Lady Fliers Donate Win to Bellevue today. 7-6
Longtime Bellevue Softball Coach Wally Snyder has built a highly successful program. The past six seasons the Lady Red conquered the now defunct NOL with Championships.
Now in the new Lake Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference, the Red seem a fair bet to challenge again for a title.
Today, our girls did themselves no favor by committing two first inning errors and four in total. Against quality teams, the little miscues often add up to huge reasons why a loss is inevitable.
The Fliers came out ready to get after their rival. Singles by leadoff hitter Delayney Gill and 2 hole slugger Kylie Cantu gave promise to a big inning. But the next two Lady Fliers struck out and flew out. Centerfielder Senior McKenzie saved the inning by crushing a three run blast to give Coach Marshall’s disciples a 3-0 lead.
Bellevue never wasted a minute against Flier starter Hunter Schwochow. The Red Machine knocked out five singles and the blue and Gold infield messed up two chances for errors.
Down 4-3 heading into the second, our ladies answered the Lady Red. Julia Munoz led off with the first of her four hits, a single to left. She later scored on a third baseman’s error.
With the score tied at four, the game remained a scoreless battle until the Bellevue fourth. Centerfielder Pressler got on because of another Lady Flier ‘donation’. She managed to get around and score without any hit off starter Hunter Schwochow.
In the fifth however, Mohr, Bellevue’s shortstop blasted a Schwochow offering over the left field fence. Score now, 6-4, our Lady Fliers still seemed in it, but the curse of all those ‘donations’ seemed to hang like some kind of choke hold over the blue and Gold.
Bellevue quietly scored what proved to be the game winner in their sixth. Two leadoff singles, a sacrifice bunt, and another crucial error produced a seventh Lady Red run.
Our girls continued to battle in the top of the seventh. After a leadoff strike out, senior Sydney Helms walked. Up came 3-3 Julia Munoz. The right fielder climaxed her great day at the plate with a homer to left. Julia’s blast brought our team to within one at 7-6. Unfortunately, the Lady Red hurler rose to the occasion by silencing the next two Lady Flier batters.
It was a tough loss for our very young Lady Fliers. It was a winnable challenge but sloppy defensive play led to extra chances for a very good team. Our girls learned a lot today and given the girls’ make up, look for better play to happen in a still young season.
In addition to Julia’s 4-4 game, Kylie Cantu and freshman Jasmine Minch went 2-4.