Harrison clinches Buckeye 8 softball crown by upending MF

CADIZ Harrison Central and Martins Ferry came into the contest Friday night with identical 4-1 records in the Buckeye 8. The Huskies used the long ball to take control of the Buckeye 8 softball title as the Huskies went yard three times en-route to an 8-2 win over the Purple Riders.

The victory clinches the Buckeye 8 title for the Lady Huskies, who will go after the OVAC 4A title today against Buckeye Local at the I-470 Complex in Elm Grove.

Sophomore Katie Ellzy had a stellar outing ripping a three run home run over the center field fence and onto the roof of an SUV in the bottom of the first inning and, in the circle, she allowed just three hits off the potent bats of the Purple Riders.

Kiley Staley had doubled to start the bottom of the first followed by Kara Dunfee reaching on an error before Ellzy touched off her grenade to make it 3-0 Huskies.

Webb started off the second inning for Martins Ferry with a single and freshman Shaye DeLeonardis was next to the dish and pushed a single to right field. The Huskies squelched the rally as Ellzy snagged a come backer to the mound and threw to first base for a twin killing.

Ronnie Caldwell took advantage of a second Purple Rider error to set the table for Staley who dialed long distance in the bottom of the second inning for a two-out, two-run dinger putting the Purple in a 5 run hole.

Emily Dodds had a RBI singles in both the third and fifth innings plating freshman Shianne Nameth on both occasions.

The third round tripper was off the bat of Paige Dunlap leading off the sixth inning by touching off a bomb that rocked the scoreboard in left center accounting for the eighth run.

“To my knowledge that has never happened before in the history of Harrison Central softball,” said Huskies head coach Don Bethel referencing the trio of home runs. “We are very fortunate to have a number of players capable of that kind of hitting.”

“You can not be satisfied against Ferry, because they do not quit,” said Bethel. “You can not give them any kind of momentum or they can come back and smack you, we know that.”

Brooklyn Monroe scored both of Martins Ferry’s runs as Addie Suriano pushed her across pacing the Purple with 2 singles.

“Defense has usually been our rock solid specialty,’ said Martins Ferry head coach Page Williams. “I think there were just two players on the team who did not make an error today and that has never happened.”

“It is not for lack of enthusiasm, so I am at a loss to explain it,” Williams lamented as her Purple Riders drop to 12-6. “We are just not playing up to our potential, we have lost the OVAC and the Buckeye 8 in two games, in two days and obviously we have to find a way to fix it.”

Katie Parkinson had a pair of singles to round out the Huskies 13 hit onslaught as they improve to 13-4. Martins Ferry will try and get back on track Monday as they travel to Indian Creek. Linescore:

Ferry 001 010 0 2 3 3

Harrison 321 011 x 8 13 2

Batteries: DeLeonardis and Hotlosz. Ellzy and Dodds.

Palmer can be reached at mpalmer@timesleaderonline.com