WHEELING - The Bishop Donahue softball team jumped in the air and celebrated its 3-2 victory against Wheeling Central like it was a huge weight lifted off its back.
The Bishops haven't had much success against the West Virginia Class A powerhouse so Wednesday's victory had that kind of feel.
Coach Curt Mele was happy, but still delivered a very strong message to his girls in the Lisa's Field outfield.
Bishop Donahue’s Andrea Guzek works to the plate.
Photo by Josh Strope
''Great win for us but it's just one win,'' Mele said. ''We still have 29 games to go. Wheeling Central is the class program of the state. We beat a helluva team. We beat a helluva program.
''I'm just real proud of the character my girls showed.''
Bishop Donahue hasn't exactly started the season off with cupcakes, having played Cameron on Monday. In that game, the Bishops and Dragons were tied at 3-3 heading into the sixth before Cameron won, 5-3.
Bishop Donahue (2-1) couldn't pull that one out and this one almost slipped from its fingers as well.
Wheeling Central (1-1) took control of the game by scoring two unearned runs in the fifth inning. Bishop Donahue had chances to get out of the inning but bad throws and dropped fly balls allowed the inning to stay alive.
Bri Robbins put Wheeling Central ahead with a single up the middle to score Sarah Henry and put the Maroon Knights on top 2-1.
Instead of saying ''here we go again,'' the Bishops regained control in the next inning.
Katie Scott led off with a walk and advanced to second on a groundout. Beth Wolfe drove her home with a single to right as Scott barely beat the throw to the plate. Wolfe advanced to second on the throw.
Two batters later, Tess Fallova hit a soft single to right. Wheeling Central right fielder Maria Olson thought she could get her at first to end the inning but Fallova beat the throw. That allowed Wolfe to come around and score the winning run.
''We are still a very young team, we still don't have a senior and we started seven juniors, a freshman and a sophomore,'' Mele said. ''That inning showed a lot of character, not getting down on each other. We were up the whole game and they just kept battling, battling, battling. Luckily we came out on the positive end.''
Andrea Guzek earned a victory, limiting the Maroon Knights to four hits, while striking out four. She also had an RBI single in the fourth inning to put the Bishops up 1-0.
After Bishop Donahue regained the lead, Guzek sat down the final six Wheeling Central batters.
''Bishop played well and they made less mistakes than we did,'' Wheeling Central coach Rick Magruder said. ''(Guzek) did a good job and we couldn't hit the ball, or at least hit it well. Long fly balls anyone can catch. Bishop played a good game and did what they had to do to win.
''It was one of those days. We got those couple runs and I thought we were going to explode there and we never did.''