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Waterford, Belpre play home run derby in ’Cats win

WATERFORD — Belpre and Waterford played a little bit of “Home Run Derby” in Wednesday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division battle at Waterford High School.

The two teams combined to leave the yard six times in the first three innings with the Wildcats winning the Derby 4-2 as well as the game by a 16-6 margin in five innings.

The Doug Baldwin-led Wildcats spotted the Golden Eagles four runs in the first inning before erupting for nine runs in the third inning to win going away.

Wildcat starting pitcher Kari Carney struck out seven batters in her five innings of work to get the win and also homered twice to lead the way for the home team.

Belpre wasted little time getting to Carney in the opening inning as Dekota Lemon led off with a base on balls and moved to third on a single by Belpre starting pitcher Alyssa Hutchinson.

Shortstop Kaitlen Bush plated the first run of the game with a double that short-hopped the fence in left center field and sophomore Carissa Sprigg followed with a two-run homer over the fence in left field to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.

Catcher Taylor Parker walked before first baseman Halee Williams doubled to right field to score pinch-runner Emmi Dowell with the fourth run of the inning.

The Wildcats wasted little time getting all but one of those runs back in their first at bat.

Shortstop Brier Offenberger got things going with a solid single to left and one-out later scored on a single by center fielder Cara Taylor.

Taylor scored on a Belpre throwing error before first baseman Riley Schweikert blasted a solo shot over the fence in center field.

Carney retired Belpre in order in the top of the second and then drilled a homerun over the fence in right field in the bottom half to tie the game at 4-4.

The Eagles used the long-ball to jump back in front as Bush hammered one over the left field fence to put them back in front by a run.

Waterford left fielder Mackenzie Suprano got in on the act as she connected on a solo-shot to left-field to once again knot the score at 5-5.

Taylor followed with a single and third baseman Alayna Jones walked before Schweikert reached on a fielders choice allowing Taylor to score the go-ahead run.

Hutchinson got the next two out s and appeared to be on her way to limiting the damage before Carney connected for the second time for a three-run homer to give the Wildcats a 9-5 lead.

Second baseman Laykyn Jones kept the inning going with a base hit and came all the way around the score on a double by Offenberger and after Suprano walked Taylor drilled a two-run triple down the right field line to increase the lead to 12-5.

Alayna Jones capped the scoring with an RBI-single to score Taylor.

The Cats got two more in the fourth on a two-run triple by Offenberger and after Belpre got a run back to stave off elimination in the top of the fifth Taylor singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth, stole second and scored the game-ending run on a Schweikert base knock.

The Wildcats pounded out 15 base hits in the game including four by Taylor and three by Offenberger.

Carney walked six while allowing six hits to get the win while Hutchinson suffered the loss for the Eagles.

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