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Softball: Devils Win A Slugfest

St. Clairsville gets best of U.L. girls

April 6, 2013
By KIM NORTH, For The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - In a game that had just about everything a softball game could, and then some things you would never dream of, St. Clairsville outscored Union Local 13-12 on Lady Red Devils Field on Friday afternoon.

The two Buckeye 8 rivals evenly divided 30 hits, which included five home runs - four over the fence and one inside-the-park. The telling stat was the Jets (3-4) committed four errors to just one for the Red Devils (2-2).

"It was definitely a battle of the bats," St. Clairsville coach Rachel Duncan said. "I'm proud of the way my girls battled, especially on offense because we battled back every inning.

"(Union Local) hit the ball really hard, but we came right back and hit it even harder."

Deadlocked at 11-11 in the bottom of the sixth, Bri Hummel lined a leadoff single up the middle and one out later, Lauren Figura walked. Krista Morrison ripped a single through the hole at short that scored Hummel, and after both runners moved up a base on the throw to the plate. Alicia Avila lofted a sacrifice fly to left-center that chased home Figura with what proved to be the game-winner.

Union Local didn't roll over as Ali Bethel, the No. 9 hitter, drew a leadoff walk from reliever Michaela Miller to start the seventh. Olivia Minamyer also drew a walk before the first out was recorded, and Shayna McGary lined a single back through the box to score Bethel and Brittany Stack reached on an infield single to load the bases.

Miller, however, got out of the jam by inducing a comebacker that turned into a game-ending 1-2-3 double play.

"Twelve runs should definitely win a ballgame," Union Local coach Roger Herbert said. "We had been struggling at the plate, but we hit the cover off the ball. Give (St. Clairsville) credit because they hit the ball hard, as well."

Union Local struck for three runs in the first inning as Ali Delaney singled in two.

St. Clairsville evened things in the second when Figura launched a solo homer to deep right-center leading off. Morrison followed with a double to the fence in left-center. Summer Gallentine singled in Morrison and Miller chased home Gallentine with a base rap.

The Jets responded with a three-spot in the third when Stack slugged a leadoff double to the fence in left-center that chased Figura from the circle. Delaney took the second pitch she saw deep to right-center for a two-run homer. One out later, Kaylie Cole slugged a solo shot over the fence in right-center.

St. Clairsville took the lead in the fourth when it scored four times. Gallentine reached on a one-out error and Brianna Sowers singled to left. The throw to third skipped away and went out of play, allowing Gallentine to score. Sowers took second on the throw. Miller singled to end Bethel's outing on the mound as Minamyer came on. She struck out the first batter she faced, but then walked Hummel to load the bases.

Jolyn Shunk's fly ball to deep center resulted in a bases-clearing triple. She was nailed at the plate on a fine relay throw,

but the hosts led, 7-6.

A four-run fifth made it 11-6 in favor of the Red Devils as they played a little long ball in taking the advantage. Figura and Morrison led off with back-to-back singles, and moved up a bases when Morrison's hit was kicked around in the outfield. Avila then launched a fly ball to right-center that saw the two Union Local outfielders collide as the ball rolled away. Figura and Morrison scored easily, but Avila hustled all the way for an inside-the-park homer .

On the very next offering, Gallentine smacked a shot over the fence in left that hit off the top of a car.

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