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Kelley pitching effort wasted in Bellwood-Antis loss to Everett

Bellwood-Antis continued to have rookie problems, stranding runners in scoring position and giving up a big inning in a 6-4 loss to Everett on Thursday afternoon at Everett. Earnie Kelley turned in a gem for Bellwood-Antis, with 10 strikeouts and only three walks, but got no support from his offense who twice left the bases loaded in the two run loss
This time, the big inning wasn’t the first, which had been the inexperienced Blue Devils downfall in their first two ballgames, but rather the sixth after Bellwood-Antis had squeezed out a run in the top of the inning to take what seemed like a safe 3-1 advantage.
With junior left-handed ace Kelley on the mound, the young Blue Devils, with just two seniors in the starting lineup gave up a run in the Everett first, but came right back to take a 2-1 lead.
The Blue Devils stranded three runners in the first when Kelley doubled with two outs, and Brandon Beech and Chad Coho walked to load the sacks, but couldn’t score.
Everett leadoff hitter Brett Elbin opened the home half of the first by drilling a gap shot to right center for a triple and Banner Mann drove him in with a sacrifice fly to left field.
In the second stanza, Bellwood-Antis took the lead. Blaze Winterstein drew a walk to open the frame and was replaced by courtesy runner Trey Mock. Nate Gray singled to left and Justin Manning was hit by a pitch. When Everett starting pitcher T. J. Ewing threw the ball into the outfield attempting to pick the runner off second base, Mock scored the tying run. Josh Kleinfelter walked and was forced at second base on an RBI fielder’s choice by Chad Coho, that scored Gray, to send the Blue Devils into their first lead of the year, 2-1.
Meanwhile, Kelley was mowing down the Warriors, retiring 10 straight batters at one clip, including nine strikeouts through the first four innings. Everett threatened in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases on a Tyler Robinette single and two walks, but Kelley got out of trouble by fanning Chris McCahan with the bases loaded and two out.
In the top of the sixth, the Blue Devils added what seemed at the time, to be an insurance run. L. J. Seidel lined a single up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Winterstein and to third on a ground-out by Justin Miller. While Nate Gray was working a walk, Seidel scored on a wild pitch.
Everett put together a big sixth inning of their own, beginning when two short pop flies which both dropped in between infielders going back and outfielders coming in. Ewing singled to drive in one run and the only Bellwood-Antis error of the contest allowed two more scores to move Everett into a 4-3 lead. Tony Stonestreet and Mann added RBI singles before the Blue Devils were able to get out of the inning down 6-3.
With victory turning quickly to another defeat, the Blue Devils came right back, scoring one run and loading the bases. Here howver, a major problem surfaced once again-the inability to get a key hit when opportunity presented itself.
Kleinfelter beat out an high hopper to kickstart the inning, moved to second on a walk to Kelley and third on a wild pitch. With one out, Coho singled to right to score Kleinfelter. Winterstein was able to get on base on a walk, but Ben Siegel, the winner in relief, for Everett, was able to sandwich that walk around two easy fly outs to end the ballgame.
“We played five solid innings of baseball, today. It was a shame we had end up on the losing end of that game,” explained Bellwood-Antis coach Steve Conlon. “Earnie threw a magnificent game. We just don’t have anybody right now, stepping up and taking a leadership role in making the big play or getting the big hit when we have the opportunities.”
Bellwood-Antis (0-3) is back in action on Saturday, at 12 Noon, at Martinsburg, when they play Central.
Everett 6 Bellwood-Antis 4
Bellwood-Antis – Manning, 2b, 3-0-0; Kleinfelter, lf, 2-1-1; Kelley, p, 2-0-1; Beech, 3b, 2-0-0; Coho, 1b, 3-0-1; A. Miller, pr, 0-0-0; Alley, ss, 0-0-0; Seidel, dh, 4-1-1; Winterstein, c, 1-0-0; Mock, cr, 0-1-0; J. Miller, rf, 4-0-0; Gray, cf, 2-1-1. TOTALS 23-4-5.
Everett – Elbin, 2b, 3-1-1; Mann, 1b, 2-0-1; Siegel, ss-p, 3-0-0; Robinette, 3b, 2-1-1; Snyder, lf, 3-1-1; Ewing, p-c, 2-1-1; McCahan, cf, 3-1-0; Clark, c, 2-0-0; Stonestreet, ss, 1-1-1; Garland, rf, 1-0-1; Pittman, dh, 1-0-0. TOTALS 23-6-7.
Bellwood-Antis 020 001 1 4-5-1.
Everett 100 005 X 6-7-1.
2B: Kelley.
3B: Elbin.
RBI: Kelley, Coho, Mann 2, Ewing, Stonestreet.
SO: Kelley 10, Ewing 1, Siegle 1.
BB: Kelley 3, Ewing 8, Sigle 2.
WP: Siegle LP: Kelley