Bridgeport, Ruble Overpower Linsly in Softball Action
Bridgeport pitcher strikes out 13, allows two hits
WHEELING — Brooklyn Ruble is one of the premier pitchers in the OVAC. The Bridgeport ace flashed her “A” game at Holloway Field Monday afternoon, blanking Linsly, 5-0, in a quickly played affair.
Ruble was totally dominating, striking out 13 Cadets while yielding two hits as Don Cash’s Bulldogs improved to 5-4.
“Brooklyn pitched extremely well (Monday). When she is on, she is one of the best in the valley,” Cash said. “Brooklyn was in total command today. She was impressive.”
Ruble surrendered a first-inning single to Maddie Menendez and a sixth-inning double to Karena Recrosio. The senior fireballer issued just two walks.
Kelsey Smith, meanwhile, turned in a fine effort in the circle for the hosts. She was touched for just one run over the first five innings, that coming in the first frame on two Cadet errors.
Bridgeport, however, broke matters open with a four-spot in the sixth inning.
Senior sparkplug Angie Sommer opened with a single before Bri Conaway was hit by a pitch. Ruble aided her cause by crushing a run-scoring single to deep right-centerfield.
Junior third baseman Sierra Simeth capped the uprising for the reigning OVAC 2A champions by blasting a three-run homer over the left-field fence.
“I was happy with the bottom of our batting order. They put the ball in play,” Cash said. “I just want to see consistent hitting game-in and game-out. We haven’t shown that yet.
“This was an nice win. We were solid in the field, also. Hopefully, we can show continued growth as we head into the post-season.”
Ruble was the lone Bulldog to check in with two hits. Bridgeport is idle today before visiting Shadyside Wednesday.
Smith fanned two and walked one. She was touched for five hits.
“We ran into a tough pitcher. She is the best we have seen all year,” Linsly coach Darryl Crews said. “We have been cursed by one bad inning all year. The sixth inning hurt us.
“Kelsey pitched pretty well. A couple of errors hurt us in the first inning. I told the girls they have to forget about (Monday) and get ready to play ball again tomorrow. They will be ready. They are a great bunch of girls.”
Linsly is now 7-5 on the campaign. The Cadets welcome East Liverpool to the Leatherwood campus this afternoon.