SHADYSIDE A season long problem for Barnesville High reared its ugly head once again Saturday in the opening round of the Division IV sectional softball tournament at Shadyside High School.
The Lady Rocks committed a total of eight errors, leading to 12 unearned runs in dropping a 16-8 decision to Bridgeport High to close out the season.
Today pretty much sums up our season, Barnesville coach Matt Johnson said. You just cant make eight errors and expect to beat anyone. Thats how we have played all season. We would be playing well and then have an inning where we looked like we didnt have a clue what was going on.
Things got started on the wrong foot from the first inning. With two outs, a Barnesville throwing error opened the door and Bridgeport took advantage to plate three runs for the early 3-0 lead.
Barnesville got on the board in the second inning, Hunter Weiss reached to lead off the inning on a hit-by-pitch and then came around to cross the plate on an RBI double by Marrissa Burga to pull within 3-1.
The Lady Rocks jumped in front by a 5-3 count in the third frame with a four run rally.
Lane Hanlon led off with a walk, and Becky Burkhart followed with a two-run home run to tie the contest at 3-3.
Weiss and Shaylyn Giesey then contributed RBI base hits to pull Barnesville in front at 5-3.
Bridgeport quickly answered in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead at 6-5 with a three-run rally, again with two of the runs unearned and the third coming via an RBI groundout by Peyton Stewart.
The Lady Rocks tack on single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, with Hanlon getting an RBI groundout in the fourth; Weiss contributing an RBI double in the fifth; and Hanlon stroking an RBI single in the sixth.
Unfortunately for Barnesville, those single run frames were outdone by Bridgeport with two runs in the fourth, and four each in the fifth and sixth to outdistance the Lady Rocks for the opening round tournament win.
Ashey Hadzima picked up the pitchin win for the Lady Bulldogs, striking out four and walking just one batter in a complete game outing. Hanlon absorbed the loss for Barnesville to finish at 4-13 on the year, going the distance with five strikeouts and 10 walks.
Hadzima helped her cause at the plate, belting a home run and single for Bridgeport, while Emily Lipperman chipped in with two doubles and Sarah Bowers singled twice.
Barnesville (6-17) was led at the plate by Van Fossen with a triple, single, while Weiss contributed a pair of doubles and Hanlon singled twice. Carolyn Blattler, Burga, and Sydney Bruce each added doubles, while Burkhart cranked her home run.