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Fourth-inning surge sends BHS girls past Raiders 3-2

SOFTBALL ROUNDUP

IL-BHS-girls

Bellefontaine’s Carley Strzalka slides past Benjamin Logan’s Sydney Evans to steal second base during their game Thursday at Ben Logan High School. EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT

Bellefontaine’s softball team used a big fourth inning Thursday to slide past host Benjamin Logan and hang on for a 3-2 win in Central Buckeye Conference action.

The Chieftains have won four of their last five games and improve to 11-10 overall and 6-7 in the CBC Kenton Trail division.

The Raiders slip to 14-9 overall and 8-5 in the CBC Mad River division.

“As a team, we played one of our best games of the year,” said BHS head coach Katie Buffkin. “Everyone contributed, especially Sidney Dew scattering six hits over seven innings with a strong defensive support.

“Georgia Copper was effective behind the plate catching her first game of the season, in place of Jazmyn Haley who was injured prior to the game. This was a quality win over a very good team.”

Ben Logan scored a run in the bottom of the third inning, but Bellefontaine came up big in the top of the fourth and plated three runs for a 3-1 advantage.

The Raiders came back to drive in a run in the bottom of the fifth to trail 3-2. Ben Logan battled to find scoring opportunities in the final two innings, but came up short.

Addi Brown and Jenna VanHoose both went 2-3 with an RBI to lead the Chieftains at the plate.

Dew picked up the win in the pitching circle.

Kate Campbell sparked the Raider offense, going 2-4 with a double and two RBI, while Courtney Stewart recorded a double.

Stewart suffered the loss despite recording 10 strikeouts.

Bellefontaine hosts Wapakoneta on Saturday in a non-league game, while Ben Logan travels to Indian Lake on Monday in a local CBC contest.

BELLEFONTAINE 3, BEN LOGAN 2

Chieftains    000    300    0    —    3    7    0

Raiders    001    010    0    —    2    6    3

WP—Dew; LP—Stewart.

Triad tops Riverside

Triad made the most of just four hits against visiting Riverside on Thursday as the Cardinals churned out a 4-1 non-league victory.

The Cardinals improve their mark to 14-4, while the Pirates slip 14-7.

Get the full scoop in Friday's Examiner.

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