WEIRTON - An out sparked the offense.
The Cameron softball team managed to escape the bottom of the third inning without giving up a run to Madonna, and the visitors from Marshall County kept the momentum on their side with a six-run fourth inning as the Dragons slayed the Blue Dons, 10-0, in five innings Friday evening at Starvaggi Park.
"It's tough playing from behind," Madonna head coach Chris Conti said. "Their pitcher is a good pitcher. She pitched a nice-solid game.
"They are a good team, but I don't think we played up to our potential today. We were lackadaisical. We will get better. We are a young team. We will learn from this."
The Dragons plated two runs in the first inning to gain the early momentum.
"It was a real-nice game for us," Cameron head coach Mark Witzberger said. "It took us a little while to get started, but we were aggressive and we did what we needed to do."
Cameron 10, Madonna 0
Cameron 201 61 - 10 5 0
Madonna 000 00 - 0 3 1
CAMERON (2-0): Hall (5Ks, 1BB) and Paczewski; Wood D, 3RBI; Mentiel 3 RBI.
MADONNA (1-1): Kaczmarek (3K) and Magnone; Thompson S, Paul S and Travaglino S.
The Dragons (2-0) added a run in the third to build a 3-0 advantage.
The Blue Dons - thanks to two singles and a fielders' choice - had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the third. Linda Hall was able to pitch herself out of harm's way when she was able to get out of the inning on a groundout to second on a 3-2 pitch.
The biggest hit in the fourth inning was a bases-clearing double.
"That was a big change," Conti said. "They scored some runs there. That put us in a hole, and it is tough to come back from.
"I want to give credit to our girls. They never gave up. They played hard until the end of the game."
Hall picked up the win for the Dragons. She struck out five, walked one and only allowed three base hits.
"She did a great job," Witzberger said about Hall. "We are expecting big things from her. So far, so good."
Offensively, Bailey Wood delivered a double and three RBI, and Marissa Mentiel tallied three RBI.
Courtney Kaczmarek took the loss for the Blue Dons (1-1). She struck out three while giving up 10 runs on five hits.
"This was only our second time seeing live pitching," Conti said. "The girls will get to use to seeing live pitching. There is a big difference between being out here and being in the gym. When we get used to the pitching, we will be ready to go."
Madonna's previous game was last Friday at Linsly.
"That is a big break," Conti said.
The Dragons scored a run in the fifth to gain a 10-run advantage.
Both teams played well in the field. Cameron did not commit an error, while Madonna only made one.
Both teams are scheduled to play today. Cameron will play against Magnolia at 11 a.m. in the annual John Marshall Tournament. Madonna will play Valley in a doubleheader starting at noon at home.