WINTERSVILLE - Good things happen when you put the ball in play.
Helped by multiple errors, the Indian Creek softball team broke through for nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning against Oak Glen to break open a scoreless game en route to a 10-5 victory Tuesday night at Bantam Ridge.
The two pitchers - Indian Creek's Paige Geanangel and Oak Glen's Hannah Clunk - pitched well, but were hurt by errors. They combined for 19 strikeouts and just one walk.
"You have to give Miss Clunk credit," Indian Creek (9-1) head coach Angela Penner said. "She held our batters down. We had to time her up.
"Our kids scrap, they fight, they find ways to keep at it and they try to make things happen.
"We made some mistakes in the last two innings, but give Oak Glen credit. They were scrappy themselves."
The Redskins recorded six hits and were helped by 10 errors by the girls from Hancock County. The Golden Bears produced just two hits, but they were helped by seven errors by the Redskins.
Indian Creek threatened to score in each of the first four innings, but Clunk was able to pitch her way out of it. Unfortunately for the visitors, that was not the case in the fifth as the Redskins sent 13 batters to the plate.
Though Indian Creek sent a baker's dozen to the plate, only three girls recorded hits. The Redskins were helped out by four Golden Bear errors.
"We had one bad inning," first-year Oak Glen (11-10) head coach Morgan Martin said.
"Sometimes it is one of those things you cannot explain. We had some errors, and Indian Creek had some big hits. Also, our girls got down on defense. Sometimes you get down during long innings like that.
"Luckily, we were able to get the outs needed, and then we broke through on offense and scored some runs, but it was not nearly enough."
The Golden Bears plated three runs in the sixth to make the score 9-3. Indian Creek tacked on another run in the bottom half of the inning, and Oak Glen tallied two more in the seventh, but it was too little too late.
Geanangel picked up the win. She struck out 11 while not walking a batter and had a no-hitter through six innings.
Bethany Davis delivered a triple and a two-run home run, Geanangel helped her own cause with a triple and a two-run single and Alexis Monroe recorded a single and an RBI. Also, Marissa DeFallo finished with a single, and Abby Orr and Mallorie Sullivan each collected an RBI.
"Anybody would be blessed to have Paige," Penner said. "She is doing an outstanding job just like the rest of the team.
"We have 11 players. The seniors are working hard and leading the way. The underclassmen continue to fight and scratch."
Clunk took the loss. She struck out eight while walking one.
"I say the same thing after every game - our pitchers pitch great games, but no matter how good you are going to get hit," Martin said. "Even the best pitchers get hit. You see it in college ball. The best do give up hits."
Alyson Snow and Emilee Phillips produced base hits, and Mikayla Crane and Logan Andrews recorded RBIs.
In the fifth, Geanangel tallied a two-run single, Davis followed with a two-run home run and Orr and Sullivan also plated a run.
The Golden Bears scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning without picking up a hit. The Redskins committed three errors and Crane and Andrews delivered back-to-back RBIs.
"We waited too long," Martin said. "If we started sooner, it would have been a different game. That one bad inning may not have happened. It's woulda, coulda, shoulda."
Monroe recorded an RBI groundout in the sixth for the Redskins, while the Golden Bears took advantage of two Indian Creek errors to score two runs in the seventh.
Both teams are scheduled to return to the field today at home. Indian Creek will play at 5 p.m. against Union Local, while Oak Glen will play Toronto at 5:30 p.m.
"Union Local is going to be a good test," Penner said. "It is a Buckeye 8 game. It will be the first time this year we will have played three games in a row due to the weather this year.
"The kids have a motto this year of 'one team, one dream.' They don't quit.
"They stayed up in the dugout. They were excited, and then we scored nine runs in the fifth inning.
"They enjoy coming to the field and playing softball. Today was a great day."
Indian Creek 10, Oak Glen 5
Oak Glen 000 003 2 - 5 2 10
Indian Creek 000 091 x - 10 6 7
OAK GLEN (11-10): Clunk (LP, 8K, 1BB) and Crane; Crane RBI; Andrews RBI; Snow S; Phillips S.
INDIAN CREEK (9-1): Geanangel (WP, 11K, 0BB) and Orr; Orr RBI; Sullivan RBI; Geanangel S, T, 2RBI; Davis T, HR, 2RBI; Monroe S, RBI; DeFallo S.