Lady Falcons soar past Belpre, 11-5

By Bryan Walters - [email protected]

BELPRE, Ohio — The Lady Falcons are back above .500 … and still unbeaten in the league.

The Wahama softball team broke away from a three-all tie through two innings with eight consecutive runs en route to an 11-5 victory over host Belpre on Thursday night in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Washington County.

The Lady Falcons (5-4, 2-0 TVC Hocking) picked up their first winning streak of the season and never trailed in the contest as the guests stormed out to a 3-0 edge after a half-inning of play.

The Lady Golden Eagles (2-2, 0-2) countered with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the second, but WHS countered with two runs in the third before erupting for six scores in the fourth on its way to an 11-3 cushion.

The Orange and Black mustered two runs in the bottom of the sixth to close to within six, but the game was never changed the rest of the way.

The Lady Falcons struck first blood in the top of the first as Maddy VanMatre belted a three-run homer to centerfield, but BHS responded with four hits in the second that resulted in a three-all contest.

Hannah Billups reached second base on a two-out error in the third, then advanced to third on another error that allowed Ashtyn Russell to reach first base safely. Billups came home with the eventual game-winning run on a ground out by Taylor McGrew and Russell eventually scored on a wild pitch that gave WHS a 5-3 cushion.

The guests sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth, which resulted in six runs on four hits, two walks and an error — which extended their edge out to 11-3 through four complete.

Kaitlin Richards added the last of three consecutive hits to start the bottom of the sixth, which allowed Bri Elkins and Madison Harman to score — allowing Belpre to close to within 11-5.

Both teams went down in order during the seventh frame, allowing Wahama to wrap up its second straight triumph.

Taylor McGrew was the winning pitcher of record for WHS after allowing five earned runs, seven hits and one walk over seven innings while striking out six. Katie Osburn took the loss for Belpre after surrendering 11 runs (seven earned), eight hits and three walks over five frames while fanning six.

The Lady Golden Eagles committed three of the four errors in the game. Both teams also left four runners stranded on base. WHS also claimed a 9-7 edge in the hit department.

Russell, VanMatre and Hannah Rose paced the Lady Falcons with two hits apiece, followed by McGrew, Billups and Grace Haddox with a safety apiece. Russell and VanMatre also led the guests with three RBIs each, while McGrew knocked in two runs.

Billups scored a team-best three runs and Russell also scored twice in the win.

Harman, Elkins and Richards led Belpre with two hits apiece, followed by Lauryn Simmons with a single safety. Simmons and Richards each knocked in two runs apiece, while Harman crossed home plate twice in the setback.

Wahama returns to action Friday when it hosts Trimble in a TVC Hocking contest at 5 p.m.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters

[email protected]