ELIDA – Somewhere, Earl Weaver has a big smile on his face. The long-time Baltimore Orioles manager was a huge fan of the three-run home run.
Elida rode of pair of those three-run dingers as it run ruled visiting Lima Central Catholic 14-4 Thursday at Dorothy Edwards Field.
The Bulldogs starting pitcher freshman Michaela Black struck out the side in the LCC first despite allowing a double to T-Bird sstarting pitcher Meredith Shepherd.
Elida wasted little time showing it offensive prowess, as the Bulldogs plated three first-inning runs when Black walked and Jenna Halpern singled for the first of her three hits in the game. Sophomore shortstop Sabrina Kline doubled both runners home. Kline would come around to score on an LCC error and the Bulldogs grabbed a quick 3-0 lead.
Black was in command as she struck out the side in the second before allowing a two-run home run to Shepherd that got LCC back to with-in 3-2.
That was when Elida brought out the big sticks.
First baseman Aryanna Brown drove a three-run homer to deep left field, and four batters later Black followed suit and drilled a home run to nearly the exact same spot as Brown did.
Just like that, the Bulldogs were in total control as they took a 10-2 lead after three innings of play.
Black continued to pile up strikeouts, as she ended the six-inning contest with 12. while allowing only four LCC hits; three to Shepherd.
The Bulldogs offense struck for 10 hits in the contest.
Elida added three runs in the fifth and a single run in the sixth to put the 10-run rule into play.
The Bulldogs were coming off a 13-3 run rule loss to perennial power Crestview Wednesday evening.
“You can’t fault our hitting, even though it’s sometimes inconsistent,” Elida coach Mike Eilerman said. “We played much better defense tonight, hopefully we’re headed in the right direction but I’m pleased with the way we bounced back from the Crestview game.”
The game was the season opener for LCC and that fact wasn’t lost on T-Birds coach Kevin Wilkerson.
“You could tell it was our first game and they had three games under their belts,” Wilkerson said. “They did a good job and their first five or six batters are loaded. Our timing was off and we must correct the errors, but we can learn from this.”
The Bulldogs improve to 2-2.