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CONVOY — It was only two bad pitches.But that was all Crestview needed when it smacked back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning, en route to a hard-fought 2-1 non-league win over Bath in softball action Wednesday. Crestview is ranked ranked No. 1 in Division IV, while Bath is ranked No. 10 in Division II.For the first five innings, Bath pitcher Shelby Snyder was in control of her pitches. The junior right-hander yielded just two base hits to that point and Bath was clinging to a 1-0 lead.In the sixth, however, Crestview’s No. 3 and No. 4 batters changed the game with one swing of their bats.Melissa Eickholt led off for the Knights with a home run over the left-field fence, knotting the game at 1 apiece.Lydia Etzler followed with a solo homer of her own, giving Crestview the 2-1 advantage.Crestview pitcher Chelsey Lare finished Bath in the seventh to help her team move to 16-0. Bath slips to 13-5.Lare worked the full seven innings, allowing the one run on seven base hits, while striking out seven and walking one.Snyder also went the distance in the pitching circle, striking out nine, walking two and hitting one batter.Longtime Bath coach Laura Ford said it came down to those two at-bats for Crestview in the sixth.“Other than hanging two pitches up there, (Snyder) pitched pretty well,” Ford said.Despite recording seven hits off Lare, Ford said her team did not perform the way she expected.“We knew coming over that we needed to execute against them,” Ford said. “Give Crestview credit … they made some good defensive plays. But, we did not execute the way we should have.”Eickholt said she was not necessarily thinking of hitting a home run when she came to bat in the sixth.“It was getting to the point of the game that we needed to get base runners,” Eickholt said. “I knew if I got on that Lydia (Etzler) would move me around. But, it was nice to hit it over the fence.”Etzler said she was relieved to see the ball soar over the fence.“I was just trying to hit it hard … and it went over the fence,” Etzler said. “It felt good … especially with a 3-2 count.”Bath scored in the first inning when Snyder doubled to right, scoring Caitlin Burden from second. Burden, the No. 2 hitter, reached first on an infield single. She later stole second.Bath threatened in the fourth when Emily Shutt got on with a single. Later, Heather Piper walked, putting runners on first and second with two outs. Lare bounce back, fanning Alyssa Maag to leave the two runners stranded.Lare said she felt confident in her pitches, and in her teammates’ defensive abilities.“Bath is a good team,” Lare said. “(But) I knew I had my defense there to back me up.”Crestview coach Ali Sawmiller said the win was huge for her team. However, she noted there is still room for improvement.“Lima Bath is a great program,” Sawmiller said. “(Coach) Laura (Ford) always puts a good team out there. But, we need to string more hits together. It’s only halfway through the season, so we have a lot of time yet. “It’s a good win. But, it’s time to re-focus and get ready for our conference game (today against Ada).”  Bath         100 000 0 - 1 7 1 Crestview 000 002 x - 2 4 0 WP: Lare LP: Snyder (2B): Hicks (CV); Snyder (B) (HR): Eickholt (CV), Etzler (CV)

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