Lady Red take it to Tornadoes
Bellevue scores nine runs in sixth to run-rule TC
It almost didn’t matter what the situation was or who was on base.
Columbian coach Erica Dickman was not going to let Bellevue’s Alex Fiske beat her team.
In the second inning the Lady Red’s Jillian Sumser led off with a double, and Dickman said what would become a familiar refrain:
“Put her on.”
Later on in the inning, Lara Spurlock ripped a two-run double, part of a three-run inning.
In the fourth, with a runner on first and two outs, Fiske was intentionally passed again.
This time, the Lady Red didn’t score.
Then in the fourth, with runners on, Fiske again was walked. Bellevue scored three runs, thanks to a two-run single by Riley Mohr.
By the top of the sixth, Bellevue built a 6-1 lead. Again, Fiske came up.
But this time, there was no place to put her.
Three straight singles had loaded the bases with nobody out. Hunter Breidenbach was pitching.
The Tornadoes had to pitch to Fiske.
And Fiske ripped a two-run single to right. It started the scoring in what turned into a 9-run inning, and pushed Bellevue to a 15-1 win.
Dickman was asked about continually sending Fiske — who has committed to Kent State — to first base.
“We had a gameplan coming in that we weren’t going to pitch to her, because she killed us last time, she killed us last year,” Dickman said. “That part worked well for us until we didn’t have a choice. Bases loaded, we were gonna pitch to her.”
Bellevue coach Walt Snyder said he understood Dickman’s decision.
“Every time we’ve played them, she hurts ’em,” Snyder said. “I thought it was a smart move.”
Bellevue’s other hitters provided some punch as well.
Raquelle Seamon went 4 for 4, while Mohr had three hits and drove in three runs. Sumser went 3 for 5.
Abby Chapman started and took the loss. She went the first 1 2/3 innings before being replaced with Haileigh Kutscher. Breidenbach and Kennedy Coots followed, with Chapman then being brought back to the circle to finish out the sixth.
“Gotta get ahead early, and we have not been doing that,” Dickman said. “We’re still searching for someone who’s going to throw strike after strike after strike. We’ve got to get ahead earlier, (or) that’s going to keep happening to us.”
Meanwhile, Columbian’s offense struggled against Bellevue starter Hannah Hill. Hill threw the first five innings, allowing four hits and a run.
“Lately, she’s pitched really well for us,” Snyder said. “She pitched this way last year; got off to a slow start this year, we all did. We’re a young ball team, and that happens.”
Hill struck out five in picking up the win.
Columbian’s lone run came in the fifth, when Dani Keckler singled in Chapman. Keckler finished 2 for 3 with two singles, while Coots had the team’s only extra-base hit, a double in the sixth. Ava Sarka singled twice.
Spurlock left the game after suffering an apparent injury while trying to catch a line drive to short.
With the loss, Columbian fell to 6-7. Bellevue improved to 12-3.