The Bellmont softball team trailed 3-0 after just two innings against visiting New Haven on Monday, and didn't have enough oomph to overcome the Lady Bulldogs in a 4-2 loss.
Bellmont got off to a rough start in the first, giving up two runs on two hits. Squaws pitcher Janaya Wilder walked the first New Haven batter, and threw one past the plate.
The Lady Bulldogs struck first with two runs in the top of the first inning on an RBI double by Taylor Vachon and then an RBI single by Hadley Decker. One more in the second made it 3-0 early for the visiting Bulldogs.
Bellmont countered in the bottom of the third, when Hailee Hormann began the second inning by reaching base on an error after her hit was bobbled at second base. Hormann scored on another error, this time with Jessica Walther at bat, to cut the New Haven lead to 3-1.
The Squaws were able to regain their composure for the middle portion of the game, when Wilder retired seven batters in a row, including 9 for 10 through the third, fourth and fifth innings. She struck out four. While New Haven was able to make solid contact against Wilder, the sophomore pitcher forced mostly popups for easy outs.