Walks haunt B-A girls in loss to Moshannon Valley

After Thursday\’s 10-0 loss to Moshannon Valley, Bellwood-Antis Head Coach Alex Sitman told his team that there was no way the Damsels were 10 runs better than his Lady Blue Devils.
A quick glance at the box score would seem to prove his point. Bellwood-Antis registered two hits in the game compared to Moshannon Valley\’s three. However, the Damsels drew 18 walks from Lady Blue Devils pitchers and capitalized on three errors to win the game in the sixth inning via the 10-run mercy rule.
Bellwood-Antis failed to build on a victory in their previous game in which they demonstrated the ability to be patient as well as the ability to be aggressive on good pitches to hit.
“Moshannon Valley has a very good pitcher, but she wasn\’t doing anything special,” Sitman said. “We just did not come to the plate with the same attitude as we did last night, and we were just not aggressive, and we fell behind in the count and that allowed her to throw some junk and make us chase some pitches.”
The Damsels were not being aggressive at the plate either, but for good reason. Each starter drew at least one walk, and six of their runs were scored after a bases loaded walk was issued.
Staci Godin had perhaps the biggest hit of the game when she drove in two runs with a two-out single up the middle to make the score 5-0 in the third inning.
Bellwood-Antis had threats in both the fourth and fifth innings, but Damsel pitcher Amy Tomasko, who struck out 10 while throwing the complete game shutout, escaped the jams each time.
The Lady Blue Devils were held hitless until the fourth inning when Tory Baldauf reached on a bunt single. Dani Riley, the star of Wednesday\’s win over Glendale, collected Bellwood-Antis\’ only other hit an inning later.
Down 6-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Bellwood-Antis pitching staff, already struggling to find the strike zone, completely collapsed. Moshannon Valley drew six walks in 2/3 of an inning to end the game.
Emily Derr, who relieved starter Courtney Hamer, walked Tiffany Beirlair to force in the 10th run on Derr\’s fourth walk of the game. Hamer\’s 14 walks in her first pitching appearance this year are a season high for the Lady Blue Devils, but Sitman believes it wasn\’t entirely her fault.
“This was Courtney\’s first game pitching so it was her turn to get debugged,” Sitman said. “She pitched tough, and I feel she didn\’t get a lot of calls. I feel like she had more girls struck out than she got credit for, but Moshannon Valley took advantage of the walks, and when a team can score 10 runs on that many hits, you know you\’re giving up too many walks.”
Bellwood-Antis returns to action Tuesday when they host Southern Huntingdon. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Moshannon Valley 10 Bellwood-Antis 0
BELLWOOD-ANTIS – Weyant, cf, 3-0-0; Baldauf, ss, 3-0-1; Pfahler, 1b-2b, 2-0-0; Askey, c, 3-0-0; Derr, 2b-p, 2-0-0; Brown, 3b, 2-0-0; Riley, lf, 2-0-1; Snyder, rf, 1-0-0; Putt, dp, 2-0-0, Hamer, p-1b, 0-0-0. TOTALS 20-0-2.
MOSHANNON VALLEY – Godin, 2b, 4-1-1; Downs, pr, 0-1-0; Rebar, cf, 3-1-1; Bacher, 3b, 3-0-0; Carr, ss, 2-1-1; Beirlair, c, 4-0-0; Tomasko, p, 0-0-0; Thompson, cr, 0-1-0; Gallo, rf, 2-2-0; Srock, lf, 1-1-0; Charney, ph, 1-0-0; Greslick, 1b, 1-0-0; Sankey, 1b, 1-2-0. TOTALS 22-10-3.
Bellwood-Antis 000 000 X 0- 2-3
Moshannon Valley 203 014 X 10-3-0.
RBI: Godin 3, Rebar 2, Beirlair 2, Bacher, Carr, Srock.
SO: Tomasko 10, Hamer 3, Derr 1.
BB: Tomasko 4, Hamer 14, Derr 4.
WP: Tomasko LP: Hamer.