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Indian Creek outslugs rival Edison, 10-8

Indian Creek's Alexis Dawson bats against Edison on Friday. -Joe Catullo

MINGO JUNCTION — The ride has come to a complete stop.

The Edison softball team jumped out to an early lead, as the Wildcats were on top of the hill. However, things went downhill from there, as Indian Creek countered with two big innings and were able to come away with a 10-8 victory Friday evening on Mike Melko Field.

“I think coach Spencer (Bendle) and his program do a great job,” Indian Creek (4-3) head coach Angela Penner said. “It was a battle (Friday). We showed a lot of heart led by our four seniors. We were down, but Carly Jo (Penner) regrouped herself after they hit those home run balls. She handled the adversity. She kept at it.

“We went ahead with the big inning, and then we brought in Trinity (Taylor) to pitch. We felt like they may get around on Carly again. I have to give Edison credit. They battled for seven innings. I thought they played well, and I thought we played well.”

Edison (6-2) led 4-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Wildcats melted down, as Indian Creek scored six runs in the home half of the inning before tacking on four more runs in the sixth to take a 10-4 lead.

“I don’t know that I would say the wheels came off, but it was a total meltdown,” Bendle said. “I told the girls collectively that as whole team we had a meltdown, and it cost us the ballgame. I always go back to softball is about getting good pitching, good defense and timely hitting. I thought that other dugout outplayed us in all three phases. I want to congratulate them on that.

“They were 3-3 on the season. They were down 4-0, and they could have packed it in, but they didn’t. They kept battling. They made our pitchers work. Defensively, we did not play well defensively behind our pitchers. We had opportunities to open the score up even more, but we did not do it. We had some chances later in the game to score some runs, but we weren’t able to.”

The Wildcats outhit the Redskins, but six errors doomed Edison.

“We are very young on the field,” Bendle said. “They have not had a lot of balls hit at them.”

Carly Joe Penner shook off a shaky first inning, en route to recording the victory for the Redskins. She allowed four runs on six hits and struck out two, without walking a batter in four innings of work inside the circle. Taylor pitched the final three innings. She allowed four runs on three hits, while striking out four and walking one.

Katie Fluharty was saddled with the loss for the Wildcats. She allowed six runs on six hits, while striking out six and walking seven in 4 1/3 innings of work. Pressly Meadows pitched the rest of the way and allowed four runs on one hit, while striking out a pair and walking one.

Offensively, Taylor tallied a single, a double and two RBIs. Alexis Dawson delivered a three-run double, and Keeley Amis singled three times and plated a run. Allison Pethel collected a base hit.

Five of Edison’s nine hits went for extra bases, including three home runs. Maddie Brenstuhl, Audrey Scott and Kiley Babel all belted solo homers. Scott also collected a single and tallied three RBIs. Babel doubled to go along with her home run, and Meadows produced a single, double and an RBI. Hannah Christoff and Alayna Meadows each finished with a single and an RBI.

“I am proud of the kids,” coach Penner said. “We were able to bounce back. That is a positive. There were some innings where we did have some errors, but we were able to overcome that. Against Carrollton, we made some errors, and they were able to score seven runs. We could not get out of it. We have corrected those mistakes.”

Brenstuhl led off the game with a solo homer to give Edison a 1-0 lead, and Scott went deep two batters later, making the score 2-0. Then Christoff singled, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a base hit by Pressly Meadows, increasing Edison’s advantage to 3-0.

The Wildcats added to their lead in the fourth. Pressly Meadows led off the frame with a double, and she scored on a single by Alayna Meadows, giving Edison a 4-0 lead.

The six-run bottom of the fourth started with a dropped pop-up, and the miscue was a sign of things to come. Taylor recorded a two-run double, and Dawson delivered a go-ahead bases-clearing three-run double, giving Indian Creek a 6-4 lead. The Redskins also scored a run on a wild pitch. Gianna Boley scored that run after coming into run for Kirsten Driscoll, who reached on the error to start the inning.

Amis singled home a run in the sixth, as the Redskins recorded four runs to extend their advantage to 10-4.

“You are going to win games, and you are going to lose games. We just want to show up and compete,” coach Penner said. “We want to get 1 percent better every day. I am proud of the girls. All 15 of them contribute.”

Babel belted a solo home run in the seventh for the Wildcats to make the score, 10-8, but Taylor got a groundout to end the game.

“I often say our schedule after the first two weeks of the season gets tougher,” Bendle said. “It is not that we haven’t played some good teams already, but our schedule is going to get tougher. Our schedule is going to force us to get better. Our kids are going to have to grow. I know I said in one preview that there was going to be some growing pains, and we might lose some games we probably shouldn’t.”

UP NEXT

Edison: Tentatively scheduled to play today at the Ashland Invitational. Edison will play Ashland at 10 a.m. and perennial power Crestview at noon.

Indian Creek: Hosts Carrollton at noon today.

“We are just happy to be out on the field and playing,” coach Penner said. “We missed last season, so we are happy we are able to play this season.”

The Wildcats and Redskins will play each other again at 5 p.m. Monday at Jefferson Lake State Park.

Indian Creek 10, Edison 8

Edison 3-0-0 1-0-0 4 — 8 9 6

Creek 0-0-0 6-0-0 x — 10 7 4

EDISON (6-2): Fluharty (LP, 4 1/3IP, 6R, 6H, 6K, 7BB), P. Meadows (1 2/3IP, 4R, 1H, 2K, 1BB) and Stewart. Brenstuhl HR, RBI; Scott S, HR, 3RBIs; Christoff RBI; Babel D, HR, RBI; P. Meadows S, D, RBI; A. Meadows S, RBI.

INDIAN CREEK (4-3): Penner (WP, 4IP, 4R, 6H, 2K, 0BB), Taylor (3IP, 4R, 3H, 4K, 1BB) and Starkey. Pethel S; Taylor S, D, 2RBIs; Dawson D, 3RBIs; Amis 3S, RBI.

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