BRIDGEPORT - Holding onto a 2-0 lead entering the top of the seventh, debuting Martins Ferry delivered the knockout punch. The Purple Riders sent 13 batters to the plate in their final at-bat, with eight of them scoring in a 10-0 blanking of host Bridgeport Monday night in girls' high school softball action on Irene Ehni Field.
Junior catcher Krissy Hotlosz ignited the 8-run outburst, which was aided by some bad fielding on the Bulldogs part. Hotlosz laced the 10th pitch she saw up the middle for a single. Six of the next seven batters reached base safely and scored.
Following Hotlosz's single, which came after she fouled off a half-a-dozen offerings from Bridgeport freshman Miranda Bowers, Brooklyn Monroe dropped a bloop single into shallow left. With one out, No. 9 hitter Kelsey Spielvogel singled to right as Hotlosz came around to score. Morgan Stalder doubled in two runs to make it 5-0 DeLeonardis helped her own cause with an RBI single.
Back-to-back fielder's choices and a throwing error allowed three more runs to score. Hotlosz, batting for the second time in the inning, slapped another base knock that produced a run. Katie Southerland capped the uprising with an RBI single to center.
The game was scoreless for three frames as DeLeonardis and Bowers were exchanging goose eggs. However, that changed in the Martins Ferry fourth.
DeLeonardis reached on an error leading off and freshman Mercedez McLeod doubled to the fence in left-center. Tyrah King followed with a line drive to the same place that resulted in a double and both runners scoring for a 2-0 cushion.
Even though she wasn't her sharpest, DeLeonardis persevered and went the distance. The sophomore struck out seven and walked two, while scattering five singles. She retired nine of the final 10 batters she faced.
Bowers struck out a pair and walked one.
Wheeling Park 3, Cambridge 2
WHEELING - Carly Greer gave up two runs on three hits as Wheeling Park beat Cambridge for its first victory of the season.
Ashleigh Sidon added two triples for Park (1-0), while Kat Donzella doubled among two hits and drove in three runs.
Indian Creek 5, Beaver Local 0
WINTERSVILLE - Paige Geanagel tossed a one-hitter over six innings as Indian Creek blanked Beaver Local.
Cheyanne Allan had an two RBI single in the second for the Redskins (3-0), while Geanangle had a two RBI single of her own in the fifth.
River 8, Monroe Central 1
HANNIBAL - Monica Curtis allowed one run on five hits as River beat Monroe Central.
Haylee Bowers added three hits and drove in a run for the Pilots (3-0), while Curtis also collected three hits.
Alison Kuhn led the Seminoles (0-2) with a triple among two hits and Erin Miller doubled.
Paden City 11, Clay-Battelle 6
PADEN CITY - Hannah Stanley went 5-for-5 with a double as Paden City beat Clay-Battelle.
Taylor Cosper, who came on in relief in the second to earn the win, doubled among four hits and drove in a run for the Wildcats (2-4), while Katie Sherves drove in three runs on two hits and Graceson Baker doubled among two hits and drove in two runs.
Amanda Wolfe took the loss for the Cee-Bees (0-1) and added two hits and two RBI.
Buckeye Local 9, Edison 3
RICHMOND - Kierstyn Czuchran had a three-run homer as Buckeye Local beat Edison in a mutual season opener.
Lauren Swiger added two doubles and two RBI for the Panthers (1-0).
Kayli Stewart homered among two hits and drove in two runs for the Wildcats (0-1).
Oak Glen 10, Wellsville 1
NEW CUMBERLAND - Logan Andrews threw a three-hitter as Oak Glen beat Wellsville to stay undefeated.
Andrews sat down 11 and added two hits for the Golden Bears (5-0), while Mikayla Crane drove in two runs.
Madonna 14, Cameron 9
CAMERON - Rebecca Holtz cleared the bases with a hard hit into right field as Madonna beat Cameron in 11 innings.
Holtz hit, which was misplayed by the right fielder, drove in three runs as the Blue Dons (2-1) posted five runs in the 11th.
Marissa Mintell homered and doubled among four hits for the Dragons (2-3), while Bailey Wood doubled among two hits and drove in a run.
Oak Glen 5, East Liverpool 3
NEW CUMBERLAND - Zac Porter struck out seven as Oak Glen picked up its first win of the season as it beat East Liverpool
Porter also drove in a run for the Golden Bears (1-2), while Patrick Reardon had a hit and drove in two.
Paden City 11, Beallsville 1
PADEN CITY - Zach Heasley doubled and drove in two runs as Paden City beat Beallsville.
Issac Hall had three hits with an RBI for the Wildcats (2-3), while Luke Cooper doubled among two hits and drove in a run.
Bishop Donahue 14, Paden City 0
PADEN CITY - The Wildcats couldn't keep their momentum going as they fell to Bishop Donahue in the nightcap.
Hunter Kaschke went 4-for-4 with a double and a home run and drove in four runs for the Bishops (2-2), while Kent Jones tripled among two hits and drove two in.
Kaschke also picked up the win as he allowed only four hits.
Madonna 12, Toronto 4
TORONTO - Luciano Fuscardo doubled twice as Madonna beat Toronto to remain undefeated.
Kaleb Baire doubled among two hits and drove in two runs for the Blue Dons (4-0), while Ross Comis had two hits and drove in three runs.
Linsly 10, Barnesville 0
BARNESVILLE - Jameson Murray allowed three hits over five innings as Linlsy blanked Barnesville.
Colton Coss had three hits to lead the Cadets.
Martins Ferry 11, Indian Creek 6
WINTERSVILLE - Ethan Baire doubled among three hits and drove in a run as Martins Ferry beat Indian Creek in eight innings.
Robert Vargo doubled among two hits for the Purple Riders.
Shadyside 3, River 0
HANNIBAL - Zach Frizzi struck out 15 batters and allowed only three hits as Shadyside blanked River.
Eric Dierkes collected two of the Pilots' three hits.