BEAVERCREEK — If Tuesday’s Beavercreek girls softball opener against Miamisburg is any indication of how things will go, fans won’t want to go home early.
The Beavers almost let a win get away from them. They led 13-7 as Miamisburg came to the plate for the Vikings’ final at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning, but a pair of two-out, two-run home runs and a total of five runs later, Beavercreek survived for a 13-12 season opening win at Rotary Park.
“We have a young team and a lot of kids are still learning, but our offense is there,” said Beavercreek coach Raquel Moran. “We have a good hitting team. From 1-to-9 in the lineup, I know they can hit. But I think Dinsmore’s home run was the turning point for us today.”
Kayla Dinsmore smacked a three-run home run that caromed off the top of the centerfield fence and out of the park in the fourth inning, to give the Beavers an 8-5 lead. Dinsmore later tripled in the fifth inning to score a Beavers runner. She then came home on a Megan Massie single.
Dinsmore had hit a home run in an earlier scrimmage game as well.
Miamisburg pulled to within 11-7 when Tess Corley and Aubrey Azbill both drove in Vikings runs in the bottom of the sixth. Beavercreek scored a pair of runs that turned out to be badly needed insurance runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Sydney Harville came in for mop-up pitching duty to start Miamisburg’s last-gasp seventh inning try at a rally. She was sailing along, having retired the first two Vikes batters she faced, when Miamisburg’s bats got hot.
McKenna Schwartz reached on a single to center, then Corley bashed a wind-aided home run over the left field fence to make it 13-9 in favor of the Beavers. Carrina Butler then singled to left before Chevy Haslett launched a homer of her own over the left center field fence to pull M’Burg within two runs of a tie.
When Lacey Steele doubled to center, Beavercreek coach Moran re-inserted pitcher Cierra Chastain into the game.
Chastain proved it wasn’t so much that the Beavers pitchers weren’t doing their job, as it was that the Vikings batters were just suddenly hitting everything. Azbill belted a double to center to score Steele, and suddenly the go-ahead run (Sarah Wright) was standing at the plate.
Wright beat out a bobbled infield hit, and Azbill raced to third with the tying run, but then Chastain was able to get the next Miamisburg batter to bloop a harmless fly ball to second for the game’s final out.
“I’m proud of how we battled back today,” said Miamisburg coach Kathleen McGaha. “There’s not one of us who are taking this as a moral victory. We’re not happy that we lost, but I’m very happy with our effort.”
Tuesday’s game was the first for both teams. Beavercreek has its first road game of the season up next. They’ll play at Arcanum at 5 p.m. Thursday. Miamisburg will host Springfield Shawnee for the Vikings’ first home game, at 5 p.m. today.