WINTERSVILLE - The Indian Creek softball team capitalized on Edison's mistakes to take a home win on Thursday.
The teams combined for 13 errors, and the Redskins did a better job of putting the ball in play as the Redskins outhit the Wildcats, 9-4, en route to a 5-2 victory at Bantam Ridge.
"We played (Wednesday), and we were not as sharp today as we could have been," Indian Creek head coach Angela Penner said. "We made some mistakes and we made some errors, but we were able to get ourselves out of those situations when they had runners on base.
ON THE BASES — Indian Creek’s Hannah Webb charges from first while Edison’s Cassady Jarvis leads off during a bunt attempt during Thursday’s 5-2 win by the Redskins at Bantam Ridge.
-- Mike Mathison
"Edison is a respective program. They are our archrival. They came ready to play. We came ready to play in moments."
Mistakes have played the Wildcats (2-6) all season.
"We continue to be our own worst enemy," Edison head coach Spencer Bendle said. "Until we correct that and start doing the little things correctly we are going to come out on the short end of a lot of games."
Paige Geanangel picked up the win for the Redskins (7-1). Geanangel struck out nine and walked one.
Offensively, Mallorie Sullivan tallied three singles and an RBI, Abby Orr recorded two singles and an RBI and Geanangel helped her own cause with a run-scoring single. Also, Cheyanne Allen collected a double, and Alexis Monroe and Bethany Davis singled.
"Paige pitched a great game," Penner said. "She kept us in the game. Zoe (Westfall) pitched a nice game for Edison. She kept our batters off-balance."
Westfall pitched well for the Wildcats, but she didn't get a lot of support from her defense. Westfall struck out 10 while walking two.
Offensively for Edison, Tiff Martin tallied a run-scoring single, Kayli Stewart contributed a double and Caitlin Brenstuhl tallied two singles.
After a scoreless first inning, Creek broke through for three runs in the bottom of the second. With two outs, Marissa DeFallo reached on a dropped line drive in the infield. Orr followed with a single plating Davis, who started the inning with a single, making it 1-0. Next, Sullivan hit a groundball between first and second, and the center field reached safely scoring DeFallo, and then Orr scored when the ball went under a glove making the score 3-0.
The Wildcats cut their deficit to one run by scoring a pair of runs in the fourth. Cassady Jarvis started the inning by reaching on an error, and then Brenstuhl singled with one out. After a groundout, Martin singled home Jarvis making the score 3-1. When the throw went to first, Brenstuhl, who stopped at third, hustled home to make the score 3-2.
The Wildcats did not hold the momentum for long as the Redskins scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to regain a three-run advantage.
With one out, Orr reached on an error, and Sullivan followed with a base hit. Then, Geanangel singled to center scoring Orr to increase Indian Creek's lead to 4-2, and Sullivan scored on an errant throw to make the score 5-2.
"I am proud of my team," Penner said. "They hustle. They work hard. They always come back and keep after it. That is what we are going to do this weekend. We are going to keep after it."
The Wildcats had multiple opportunities to score throughout the game, but Edison could not come through in the clutch.
"We are not getting the timely hits," Bendle said. "They say hitting is contagious, but sometimes making errors is contagious. When you don't play well in the field, sometimes that carries over to the plate.
"You have to have a short memory. You have to forget about your mistake and move on. It is a learning process, and we are struggling with it."
Edison is scheduled to return to the field at 2:30 p.m. today against Martins Ferry at Jefferson Lake State Park. Indian Creek's next game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday at Cambridge.
Indian Creek 5, Edison 2
Edison 000 200 0 - 2 4 7
Indian Creek 030 200 0 - 5 9 6
EDISON: Westfall (LP, 10K, 2BB) and McConnell; Stewart D; Brenstuhl 2S, Martin S, RBI.
INDIAN CREEK: Geanangel (WP, 9K, 1BB) and Orr; Orr 2S, RBI; Sullivan 3S, RBI; Geanangel S, RBI; Monroe S; Davis S; Allen D.