Patriots suffer Big Red sweep

Steubenville outslugs South

Photo by Josh Hughes Parkersburg South’s Makayla Sirk prepares to run during a teammate’s at-bat Tuesday during Steubenville’s sweep of the Patriots at Godbey Field.

By JOSH HUGHES

PARKERSBURG –Coming off a 9-7 loss to Steubenville in the first game of a Tuesday evening doubleheader at Godbey Field, the Parkersburg South Patriots looked to bounce back by splitting the twin bill. A late surge in game one fell short, and Ashlee Ellison took the mound after throwing an inning of relief in the previous contest. South’s wishes of taking game two were dashed by an offensive outburst by the Big Red in a 13-2 mercy-rule victory.

The Big Red took advantage of a multitude of Ellison pitches in the dirt, as five walks were issued in her 1 1/3 innings of work. The free passes came back to haunt the Patriot sophomore, as Sadie Carducci took a ball on a 3-1 count to bring in a run with the bases juiced. Thanks to a 2-run double from Maddie Fields earlier in the inning, that walk put Steubenville up 3-0 in the early going of this one. A sacrifice fly put Ellison on borrowed time on the mound, as the Big Red led 4-0 after their first inning.

South tried to get back into the game in the home half, and Ellison stepped to the plate to deliver a leadoff single.

Following an Aurora Slusher fielder’s choice that got Ellison out at second, Slusher stole second and was driven in by an Alexis Feick single off the pitcher’s glove.

That pitcher, Stef Blackburn regained control and silenced South bats. She pitched all six innings of action and didn’t give the Southside fans a lot to cheer.

Zoe Wells came in for South and was victim to the hungry Steubenville batters. They wasted no time making her feel unwelcome, as Fields knocked another double through on the first pitch of Wells’s game two performance. Fields had a field day with a four-for-four game that included two doubles and five RBIs. Added to Blackburn’s control on the mound, it was a long night for the Patriots.

“We didn’t put it together tonight,” PSHS skipper Tim Burch said following the loss. “That’s all there is to it. We didn’t put it together and made some mistakes. The other team, you’ve gotta tip your hat to them. They hit the ball better than we did.”

That hitting barrage for the Big Red left its mark in the third inning with all nine batters stepping to the plate. They achieved that feat in the first, and they scored four runs in both innings. The 8-1 lead after three frames sealed the game for the Patriots, and they were batted around throughout the rest of the game. This 13-2 loss drops Burch’s girls down to 12-9, and they begin a four-game road trip on Friday with a doubleheader against Wheeling Park.

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