Stow-Munroe Falls softball had things get a bit too interesting in the seventh inning of its season opener, but the Bulldogs pulled out a 3-2 win over Wadsworth March 29 at Weddle Park.
A sacrifice fly by Stow third baseman Hanna Ingram plated the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, after Wadsworth had rallied to tie the game in the top of the seventh.
Stow second baseman Jenna opened the second inning with a single off the second baseman’s glove. She then stole second base and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Kenndi Cesnak.
Left fielder Gillian Holcomb then put a bunt down in front of the plate. Crookston decided to throw to the plate, but Stout slide home safe under the throw to make it 1-0.
Stout again was the catalyst for Stow in the bottom of the fourth inning, as she led off with a single to center. Cesnak followed with single behind first base to put runners at the corners with no outs.
The Bulldogs then worked a perfect double steal, as Cesnak nabbed second and Stout again beat the throw home, making it 2-0 after four innings.
Stow starting pitcher Clara Borsilli was in command for the first six innings, limiting the Grizzlies to just three singles. One sign of Borselli’s effectiveness was the fact 15 of the 18 outs she recorded came off ground balls.
The Grizzlies, however, finally found their hitting stroke in the top of the seventh inning.
Crookston led off the inning with a double to the fence in center field, followed by an RBI single from catcher Maddi Long. Long moved to second base on the throw and then came home when right fielder Rynn Rench hit an RBI single, tying the game at 2-2.
Borsello pitched six innings, allowed two earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts. She did not walk a batter.
After a single by Wadsworth second baseman Kaylin Hurrle, Bell (1-0) was facing runners at second and third with only one. However, she induced two straight groundouts to Ingram at third base to escape the jam.
Stow got right back to it, as right fielder Rachel Mosko led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to left. Designated player Lauren Keyser then put down a sacrifice bunt and center fielder Claire O’Verko singled to put runners on the corner.
That gave Ingram the chance to be the hero. Ingram hit a fly ball to deep center field, which was dropped by the center fielder. It ended up not mattering, as Mosko ended up tagging and scoring from third base to plate the winning run.
Stow will to host Nordonia March 30 at Weddle Park.