Bulldogs Slip By Bishops
WHEELING – The softball coaches at Bridgeport and Bishop Donahue got a look at their programs’ pitching future and had to like what they saw on a late Monday afternoon at sunny Pulaski Field.
The two freshmen twirlers, Ashley Hadzima of Bridgeport and the Bishops’ Andrea Guzek, dominated this swiftly played contest that saw Bulldogs hang on for a 2-1 victory.
Hadzima picked up a victory by scattering seven hits, allowing no walks and fanning seven. After surrendering runs in the first and third innings, Bishop Donahue’s Guzek settled down to toss a five-hitter. She walked two and matched Hadzima’s strikeout total of seven.
Both sides also played well in the field, committing just one error each.
”We got a real good effort from Ashley Hadzima,” said Bob Krajynak, the veteran Bridgeport coach. ”She’s got a little bit of an unorthodox type of delivery but it is working for her, so we are not going to change anything. By the time Ashley’s a senior, she’s going to be one of the premier pitchers in the valley.”
Speaking of ”change,” it was Hadzima’s sparkling changeup out of an elongated delivery that kept the Bishop Donahue hitters off-balance. She used the change and an effective rising fastball to pitch out of jams in three different innings.
”Both pitchers were solid,” Bishop Donahue coach Curt Mele said. ”I thought Andrea did a good job of spacing out their hits and getting key outs when they had opportunities to score.”
Bishop Donahue (6-9) started seven freshmen against Bridgeport (5-4) but Mele refused to offer that as an excuse.
”We have a very young team but this is our 15th game,” he said. ”We are trying to teach them to stay composed. If they make a mistake, they have to put it behind them and bounce back.
”I thought this was a very good high-school game. Bridgeport squeezed out a 2-1 victory and kudos to them.”
The top of the first inning started out like a hit-fest was in the works. At the plate and behind in the count 1-2 as the leadoff hitter, the Bulldogs’ Marissa Booth drove the next pitch over the head of Donahue’s left fielder Morgan Pelley and didn’t stop running until she had circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run.
Amela Smith then laced a single into center and moved all the way around to third base without an out being recorded on a stolen base and wild pitch. Guzek settled down, however, and retired the next three hitters with a strikeout, a ground ball to short that cut down Smith at the plate, and a harmless fly ball to left.
Hadzima then provided some offensive help as well, tripling over the head of right fielder Kaitlin Benda to start the third inning. Booth bounced a one-hopper back to the circle where Guzek fielded it but failed to check Hadzima back to third base before throwing to first. Hadzima took off for the plate and beat the return throw for what turned out to be game-winning run.
Bishop Donahue’s only run came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Cassie Campbell started things with a long triple over the head of Bridgeport left fielder Jenae Vavrock. Beth Wolfe’s one-hopper to short brought home the run.
With one-out in the bottom of the seventh, Megan Rush singled and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Ali Bauer, who had collected a bunt single earlier in the game. Hadzima recorded the final out on an easy pop fly to Sarah Bowers at shortstop.
Earlier, Hadzima gave up singles to Guzek and Pelley in the fourth inning but escaped the second and third jam with two out when third baseman Rachel Benda reached up and speared Rush’s bid for a two-run single. In the bottom of the first, Sarah Carpenter doubled with one out, only to see Hadzima strike out Campbell with a dazzling changeup and retire Wolfe on a popper to the circle.
Krajynak said he wasn’t surprised the two teams battled through a tight one-run game.
”They usually play us pretty tough and we do the same to them,” he said. ”I was really pleased with our defense. Early in the season we had a couple of tough games in the field but we had some girls out taking A.C.T. tests and things like that.
”When we have our infield with everybody playing where they need to be, we’re pretty good defensively.”
Valley 9, Hundred 2
PINE GROVE – Kayla Cecil singled, doubled and drove in two to back the strong pitching of Holli Schell as Valley earned its first victory.
Schell added a single and an RBI for the Lumberjills.
Jordyn Gorby had two hits, including a double, for the Hornets.
Brooke 1, Magnolia 0
WELLSBURG – LeeAnne Mazzella struck out nine and allowed one hit – a triple by Dallas Mullett – as Brooke blanked Magnolia.
Clarissa Kowalczyk singled twice and drove in a run for the Bruins.
St. Clairsville 8
BELLAIRE -Sarah Slenski struck out nine and Jesse Machovina homered, singled, tripled, and drove in a run, as St. Clairsville beat Bellaire.
Tashia Hummel added two hits, including a double, for the Red Devils.
Megan Ging singled twice and Brittaney Tuchek doubled and drove in two runs for the Big Reds (3-10).
Fort Frye 10, River 0
HANNIBAL – Nicole Miller had four hits, including a home run, as Fort Frye blanked River.
Devon Vaughn added three singles and two RBI for the Cadets (6-3).
Victoria Brandon had two of the Pilots’ (3-6) three hits, both singles.
Buckeye Local 4, Toronto 0
TORONTO – Jenna Clark struck out 14 and allowed only one hit as Buckeye Local blanked Toronto.
Dana Bettineschi tripled and singled and Shelby Bartrug singled twice for the Panthers (6-5).
Steubenville Catholic 1
STEUBENVILLE – Winning pitcher Terri Lynn Wolfe hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, as Big Red routed Steubenville Catholic.
Hannah Meyer singled, doubled and drove in a run, and Brea Magnone added a double and an RBI for Big Red (7-2).
Oak Glen 12, East Liverpool 0
CHESTER – Chelsea Pryor struck out four and walked one as Oak Glen blanked East Liverpool.
Sierra Dunlevy delivered two triples, a double and finished with four RBI to lead the way, while Maddison McPherson picked up a single, a double and two RBI for the Bears.
Taylor Watson tallied two singles to lead the way for the Potters.
Indian Creek 7
WEIRTON – Ashley Starr struck out 15 and scattered four hits, as Indian Creek beat Weir.
Paige DeMattio singled twice and drove in a run and Anastasia Haysler added a singled and an RBI to lead a seven-hit attack for the Redskins.
Kassi Robinson and Meikka Buffo both tripled, and Caitlyn Fodor doubled and drove in a run for Weir (1-7).
COSHOCTON – Maggie Starr had five singles and drove in two runs and Carlye Kehn doubled twice among three hits, as Cambridge routed Coshocton.
Chanel Ford tripled, singled twice, and added an RBI for the Bobcats (7-2).
Weirton Madonna 9
WEIRTON – Courtney Moss and Samantha Myers both hit home runs as Weirton Madonna (7-3) defeated Linsly.
Isabella Anile added a double in support of winning pitcher Rebecca Stewart (six strikeouts).
Mallory Tipton doubled for the Cadets.
Paden City 0
CAMERON – Tara Paczewski struck out nine and threw another no-hitter as Cameron walloped Paden City to win in three innings for the second time in its last three games.
Kelsey Allen homered and drove in four runs and Shelby Wood added a homer and two RBI.
Shadyside 5, Union Local 4
SHADYSIDE – Jenny Mullett had three singles and drove in a run and winning pitcher Hannah Caldwell singled, doubled, and drove in one, as Shadyside defeated Union Local.
Karli Bonar singled twice and added an RBI for the Tigers (5-6).
Lindsay Schaffer doubled and drove in two for the Jets (2-8).