RICHMOND - Edison freshman Collin Scott came up big late during the Wildcats' 6-5 win over Bellaire Friday.
With the game tied 5-5, Scott led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and later came around to score the go ahead run. Then in the top of the seventh he made a web gem at third base for the frame's second out to help maintain the lead and push the Wildcats to 8-0 on the season.
"These guys compete everyday," said Edison head coach Mike Collopy. "At practice and at games. That's all we're asking them to do.
GOT IT — Edison first baseman Brian Straka makes a catch on a fly ball during the Wildcats 6-5 win over Bellaire Friday in Richmond. Dylan Jones is in the background.
"Collin Scott came with a big hit, and a big play in the top of the seventh. It was a total team victory, we'll take it, and forward to the next day."
The Big Reds tied the game at five on a two-run double off the bat of Nick Patrone in the top of the sixth.
"We had some times where we had some momentum, and left a few guys on base, but I couldn't be happier with their effort as far as not giving up," said Bellaire head coach John Patrone. "It's not a moral victory by any means, we're beyond that, but it was a good game.
Edison 6, Bellaire 5
Bellaire 000 302 0 - 5 7 4
Edison 020 121 x - 6 9 1
BELLAIRE: Steele (2K, 2BB), Patrone (LP, 5th, 1K, 1BB) and Back. Steele D, RBI; Patrone D, 2RBI; Westlake S; Ross S; West S; Ramsay 2S; Back RBI; Cumberlidge RBI.
EDISON: Woodward (4K, 3BB); Horan (WP, 5th, 0K, 3BB) and Glasure. Pasek S; Horan S; Marcus S, RBI; Wilkin D; Allese D, 2RBI; Glasure 2S, RBI; Woodward S, RBI; Scott S.
"Their kids threw well, the third baseman made a heck of a play in the last inning, and it was just a heck of a ball game."
Scott connected for his base hit, then moved to second on a passed ball. Dylan Jones followed up with sacrifice bunt on a 1-2 count that moved Scott to third.
"Dylan Jones has been playing second base for us all year, and he's a very calm kid," said Collopy. "Two strikes and you're asked to bunt, sometimes you get nervous. He didn't.
"He just did what he had to do, and was able to move the runner over."
Misfortune then befell the Big Reds when Patrone was called for a balk due to his foot placement, bringing Scott home for the what was the game-winning run.
"We discussed the placement of his feet on the rubber, and evidently thought his feet weren't where they were supposed to be," said Bellaire head coach John Patrone.
Added Collopy of the call, "It was the umpire's call. It's one play out of however many plays were in the game. Win or lose I never really think one play can determine the game.
"That would make the other ones insignificant. If we lucked out we'll take it. Whatever happened happened, and we're just happy to get a win."
Edison's defense came up big to close things out in the seventh. Winning pitcher Austin Horan made a beautiful over the shoulder catch on a pop up for out number one. Scott then made a terrific snag of a hard ground ball off the bat of Brendon Ross.
The frosh followed that up with a laser to first for the second out. Storm Allese ended the game with a grab of a hard hit ball to left field.
"Defensively we're just working to get consistent," said Collopy. "We feel like every day we're play we're getting better."
The Wildcats opened scoring in the second frame. Dylan Glasure and starting pitcher Clay Woodward each connected for an RBI base knock to give Edison the 2-0 lead.
Bellaire claimed a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth. Wyatt Back drew a bases loaded walk to push across the first run. Bear Cumberlidge and starting pitcher Nathan Steele drove home runs on groundouts to second and short respectively.
"We played them the other day, and we kind of had our heads in the sand for the first six innings of the game, and came alive in the seventh, had six hits, and scored five runs," said Patrone. "We came up a little short the other day as well, but the kids battled back.
"I told the kids today let's not start in the hole, let's see if we can get things started early."
Edison knotted the game at three in the bottom of the fourth on a Storm Allese sacrifice fly.
A Nolan Marcus run-scoring single and an Allese base on balls with the bags full put the lead back in the home team's hands at 5-3 after five.
Horan picked up the win after entering in the fifth frame. Woodward went four in the start, striking out a quartet of Bellaire batters.
"I thought our pitchers struggled, but they competed," said Collopy. "Clay did a good job, and Austin came in and did what he had to do."
Allese hit a double to go with his two RBIs. Dylan Glasure had a pair of singles.
Both teams take to the field today with Edison traveling Harrison Central at noon, and Bellaire hosting Buckeye Local for a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.