ELIDA — Elida pitcher Kori Baker was spotting her pitches.
Bath’s hitters were kept at bay, as Baker flirted with the outside corner of the plate.
However, Bath finally adjusted and got a couple timely hits, and pulled away in the seventh inning Tuesday for a 6-1 Western Buckeye League softball victory against Elida at Dorothy Edwards Field.
Bath improves to 3-3 overall and 2-0 in the WBL. Elida slips to 1-5, 1-1 in league play.
Bath’s Annika Heminger blasted a shot over the left centerfield fence for a two-run home run in the top of the first inning to get her team off to the early 2-0 lead. Heminger’s homer drove in Tori Dackin, who got on base with a single to left.
However, after taking the early lead, Bath struggled at the plate.
In the seventh, clinging to a 2-1 lead, Bath then scored four runs on two hits – the big shot being a two-out triple by lead-off hitter Kali Armstrong, which drove in three runs. Baker walked two batters in the seventh.
For the game, Bath managed just four hits off Baker.
“I felt like in the first inning, we came out pretty much ready to go,” Bath coach Hannah Slavin said. “We put a couple good hits together. I think their pitcher did a good job of making adjustments from the second inning on, and we waited too long to make adjustments. She kept it on that outside corner. But, by the seventh inning, we were able to turn things around. We decided to move up in the box, make adjustments, go with the pitches, put the ball in play and put the pressure back on them.”
Baker pitched all seven innings for the Bulldogs. The sophomore right-hander struck out six and walked three. Baker also hit a batter, while throwing a total of 121 pitches for the game.
Baker retired the Bath hitters in order, in both the third and fourth innings.
Morgan Mosley worked all seven innings in the pitching circle for Bath. Mosley scattered six hits, while fanning five and walking two. She tossed 106 pitches in her winning effort.
Elida scored its lone run in the fifth, on an RBI single to center by lead-off hitter Erika Suever (2 for 3).
Mosley managed to work her way out of a few jams as Elida left a total of six base runners stranded.
“We played well,” Elida coach Hillary Crawford said. “It was 2-1 up until the seventh inning. We were in it. We’re a young team and most of the things we did wrong were mental errors – things we just have to learn from as we gain a little more experience. We had some hits. We just were not scoring. We need to put it (the hits) together.”
Along with Suever recording two hits for Elida, teammate Nevaeh Vorhees also had a two-hit night.
Defensively, Elida committed four errors, while Bath made just one.
“After getting outside yesterday for practice, we were able to work on some game situations,” Slavin said. “That definitely helps build the trust out there, of knowing where everyone is on the field.”
Slavin said there is still a lot of room for improvement for her squad.
“I’m happy that we made those adjustments,” she said. “I just wish we could have made those adjustments in innings 4, 5 and 6. But, I’m proud at the way we rallied together. The WBL is always tough. So, to come out with another one (win) in the WBL – we’ll take it.”
According to Crawford, this season will be a work in progress for her young Elida team.
“We only have two returning letterwinners from last year’s team. We are getting the experience, game by game, and doing the best we can. We are working hard,” she said.
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