STOW -- After suffering a pair of close losses earlier in the week, Stow-Munroe Falls was looking to get back to its winning ways when it hosted rival Cuyahoga Falls April 13 at Weddle Park.
For Cuyahoga Falls, any kind of win will suffice at this point.
The Bulldogs proved to have enough firepower to get through a somewhat disjointed game, as Stow scored an 11-4 win over Falls.
Stow improved to 3-3 overall and in the Suburban League National Conference, while Falls dropped to 0-7 overall and in the National Conference as of press time.
Stow coach Doug Hawkins said his team wasn't at its sharpest against Falls.
"Hitting hasn't been the problem for us, for the most part," Hawkins said. "It wasn't pretty out there, but we did enough. Pitching was OK. It wasn't a strong suit."
Meanwhile, Falls coach Kim Applegarth said her team's lack of experience on the field continues to show.
"We have to play defensively," Applegarth said. "It's been the story of our season. We've just been misplaying too many balls."
"We haven't been able to practice outside all year," she added. "There's only so much you can do when you're in a gym. like [dealing with] live hitting."
Falls nearly jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning after a lead-off infield single from senior shortstop Briannna Andexler. However, after designated player Alex Eves grounded out, Stow first baseman Lindsey Houck threw Andrexler out at the plate.
Stow opened the scoring with five runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Second baseman Jenna Stout reach on a misplayed infield fly ball and stole second. Stout scored on an RBI single from designated player Gillian Holcomb. Holcomb then scored on a fielder's choice by Claire O'Verko and left fielder Trinity Duran scored on a wild pitch.
Shortstop Brittany Hoopingarner then hit a two-run single to make it 5-0 after two innings.
Falls starting pitcher Tori Roger (0-2) lasted only two innings, giving up five earned runs off six hits.
However, Stow would get three more runs in the third inning off Falls' reliever Cynthia Stanfield. Stout led off the inning with a solid single, stole second and scored on an RBI double from catcher Kenndi Cesnak.
After a bunt single by right fielder Rachel Mosko, two more runs scored on a throwing error from Falls to make it 8-0.
Falls got on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Left fielder Janella Farmer led off with a triple and then came home on a wild pitch.
Farmer led the Black Tigers at the plate, going 3-or-4 with two singles, a double and two RBIs.
Stow starting pitching Macie Bell (3-2) seemed to have things under control for the first four innings, but lost her control completely in the top of the fifth.
Bell walked the first three Black Tigers she faced, followed by Farmer ripping a two-run single up the middle. First baseman Hailey Miles then smashed an RBI double to deep center field, making it 8-4 and ending the afternoon for Bell.
Bell gave up four earned runs and seven hits with four walks in four innings of work.
"We haven't quit in any game we've played this year," Applegarth said.
However, Stow relief pitcher Clara Borsilli ended Falls' rally. Borsilli got two ground outs and a strikeout to escape the fourth inning with no further damage. Borsilli allowed just one hit and no earned runs in three innings of work.
"She cleaned it up very well," Hawkins said of Borsilli.
Meanwhile, Stow's bats kept coming. A lead-off single from Eryn Church, two fielder's choices and an error led to Hoopingarner hitting a two-run singe up the middle to make it 10-4 after five innings.
Stow added one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Cesnak walked, stole second and scored on an RBI single from Church.
Stow had been coming off an 8-4 loss at North Royalton April 12, but Hawkins said it was good to be on the field.
"It's so hard to get in rhythm when you play one game and then you're off for seven days, then you play one game and you're off for four days," Hawkins said. "We're able to get some games this week, so hopefully, we'll get it back."
Falls will host a pair of games at Harrington Field this week. The Black Tigers welcome Brecksville-Broadview Heights April 17 at 4:30 p.m. and host Wadsworth April 18 at 4:30 p.m.
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