GLEN DALE - Edison had its season opener canceled by rain Saturday and after two innings Monday against John Marshall, Wildcats coach Spencer Bendle was probably wishing there would have been a little precipitation earlier in the day.
The Monarchs were in front 8-0 with ace pitcher Amy Rotriga in the circle. A game that looked like it was going to get away from Edison seemingly changed with two pitches.
Abby Fonow came off the bench to hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and shortstop Molly McCoy put one over the fence in right in the fifth, giving Edison the spark it was lacking. The Wildcats continued that momentum with 10 runs in the sixth and stunned the Monarchs, 13-10, at John Marshall High School.
PHOTO BY JOSH STROPE
Edison’s Abby Fonow rounds the bases after hitting a home run during Monday’s victory against John Marshall. At left is Wildcats coach Spencer Bendle. JM’s Hannah Rogerson (8) and Kylie Howard are in the background.
''(Abby) didn't start the ball game and maybe the kids felt if one of our subs can come off the bench and do something for us, maybe that was what we needed,'' Bendle said. ''You never know what is going to turn things around. John Marshall was getting runs in bunches and we were getting them one at a time.
''I told them to focus on getting one run and build from there and that was what happened before we exploded with the big inning.''
John Marshall (0-2) was in front 9-3 entering the sixth inning but things unraveled quickly.
Caitlin Brenstuhl led off with a walk, followed by a single from Kristin Prokopakis and a walk to Jen Sheets to load the bases. Brenstuhl scored on a wild pitch and the other runners moved up 60 feet.
Trisha Trifonoff walked to reload the bases. An error allowed Prokopakis to score and make it a 9-5 game.
Kasey Dellapenna singled up the middle to score Sheets and Trifonoff and chase Rotriga from the game after seven strikeouts, seven walks, and seven runs.
Megan Garcia came on to pitch but she didn't fare much better.
She began by walking McCoy. Kylie Smith reached on a fielder's choice but picked up an RBI as John Marshall shortstop Kylie Howard's throw didn't get to the plate before Kayla Prokopakis could score to bring the Wildcats within one run.
Edison tied it on the next pitch as Garcia hit Fonow in the foot.
Two batters later, Edison grabbed its first lead as Kristin Prokopakis singled up the middle. Two batters later, Trifonoff hit a two-run single and the Wildcats found themselves going from an eight-run deficit early on to a four-run lead late.
''It wasn't pretty and I know I wasn't real happy with how the game was played,'' Bendle said. ''The thing I liked about our girls is that we got down early and everybody was still up on the fence and everybody was still encouraging each other and still into the ball game.
''They stayed focused. There were some nervous kids out there and the cold probably didn't help. There are still a bunch of things we need to address and work on but the good thing is it was just the first game of the season.''
John Marshall loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth but Kayla Snyder was caught looking to end the inning. Sissy George singled in Emily Yocum in the seventh for the final run.
''I don't know what to think,'' John Marshall coach Ed West said. ''My outlook coming into the season, I thought our strongest point would be our pitching, and I still think we are going to be OK there, but our first two outings we have struggled pitching.
''We have given up a lot of walks, a lot of hits, and a few costly errors. All the mistakes we are making are correctable and I am not giving up on us yet. We are going to correct some things and we are going to get better.''
John Marshall jumped out to an early lead behind a three-run home run in the first inning from Howard. The Monarchs added five in the second, led by a bases-clearing double from Garcia. Howard had an RBI triple in the fourth.
Mikayla Tice rebounded from the rough start to earn a victory for Edison, striking out eight.