Squawsâ€™ fourth inning surge key in first win, 9-4
Janaya Wilder hurls for the Squaws in a recent game. Bellmont won their first game of the year over North Side on Thursday night, 9-4. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
Bellmont used a seven-run fourth inning to boost their way to their first win of the season against the North Side Redskins on Thursday night at the Teepee, 9-4.
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Bellmont, now 1-6, has been slowly progressing at the plate starting the year with double digit strikeouts in games but fell only twice on strikes against the Redskins' pitcher, Kailee Stuller, who went six innings in a losing cause.
North Side struck first with a two-run opening frame as three straight Redskins reached base on two infield singles and an error to load the bases.
Using aggressive baserunning, Sierra Miranda forced a throw from Courtney Scherer at the plate to third base and Miranda broke for home. She was safe under the tag putting North Side on the board. Three batters later, Aubrey Rachels hustled out another infield hit, the third of the inning, scoring the second run, Juli Davis, from third.
The Squaws would score a run in the second inning when Janaya Wilder drew a bases loaded walk to score her sister, Beka Wilder, from third.
The 2-1 Redskins lead would hold until a big fourth inning from Bellmont starting with the first seven batters reaching base safely. Allie Feasel began the frame with a walk as did Janaya Wilder and Scherer loaded the bases on fielder's choice that saw everyone safe on the base paths.
Taylor Kuhnle broke the scoring open with a bases loaded single to right-centerfield for a pair of RBIs. Hailee Hormann followed suit when she singled the next at-bat for another run and a 4-2 Bellmont lead.
Kuhnle would score from third base on a crazy play during Nicole Schevenius' at-bat as the senior put down a beautiful bunt but Kuhnle was too far down the base path and tried to retreat to third when the catcher came up throwing. The pending throw went into left field scoring Kuhnle. Hormann remained on second base but Schevenius tried to advance to that base. In a scramble back to the base, the throw to first was well too high and sailed over the fence out of play resulting in Hormann scoring from second and Schevenius taking third as the ruling was a two-base error by officials.
Schevenius would score on an Beka Wilder RBI groundout a few batters later for the sixth run of the inning and then Ashley Piper's pinch-runner, Madison Cook, scored when Jessica Walther singled to right field making it 8-2 Bellmont.
North Side would score two runs (one earned) in the fifth off of Schevenius on the mound and coach Rick Burkhalter made a change putting Hormann on the mound trading senior for senior.
Hormann would get some help from the field with runners on the corners as the Redskins would try to steal second base. Scherer came up throwing but right to the short stop Kuhnle who rifled back to home gunning down Rachels at the plate who was trying to sneak a run in.
After a walk and a single, Hormann got out of the jam by getting Miranda to fly out to end the inning.