MARTINS FERRY - When a team gets soundly beaten by another, no matter what the sport or gender, it leaves a that team very frustrated.
St. Clairsville was run-ruled, 10-0, on its own diamond a few weeks back by Martins Ferry, but the Red Devils (9-11) returned the whipping Friday afternoon high atop the Purple City with a 10-3 softball victory.
Head coach Rachel Duncan's squad cracked out 14 hits in scoring in five of the seven innings. Four of the safeties were doubles, while one was a home run.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE second baseman Summer Gallentine gloves the ball as Martins Ferry’s Morgan Stalder (13) was called out at first base Friday afternoon. The Red Devils posted a 10-3 triumph.
"Our offense was back today," Duncan said. "I think it was important that we jumped on them early. We have nine people that can hit the ball. It finally came through today, and it's a good feeling."
With one out in the top of the second, Krista Morrison's soft liner to the right side was off the first baseman's glove for an infield single. Alicia Avila's bouncer to short was thrown away as Morrison chugged to third. Avila stole second prior to the left-handed hitting Otto's double to left that plated both runners.
"We really needed that hit by Mackenzie," Duncan said of Otto's two-bagger. "That got us started."
Otto would eventually score as the Purple Riders made two more errors in the inning.
"This (game) was like the Harrison Central game when almost everyone had an error," Martins Ferry head coach Paige Williams allowed. "That's not Martins Ferry softball. We had it fixed for a couple of games, but we need to get it fixed again."
Avila's RBI single with two outs in the third bumped the count to 4-0. It scored Michaela Miller who had doubled leading off.
The Purple Riders (15-7) cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the third. Krissy Hotlosz laced a single to left with one out. A slow roller to the right side by Addie Suriano resulted in her out at first, but the throw to second in an attempt to catch Hotlosz off the bag was wide of the target, allowing her to round the bases .
Kylie Stalder kept the inning going with an infield single.
She would circle the bases on Tyrah King's double to deep right-center, making it 4-2.
A 4-run fourth by St. Clairsville all but sealed the deal. Summer Gallentine banged a leadoff double to the leftfield corner and JoLyn Shunk, the Red Devils' No. 9 batter, bunted for a base hit as Gallentine went to third. After Shunk swiped second with one out, Beanz Hummel's sacrifice scored Gallentine. Miller's single made it 6-2 and Lauren Figura capped the outburst with a deep drive to centerfield that hit off the yellow covering on top of the fence and caromed over for a 2-run homer.
Martins Ferry got one of those runs back when Suriano darted home on an infield single by King in the fifth.
St. Clairsville tacked on insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Figura recorded her third RBI when she singled in Miller, who had doubled with one out in the sixth. Carlee Gillespie's 2-out double in the seventh chased in Shunk, who had reached on her third single of the game.
All the while, Miller was shutting down the hosts on six hits. She didn't strike out a batter, and only walked one. She hit one and induced a dozen groundball outs.
"Michaela pitched a good game," Duncan advised. "She's been doing a good job of late, so we kept going with her."
In addition to Shunk's trio of base raps, Miller helped herself with a pair of singles and a double. Figura and Otto had two hits each.
King was the lone multi-hit player for the Purple Riders.
Shaye DeLeonardis fanned three and didn't walk a batter.
Both teams are back in action Monday in Jefferson County as Martins Ferry travels to Richmond to meet Edison, while St. Clairsville plays Steubenville at Franciscan University.
St. C. 031 401 1- 10 14 2
M. Ferry002 010 0 - 3 6 4
Batteries: Miller and Shunk. DeLeonardis and Hotlosz
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