BELLAIRE - The host Big Reds batted around in the first inning, scoring six runs to chase Martins Ferry starter Mike Oberdick off the mound as the Big Red rolled on to a 13-3 mercy killing in 6 innings.
"We came out and set the tone early," said Bellaire skipper John Patrone. "We are young at a lot of positions and we needed that boost to give us a little confidence."
Nathan Steele and Tyler West started the rally with a pair of singles, the pair moved up on a passed ball and then Steele raced home on a wild pitch. Nick Patrone was at the plate and drew a walk then with runners at the corners coach John gave the sign for the steal and the throw from the catcher sailed into center field allowing West to score.
Hurdling Bellaire base runner Nathan Steele, Martins Ferry third baseman Tyler Strama goes airborne to field a throw during Thursday’s game in Bellaire. Bellaire won in 6 innings, 13-3. Additional images may be found at cu.timesleaderonline.com
Hunter Westlake and Dalton Conroy both got a free pass to load the bases and Ross notched two RBIs with a single and Purple Rider coach Anthony Reasbeck called for sophomore Brenden Baire,
"When we come out and throw strikes we are a good ball club," said a ruffled Reasbeck. "When we play like we did tonight we are not going to beat anybody."
After the first the Purple Riders were down 6-0 but the top of the order came up in the second inning and added three more as Steele walked, West singled and Patrone loaded the bases with a ball four call.
Westlake singled to score Steele and West and Patrone followed when a throw to third base skipped away from Tyler Strama.
Martins Ferry had an opportunity in the top of the fourth as it loaded the bases with one out. Steele moved to the mound and the Big Red reliever got Jeremy Plants to hit a sacrifice fly, plating Sutton for the Purple Riders first run, then sat down Brenden Baire looking to get out of the jam.
Marcus Sutton and Andrew Chlon both singled with one out in the fifth and Robert Vargo notched a pair of RBIs to hold off the run rule.
In the bottom of the sixth frame Conroy came home on an error and Ross crossed the dish to enact the 10 after 5 on an RBI single by Dom Vinka.
"Anytime you play Martins Ferry you can not make many mistakes," said coach Patrone. "We are happy to get the win and hope we can build on it and take some of that confidence with us into the next game."
The Big Reds are now 8-9 and will host Meadowbrook Saturday in Bellaire while the Purple Riders fall to 7-8 and host St. Clairsville Saturday morning at 10 in a single game.
Martins Ferry 000 120 - 3 5 3
Bellaire 630 112 - 13 10 2
Batteries Oberdick, B. Baire (1), E. Baire (4) and Scott. Patrone, Steele (4) and Back.
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