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Bellwood-Antis girls manage just two hits in opening loss to Tigers

The Bellwood-Antis girls softball team opened their 2004 season with a 14-0 loss to Hollidaysburg on the winner’s field on Monday.
The Lady Blue Devils with just one returning starter in the lineup got off to a slow start, with the Hollidaysburg jumping on Bellwood-Antis for 11 runs in the first two innings. B-A began to play ball, allowing the Lady Tigers just three runs over the remainder of the contest however.
Alyssa Erb pitched a two-hitter for Hollidaysburg, striking out seven and walking one to pick up the five-inning victory.
Alycia O’Donald’s two-out first-inning single and Heather Detwiler’s two out single in the fourth were the Lady Blue Devils only hits. Laura Cresswell followed Detwiler’s base hit with a walk to give Bellwood-Antis two runners, but Erb got the final four outs in a row to end the game.
“We were a bit overwhelmed in the first couple innings particularly,” reported first year head Blue Devil coach Alex Sitman. “After the first two innings, we settled down. This was what the girls needed to see. No matter how much you practice, it’s not the same as game conditions. Now the girls understand what they need to do. Once we calmed down, we hit the ball.
“Hollidaysburg is a nice-looking team with a lot of team speed. This is a tough area in girls softball with teams like Hollidaysburg, Tyrone, West Branch, Mount Union, Claysburg and Southern Huntingdon. We aren’t in that group, but we are building for the future.”
Kensinger led the Lady Tigers with three hits and Luther and Garner had two each and Garner scored three times to lead the Hollidaysburg attack.
The Lady Blue Devils (0-1) will play Northern Bedford at home on Wednesday with the first pitch set for 3:30 p.m.
Hollidaysburg 14 Bellwood-Antis 0
BELLWOOD-ANTIS – Forney, ss, 2-0-0; Narehood, 2b, 1-0-0; Myers, cf, 1-0-0; O’Donald, 1b, 2-0-1; Detwiler, p, 2-0-1; Cresswell, c, 1-0-0; Pfahler, 3b, 2-0-0; Rogers, lf, 1-0-0; Kephart, ph, 1-0-0; Riley, cf 2-0-0; Weyant, rf, 2-0-0. TOTALS 17-0-2.
HOLLIDAYSBURG – Sagaties, cf, 2-2-1; Luther, lf, 4-2-2; Stengl, ss, 3-1-1; McDonnell, dp, 3-1-0; Decker, 1b, 0-0-0; Griffith, 1b, 2-1-0; Garner, c, 3-3-2; Kensinger, rf, 3-1-3; Erb, p, 2-2-1; Dean, 3b, 1-1-0. TOTALS 23-14-11.
Bellwood-Antis 000 00 0-2-3.
Hollidaysburg 560 3X 14-11-1.
Multiple Hits: H- Kensinger (3), Luther (2), Garner (2).
RBI: H-Kensinger 3, Luther 2, Garner 2, Sagaties 1, Stengl 1.
SO: BA- Detwiler 2, H- Erb 7.
BB: BA- Detwiler 7, H- Erb 1.
WP: Erb LP: Detwiler.