By Zach Gregory Staff Writer
April 19, 2014
BELLBROOK — The Bellbrook Golden Eagles had a successful day smacking the ball around Friday at Bellbrook High School, leading to a 10-0 run-rule victory over Southwestern Buckeye League rival Eaton.
After holding Eaton (3-7, 2-4 SWBL) runless in the top of the first, Bellbrook (1-3, 6-0 SWBL) put three runs on the board on three hits. Casey Demko scored on a single from Cody Clark, Austin Hall scored on a sacrifice fly and Clark scored on a double from Joe Mezzanotte.
“We had a really really really good offensive approach at the plate, one that we haven’t seen from us even though we’ve had some pretty decent success. They attacked the baseball and some balls fell,” say Bellbrook coach Rick Demko.
The runs really started rolling in at the bottom of the second inning. The Golden Eagles brought in five runs on four hits, three of those runs coming with two outs. Bellbrook finished the game with nine hits overall. Hall finished the day 2-3 with two singles and two runs scored. Riley Brown led the team in RBIs with two.
“We’ve always told them to be really really aggressive on good pitches and they were, all the way through the order,” said Demko. “We put the pressure on the defense with a couple bunts, which we talk about, so we took care of it on both sides: The pressure on the bunt side of things and we drove the ball into some gaps today.”
Nathan Coffey got the win from the mound for Bellbrook. He pitched all five innings, striking out three and allowing only four hits.
While he was happy with the win, Demko said there are still things for the Golden Eagles to improve on.
“We’re still a little lackadaisical on the bases a little bit. We missed a couple of our signs, believe it or not. I’m not going to say I’m not happy with the win. The pitcher threw strikes just like we asked him to do. Overall pretty clean,” he said.
Bellbrook is back in action in a doubleheader against Beavercreek at 11 a.m. today at Beavercreek High School.
Lady Eagles recover after grand slam
The Bellbrook softball team also had success over Eaton, Friday at Bellbrook High School, winning 8-7.
After being tied at three runs a piece over the first four innings, Eaton sophomore Meghen Puckett hit a grand slam in the top of the fifth to give the Eagles (0-7, 0-5 SWBL) a 7-3 lead. She had two homers on the day.
Bellbrook (4-4, 3-2 SWBL) then battled back in the bottom of the sixth to reclaim the lead. Sophomore Jackie Thompson drove in two runs in the inning and freshman Claire Fryman drove in the winning run.
“We’ve had really an up and down year and that was very evident today. Got behind a little bit early, battled back, then went way behind,” said Bellbrook coach Jeff Eckley. “We’ve been having trouble with pitchers missing spots and (opponents) hitting the ball out of the park and that’s what the one young lady did. But then we came back, battled back.”
Bellbrook’s defense made its stand in the top of the seventh. After two quick outs to start the inning, a couple of Lady Eagle errors got some Eaton runners on base. But senior pitcher Haleigh Perry put the game away, striking out Puckett to get the win.
The Lady Eagles take on Beavercreek in a double-header at 11 a.m. today at Rotary Park.