WHEELING - Eager to rebound from a disappointing loss to Toronto 24 hours earlier, the Bishop Donahue softball team took some of its frustration out on winless Beallsville Wednesday at Ben's Field at the Chambers I-470 Complex.
The Bishops scored in every inning but the second and pounded out 10 hits while rolling to a 10-1 victory in a mercy-ruled shortened contest that was halted during the bottom of the fifth.
Hard-hitting Beth Wolfe singled three times, driving in three runs, while Megan Rush collected two hits and a pair of RBI to support the four-hit pitching of junior ace Andrea Guzek.
Bishop Donahue’s Abby Randolph prepares to make contact during Wednesday’s game at the J.B. Chambers Complex.
Photo by Rick Thorp
All of the Beallsville (0-14) hits were singles as Guzek struck out six and didn't allow a walk - although she hit a batter that led to the Blue Devils' only run. Guzek also contributed offensively with a run-scoring triple in the fourth when the Bishops scored three times to take an 8-0 lead.
The game was played under miserable weather conditions, including a hard, near-freezing rain that forced a 15-minute delay at the end of the second inning.
''Credit both teams for sticking it out through some terrible weather," Bishop Donahue coach Curt Mele said.
''We haven't been playing our best ball of late and we needed this win. I thought we came back pretty well from taking one on the chin against Toronto. It wasn't a perfect game but we did what we had to do."
Bishop Donahue (10-8) put four of its hits together in the bottom of the first to jump in front 3-0. Freshman Tess Fallova, batting leadoff in the Bishops' shuffled lineup, got things started with a double into the left-center gap and she was quickly brought home when Abby Randolph singled.
Wolfe then slapped the first of her three hits into left field ahead of Rush's sharp single to center that scored both Randolph and Wolfe.
The Bishops added two more runs without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the third with the rain falling once again. Rush reached on a two-base error to start the rally, which also included two walks, a wild pitch that plated one run and a delayed double steal attempt that saw Beallsville get an out at second as the lead runner crossed the plate.
Fallova opened the fourth with a bunt single down the third-base line, stole second and moved up another 60 feet because of a wild pitch. With one out, Wolfe's single made it 6-0 and she circled the bases when Guzek's sharp hit past second base wound up as a triple when the ball rolled all the way to the fence. An error allowed another run to score, putting the Bishops ahead 8-0.
Beallsville was able to extend the game into the bottom of the fifth with one run as Kammie Daugherty was hit by a pitch, took second on Laikyn Tubaugh's single, third on a force out and then came home when the ball was thrown into center field on a stolen base attempt by Maddie Stephen.
Bishop Donahue loaded the bases thanks to Marley Keller's single, a hit batter and walk to Rudolph just ahead of Wolfe's game-ending single to center.
Veteran Beallsville coach Deb Street pointed to a couple of season-long problems that surfaced again.
''We've been struggling with pitching and defense," Street explained. ''The errors have been on routine plays which again was the problem (Wednesday)."
The Blue Devils committed five errors but they also weren't able to mount much of an offensive challenge against Guzek's strong game from the circle.