Squawsâ€™ big sixth leads to comeback over Mississinewa
STEP AND THROWâ€” Bellmont pitcher Janaya Wilder takes her time on a routine throw to first base during a recent game. The Squaws toppled Mississinewa 6-3 on Friday night at home to win their second straight. (Photo by Kalvin Fiechter)
The Squaws tallied four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday night pulling out a come-from-behind victory against potential sectional opponent Mississinewa, 6-3.
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For Bellmont (3-9), the win is their second in as many days after wiping up North Side on Thursday.
"I think their confidence coming off of a win last night helped," noted Bellmont coach Sandy Busick. "It felt like we were being productive on the bases late in the game. We took advantage of their mistakes and the next thing you know we had some runs on the board."
With the game tied 2-2 heading into the sixth, the Squaws made their first error of the game to put Kara Hovey on first base. The Indians (8-4) would make Bellmont pay as Kaitlin Bird drew a walk followed by a sacrifice bunt from Aubri Bennett moving the runners to second and third. After the second out, Nicole Herring reached on an infield single that ricocheted off of Janaya Wilder's glove on the mound scoring Hovey.
Bellmont would respond in a big way in the bottom half as Maddi Malone and Rachel Salerno started the inning with a pair of one-out walks. Courtney Scherer floated a ball just behind the pitcher's mound that froze Malone at second. When the ball was down, Malone scrambled to third and the Indians tried to get the force out but the ball was wide and went to the fence scoring the sophomore for the tie game at 3-3.
Salerno moved to third and Scherer to second on the error leaving Sadie Alberson to knock in another run with an RBI groundout. After the throw out to first, Scherer aggressively rounded third forcing a throw back to the base that was again wayward and the senior scored to make it 5-3 Bellmont.