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Going into Wednesday night's Northeast Hoosier Conference game with only three wins on the season, the Bellmont Squaws hopefully found a spark that will turn their season around as they shocked NHC powerhouse Carroll by a 3-2 tally at the Bellmont diamond.
Timely hits and strong defense played the key roles for Bellmont in the win.
"We're just 4-12 on the year but I've liked this team from the beginning. They can play defense and we've tried to build the team about defense. I was real pleased with the job our defense did tonight and I think it helped pick up our bats on offense," noted Bellmont coach Rick Burkhalter.
Both teams knocked out seven hits in the game but Bellmont used their hits to their advantage and didn't stand many runners.
Hailee Hormann drilled a two-strike, two-RBI triple in the bottom of the second to erase a 1-0 Carroll lead. After Carroll had scored first in their half of the first off BHS starter and winner Janaya Wilder, the Bellmont bats zipped off three straight hits to open the second off Carroll hurler Katy Guebard. Brie Burkhalter singled and Taylor Kuhnle singled to set the stage for the Hormann triple and a 2-1 edge.
What proved to be the winning run came in the bottom of the fourth with Hormann again figuring in the scoring. She reached base on an error by the second baseman and moved to second on a sacrifice by Lauren Bowman. Hormann scampered home on a RBI single off the bat of Natalie McConnell.
With the 3-1 edge going into the fifth, Burkhalter decided to make a pitching change and brought in Brie Burkhalter.