Bears’ bats hot against Riders

NEW MANCHESTER – Looking to be in mid-season form, the unbeaten Oak Glen softball team pounded out 13 hits in its fourth-straight win. by

The Golden Bears topped Hancock County rival Weir High, 13-0, in a three inning mercy rule game.

While the offense exploded, sophomore right hander, Logan Andrews dominated on the mound limiting the Red Riders (2-1) to three hits.

Weir opened the game with the first three batters reaching base, but with runners at second and third and only one out, Anderews induced cleanup batter, Sam Tate, to pop up to shortstop Ashley Pryor and struck out senior Jillian Karavanic looking.

“When we left those two runners in scoring position in the top of the first inning, it just gave Oak Glen more ammunition and today they didn’t need any,” said veteran Weir High coach, Dave Hinerman.

Then, in the bottom of the first, the Golden Bears jumped on junior Abby Pratt scoring four runs before the first out was recorded.

Marisa Young led off with a single and Mikelti McGaffic followed with a hit. Pryor’s grounder back to Pratt went as a fielder’s choice with no outs recorded and Andrews helped herself with a bases loaded double down the left field line that drove home Young and McGaffic. Freshman Hannah Clunk’s single to right drove home Pryor and Andrews.

The Bears scored nine runs in the third inning to put the game away. They pounded out seven singles and Andrews belted a run scoring triple.

“This win is huge for us,” said first-year Oak Glen coach Morgan Martin, who is a Weir High graduate. “We’re coming out of the gate swinging and they’re swinging hard and it’s producing runs.

“The kids are playing hard and they know how to put the ball in play. It’s great to see that this early in the season. I hope they continue and we’ll see what happens.”

The Red Riders’ only other opportunity was in the top of the third when leadoff batter Brianna Rosnick laced her second single to right field.

With two outs, senior shortstop Ashlynn Drizake singled to right, but Andrews closed the door with Tate grounding into a fielder’s choice for the third out.

“Oak Glen came to play,” said Hinerman, who’s club lost its first game after opening the season with two wins. “Somewhere between Weirton and here we forgot what we came up here for, but there’s no doubt the best team won today.”

Andrews gave up three hits and struck out four in the three-inning stint and didn’t walk a batter.

On the other side, Pratt gave up all 13 of Oak Glen’s hits, struck out two without issuing a bases on balls.

Oak Glen sophomore catcher Mikayla Crane led the Golden Bear hit parade going three-for-three (all singles) driving in a run and scoring one. Young, Andrews, and freshman Hannah Clunk had two hits each. McGaffic, Pryor, Aly Snow and Emilee Phillips each had a single.

The Golden Bears play next on Monday hosting Wellsville while the Red Riders get right back into action with a doubleheader at noon today hosting Indian Creek.