Cuyahoga Falls — Stow-Munroe Falls and Cuyahoga Falls softball played a tight contest May 3 at Harrington Field — at least until the Bulldogs found their offense late.
Stow scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to set up a 6-3 win over
Stow’s record stands at 7-10, 5-8 in the Suburban League National Conference, while Falls fell to 4-13, 0-12 in the National Conference as of press time.
As he has done several times this season, Stow coach Doug Hawkins chose to switch pitchers in the middle of the game.
After 3.33 innings from starter Clara Borsilli, Hawkins called on freshman Katie Kelly and Kelly (1-1) pitched 3.67 inning of shutout relief to pick up her first varsity win.
Stow opened the game with a double by center fielder Claire O’Verko past third base. O’Verko stole third and came home on an RBI single from catcher Gillian Holcomb.
Holcomb would score on a throwing error to make it 2-0.
Stow’s defense was committed three errors in game and helped contribute to Falls rally in the bottom of the third inning.
With two outs, the Black Tigers did all of their damage. A single by shortstop Brianna Andexler was followed by an infield singe from second baseman Courtney Hasenstab.
Center fielder Kyia Saxon then grounded to the mound, but a throwing error allowed Andexler to score.
Falls designated player Alex Eves then came within about three feet of a home run. She belted a double halfway up the fence in left field, making it 3-2 Falls after three innings.
Stow tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fourth inning when Holcomb drew a bases-loaded walk. However, Hawkins was looking for more, as the Bulldogs had loaded the bases with no out.
After Borsilli gave up a single in the bottom of the fourth, Kelly was brought in. After hitting Falls’ Annah Bobbitt with a pitch, Kelly would retire nine straight batters.
Miles also seemed to get stronger as the game went on, retiring nine straight Bulldogs herself.
With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, however, an error allowed Stow shortstop Brittany Hoopingarner on. Stow took advantage with back-to-back RBI doubles from third baseman Hanna Ingram and and second baseman Jenna Stout.
Stow then got an RBI single from designated player Kenni Cesnak to make it 6-3.
Andexler drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the seventh and Hasenstab reached on an error, but Andexler was thrown out a third base. Kelly then struck out Saxon to end the game.