Bellevue blasts Columbian

It started out well for Columbian.

Paige Correll smacked a two-run homer in the bottom if the first, and the Tornadoes claimed a 2-0 lead on Bellevue.

The lead lasted until the top of the third inning.

Three errors and five runs later, the game had turned around. Bellevue’s offense added seven more runs over the remaining innings, and Redmen pitcher Laura Doerner finished with six scoreless innings. The result was a 12-2 Bellevue win.

“They got momentum back in their favor,” said Columbian coach Bess Artino said. “They took advantage of our mistakes.”

Bellevue coach Walt Snyder said it was a matter of his hitters getting more comfortable against Correll.

“We always hit the ball,” he said “(We) adjusted to the pitcher.”

In the third, Bellevue’s Morgan Andrews led off with a double to center. After a sacrifice bunt and an infield single put runners on the corners, Jess Zeitz tripled to to right to tie the game. Later in the inning, Kara Shelly drove in two runs with a single, and Liz Smith doubled.

Bellevue was far from done in the game, but five runs was more than enough for Doerner, who shut down Columbian from there.

“Location, location,” Snyder said of his pitcher. “She made one bad pitch.”

Correll pitched a complete game as her team fell to 0-6. Bellevue improved to 7-1.

It was the first Northern Ohio League game for each team.