STOW — Stow-Munroe Falls and Cuyahoga Falls each needed wins when the two teams met April 13 at Weddle Park.
The Bulldogs proved to have enough firepower to get through a somewhat disjointed game, as Stow scored an 11-4 win over Falls.
Stow improved to 3-3 overall and in the Suburban League National Conference, while Falls dropped to 0-7 overall and in the National Conference.
Falls nearly jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning after a lead-off infield single from senior shortstop Briannna Andexler. However, after designated player Alex Eves grounded out, Stow first baseman Lindsey Houck threw Andrexler out at the plate.
Stow opened the scoring with five runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Second baseman Jenna Stout reach on a misplayed infield fly ball and stole second. Stout scored on an RBI single from designated player Gillian Holcomb. Holcomb then scored on a fielder’s choice by Claire O’Verko and left fielder Trinity Duran scored on a wild pitch.
Shortstop Brittany Hoopingarner then hit a two-run single to make it 5-0 after two innings.
Falls starting pitcher Tori Roger (0-2) lasted only two innings, giving up five earned runs off six hits.
However, Stow would get three more runs in the third inning off Falls’ reliever Cynthia Stanfield. Stout led off the inning with a solid single, stole second and scored on an RBI double from catcher Kenndi Cesnak.
After a bunt single by right fielder Rachel Mosko, two more runs scored on a throwing error from Falls to make it 8-0.
Falls got on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Left fielder Janella Farmer led off with a triple and then came home on a wild pitch.
Farmer led the Black Tigers at the plate, going 3-or-4 with two singles, a double and two RBIs.
Stow starting pitching Macie Bell (3-2) seemed to have things under control for the first four innings, but lost her control completely in the top of the fifth.
Bell walked the first three Black Tigers she faced, followed by Farmer ripping a two-run single up the middle. First baseman Hailey Miles then smashed an RBI double to deep center field, making it 8-4 and ending the afternoon for Bell.
Bell gave up four earned runs and seven hits with four walks in four innings of work.
However, Stow relief pitcher Clara Borsilli ended Falls’ rally. Borsilli got two ground outs and a strikeout to escape the fourth inning with no further damage. Borsilli allowed just one hit and no earned runs in three innings of work.
Meanwhile, Stow’s bats kept coming. A lead-off single from Eryn Church, two fielder’s choices and an error led to Hoopingarner hitting a two-run singe up the middle to make it 10-4 after five innings.
Stow added one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Cesnak walked, stole second and scored on an RBI single from Church.