Fort Frye Earns Shutout of Ferry

WHEELING – Wednesday at the J.B. Chambers Complex, Fort Frye got the clutch hits, while Martins Ferry didn’t.

The end result was a 2-0 shutout for the second-seeded Cadets (14-5) against the No. 3 seed Purple Riders (9-9) on Ben’s Field in an OVAC Class AAA tournament semifinal.

”We couldn’t get that clutch hit when we had runners on the bases,” Martins Ferry coach Paige Williams said. ”Sometimes that happens. They (Fort Frye) got them when they needed them and we didn’t.”

Fort Frye coach Barbara Sleek agreed.

”That’s really what it came down to. My assistant coach just told me that we only had four hits,” she said. ”The difference was ours came with runners in scoring position.

”We found a little bit of a gap there and managed to get two runs pushed across. I really don’t care how many runs we give up – one, two, three or four – as long as we hold them. That’s our bread and butter, pitching and defense.”

Scoreless through 3.5 innings, the Cadets got the only run they needed in the bottom of the fourth. Nicole Miller looped a single into shallow left with one out and Victoria Mimken bounced into a fielder’s choice for the second out. Lexi Huck then drilled a shot down the left-field line that bounced inches fair and rolled to the fence as courtesy runner Lexi Skinner raced all the way home from first.

Fort Frye added to its lead in the fifth when Michelle Adkins drew a one-out walk and chugged home on Abby Baker’s double to right-center, making it 2-0.

The setback spoiled a fine outing by Martins Ferry senior pitcher Cirstie Delguzzo, who retired the first seven batters and nine of the first 10 Cadets that stepped to the plate.

”Cirstie pitched an excellent game,” Williams said. ”She had them off-balance early on and was hitting her spots. This is without a question the best game I’ve seen her pitch this season. It was a valiant effort.”

Cassie Hanson singled and doubled for the Purple Riders. Delguzzo legged out a pair of infield singles.

Martins Ferry stranded five baserunners, with its best opportunity to score coming in the sixth when Brooklyn Monroe bunted for a single leading off and Delguzzo followed suit. Addie Suriano advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt, but Mimken bore down and retired the next two batters to escape without any damage.