsville.
Since dropping an opening day doubleheader at Meadowbrook, Harrison 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.
HARRISON CENTRAL ace pitcher Katie Ellzy works in a game earlier this season. She was impressive again Monday at St. Clairsville. She also hit a home run in the game.
The Lady Huskies received excellent pitching from young, though tenacious freshman Katie Ellzy who stopped St. C. on a sharp three-hitter. Ellzy recorded nine strikeouts and issued but 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. C.'s junior designated player Krista Morrison accounted for two runs with a single, double and sac-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 (Tuesday) 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 leftfielder Summer Gladman made it 2-0.
Figura was hit by a pitch and later came home when Morrison socked a sac-fly for a 2-1 lighting. Harrison, however, answered with three more runs in the third.
Katie Parkinson's ground ball scored teammate Brooke Shultz. Centerfielder Jana Fenstamaker later drilled a two-run single, scoring Kara Dunfee and Ellzy.
Figura went deep in St. C.'s fourth frame but Harrison again responded, this time on Dunfee's two-run single, plating Gladman and Kiley Staley.
Harrison added a single tally in the fifth, then wrapped up the verdict on Parkinson's ribbie base knock which scored Shultz.
Staley, Dunfee and Ellzy collected two hits apiece for Harrison, scheduled to play another road game this afternoon at Steubenville Central.
Harrison Cen. 023 211 0 - 9 10 1
St Clairsville 010 101 0 - 3 3 6
BATTERIES: Ellzy and Dodds. Figura and Rykowski.