Kayla Scott’s walk-off lifts Yellowjackets past Belpre

JAY W. BENNETT The Marietta Times Belpre shortstop Katie Osburn takes the throw and second baseman Alyssa Hutchinson looks on as Williamstown’s Faith Hoosier steals a base during the first inning of the Yellowjackets’ eventual 6-5 come-from-behind victory Wednesday against the Golden Eagles.

WILLIAMSTOWN — Kayla Scott’s walk-off RBI double plated Alexis Schreckengost for the winning run here Wednesday with two outs in the last of the seventh as host Williamstown rallied past Belpre, 6-5.

The Yellowjackets, now 9-9 with a game set for 5 p.m. today at Marietta, trailed 5-1 entering the bottom of the fifth but made a loser of Golden Eagle hurler Hannah McDaniel. The right-hander fired 6 2-3 innings with one walk and seven strikeouts and allowed three earned runs.

WHS started the rally with a single tally in the fifth. Lakin Hall walked, stole second and scored on leadoff hitter Keely Alsup’s one-out RBI single to center.

In the sixth, Schreckengost reached on an infield single, but was erased when Scott got on via a fielder’s choice. After McDaniel got Darcy Johnson to ground out, Jocey West had a run-scoring bloop single to right and then Hall reached on an infield single. A trio of Belpre errors followed and the game was tied.

Madison Harman started the Belpre seventh with a hit, but was eventually left stranded at third. The 6-6 Golden Eagles, who take on Point Pleasant at 5 p.m. Friday at Symmes Valley, finished the game 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position.

McDaniel quickly retired WHS starting pitcher Gracie Graham, who worked four innings and allowed one earned run in getting a no-decision, and Faith Hoosier to start the seventh. However, Schreckengost singled to left and Scott mashed a shot to deep right over the head of Golden Eagle Makaylee Deaton to walk it off.

Sarah Hendrickson scattered seven hits and allowed three earned runs to pick up the mound triumph in relief. She was rudely welcomed in the circle during the Golden Eagles’ three-run fifth. Lauryn Simmons hit a triple and scored on McDaniel’s RBI two-bagger. Courtesy runner Lexz Ward scored on Katie Osburn’s RBI double and the inning was capped thanks to Harman’s run-scoring single to center.

Belpre plated its first run in the third when No. 9 hitter Alyssa Hutchinson singled sharply to left and scored on Osburn’s two-out single to center. WHS answered that in the bottom of the third when Alsup singled, stole second and scored on Graham’s RBI hit.

The Golden Eagles’ other tally came in the fourth. Catcher Dekotah Lemon drew a free pass off Graham and was sacrificed to second by Mackenzie Hernandez, who reached on an error. The inning should’ve been over, but Lemon made it 2-1 when Hutchinson reached on an error.