Wickliffe, Ohio-The Kenston Bombers (6-7) came to visit the Wickliffe (11-2) Blue Devils
A combined 13-run first inning was started off as Sophia Catellone leadoff the game in style with a triple. The News-Herald Softball Player of the Week, Devan McCabe drove in the first run in a five-run 1st for the Bombers, with an RBI double. Angela Kale dumped a base hit to left putting runners on the corners, setting up Colette LaSalvia who got her big game started off with RBI double. Katie Lustig drew a walk to load the bases. Aurora Young hit into an infield fly, but an error on the catch allowed LaSalvia and Kale score, bringing their lead to four. Maria Cowoski earned an RBI on a ground out. Madison Schmoldt singled to center, but Jasmine Sandoval struck out swinging, ending the frame with Kenston up 5-0. Laylah Ruscin singled to open it for Wickliffe, Stealing 2nd and 3rd and setting up Carla Sackas layed down a bunt and was called safe on the throw scoring Ruscin. Mackayla Gazdak flied out for the first out. Abby Schneider and Maddie Kita drew back to back walks. Emma McCandish came through big time with a two-run single. Savannah Javins was McCabes first and only strikeout of the night. Madison Nicholas reached 1st on another free pass from McCabe. The bases would be loaded again for Amanda Peklay tied the game with a clutch single that scored two runners. Ruscin would come to bat for the Blue Devils bat around, and with one swing she gave them the lead. Ruscin hit a go-ahead three-run homer, completely changing the dynamic of the game. Sackas flied out to end the inning.
As the Bombers opened the 2nd inning looking to strike back as they found themselves down three runs. Cartellone flied to left and McCabe struck out to quickly retire the first two batters. Kale collected another base hit, LaSalvia´s grounder to 3rd ended the top of the 2nd. Wickliffe would add on to their lead, scoring a run on a base hit from Kylee Janey that drove in the leadoff hitter Gazdak, who singled to open the frame. After Gazdaks at-bat Kita flied out to center, Schneider singled, and would advance to 3rd on Janey´s RBI double. McCandish lined out to 3rd, followed by Janek´s hit, Nicholson was the final out of the inning, as Cowoski made the catch in center.
Lustig was set to lead off as the Bombers had even more work to do. She was able to muster up a pop out. Young followed that up with a triple. Nothing would come of it as a strikeout and fly out ended the Bombers half of the 3rd. Peklay grounded right to McCabe, making the first out. Ruscin hit her second home run in as many innings with an inside the park homer. Sakacs doubled and Gazdak singled to drive her home. The third home run of the game and second of the inning as Kita crushed one over the center field fence. Her two-run homer made it 13-5. On her first swing, Amy Schneider hit the third home run of the inning, and fourth of the game as a whole. All of a sudden the Wickliffe lead had grown to a rout as they were up by 9. Lustig came in for relief, allowing a walk, then committed a throwing error to put McCandish on 3rd and Janey on 2nd. Nicholson´s sacrifice fly to to left allowed McCandish to score. Peklay forced her way on with a walk but Ruscin popper out to 3rd and ended the inning.
A big inning for Kenston, as they were able to cut into the lead. The inning started off with a Sandoval ground out, but after the grim start things got rolling for the Bombers immediately after. Cartellone tripled again, McCabe drew a walk, Angela Kale came through with a base hit to center to bring home Catellone. The score stood at at 15-6, but Colette LaSalvia responded to the Blue Devils home runs with one of her own, a three-run home run to cut the lead to 6. Lustig continued the inning with a basehit, but Young and Cowoski were both retired to end the inning for Kenston, but a four run inning brought them back into it. Sakacs grounded to the star of the Bombers offense to this point, LaSalvia, to set down the first batter of the inning. Gazdak reached with a walk, and quickly stealing 2nd and 3rd. Kita´s sacrifice fly brought Gazdak across the plate. Schneider singled but was tagged out as she was caught in a pickle trying to advance to 2nd.
The Bombers continue their fight as Schmoldt and Sandoval went down without any trouble. A basehit and two-base error allowed Cartellone to reach 3rd. McCabe and Kale both get RBIs on errors, bringing the score to 16-10. LaSalvia flied to Ruscin, to retire the side. McCandish lined a base-hit to. A pair of passed balls allow her to reach 3rd, as Janey would bring her across on a groundout to short. Nicholson reached on a Bomber error. She swiped the bag at 2nd, reaching 3rd moments later on a wild pitch. Ruscin was hit by a pitch and Sakacs was walked to load the bases. Gazdak grounded out as LaSalvia who made a nice play to throw her out at 1st.
The Bombers were unable to add more runs as they went down one-two-three. Kita ledoff with a hit-by-pitch, as Lustig would walk the next two batters, Schneider and McCandish respectively. Amarriya Brooks became the 2nd batter to be hit, scoring Kita. Nicholson reached with a 2-run single. Peklay grounded out as Brooks and Nicholson advance the 3rd and 2nd. Wickliffe built their lead up to 9, leading the Bombers 20-11. The first pitch Ruscin would see was turned into a walk-off sacrifice fly to end the game. Wickliffe won 21-11.
Devan McCabe earned a tough loss, going 2 1/3 innings, allowed 13 hits, 14 earned runs, walked 3 and had 1 strikeout. Lustig would come in for relief went 3 2/3 innings, gave up 3 hits, 6 earned runs and walked 7.
DM- 2.1IP 13H 14ER 3BB 1SO
KL- 3.2IP 3H 6ER 7BB
The Bomber offense was loud for most of the game, lead by Sophia Catellone going 3-4. Devan McCabe and Angela Kale both drove in a run and scored 2 runs. Colette LaSalvia lead the Bombers with 4RBIs.
DM- 1-3 2R RBI BB
AK- 3-4 2R RBI
CL- 2-4 2R 4RBI
Abby Schneider went 6 innings, gave up 12 hits, 8 earned runs, walked a pair and struck out 4.
FINAL LINE: AS- 6.0IP 12H 8ER 2BB 4SO
The Blue Devil offense was hot and never cooled off. Lead by Laylah Ruscin with 3 hits with 5 RBIs, Maddie Kita had 1 hit and 3 RBIs. Kylee Janey and Emma McCandish drove in 2 RBIs each.
LR- 3-5 3R 5RBI
CS- 2-4 RBI BB
MG- 2-4 3R RBI BB
MK- 1-2 3R 3RBI BB
AS- 3-3 1R RBI 2BB
EM- 2-3 4R 2RBI 2BB
MN- 1-3 1R 3RBI 1BB
AP- 1-3 R 2RBI 2BB