By Jim Cox
Times Bulletin Correspondent
DECATUR - Bellmont scored 13 runs in its last three at-bats to come back from an 8-2 deficit and pull out a 15-10 win over Crestview on Wednesday. The Squaws are now 1-3. The Lady Knights are 2-5.
The visitors scored twice in the top of the first on a walk to third baseman Brooke Bowen, a single by Terra Crowle, and a double by catcher Mackenzie Riggenbach.
However, Belmont came right back to tie it in the bottom half on four singles.
Crestview added a run in the second on two walks and an error, then three more in the third on an error, another Riggenbach double, a walk, and a single by freshman shortstop Cora Millay. The Knights made it 8-2 with a two-spot in the fourth on a walk, single by rightfielder Lauren Schmid, and Crowle double.

In the meantime, Knight starter Kirstin Hicks breezed through the second and third innings, and Crestview seemed to have things well in hand with its 8-2 lead and continuous success scoring runs off of Bellmont starter Beka Wilder. In the bottom of the fourth, though, the momentum turned for good as the Squaw bats came to life from the top to the bottom of the lineup. Bellmont scored two unearned runs in the fourth to get within 8-4.
After the Knights tallied once in the top of the fifth on a single by Brooke Bowen, a single by Mallory Bowen, and a double by Hicks, Bellmont batted around in its half. The Squaws scored six times on five hits and two Knight errors to take a 10-9 lead after five innings.
Crestview tied it in the sixth on a single by first baseman Brady Guest, sacrifice bunt by centerfielder Tiana Rager, and a Bellmont throwing error.
Courtney Grote moved from second base into the circle to start the bottom of the sixth, and the home team continued its onslaught with five runs on six hits to lead 15-10. For the first time in the game, the Knights went scoreless in the seventh.
The game was a scorekeeper’s nightmare with balls flying all over the field and some shaky fielding by both teams, leaving a lot of hit-or-error decisions. There were nine errors in the game (four by Crestview, five by Bellmont), but there were several other makable plays that were scored as hits.
“I’m concerned about our pitching as a whole, and I’m extremely concerned about our lack of defense,” said Crestview coach Carl Etzler. “We’re hitting the ball very, very well, but you gotta be able to pitch it, you gotta be able to catch it, you gotta be able to throw it. We’re just not getting it done. They might be tough plays, but this is varsity softball. Every defensive player should be saying to themselves, ‘I want them to hit it to me,’ but right now I don’t think we have that attitude. I think they’re saying, ‘Hit it to anybody but me.’ We need to change that, and we need to change it very quickly.”
Crestview had 11 hits, led by Crowle (2-for-4, including a double, two runs, three RBI), Riggenbach (2-for-4, both doubles, one run, two RBI), and Bowen (2-for-3, two runs). Bellmont pounded 18 hits, six for extra bases, led by rightfielder Maddie Gephart (4-for-4, including a double, three runs, two RBI), Beka Wilder (3-for-4, including a double, three runs, three RBI), shortstop Lexi Hammond (3-for-4, including a double, four RBI), and catcher Courtney Scherer (3-for-4, including a double).
Crestview 213 211 0- 10 11 4
Bellmont 200 265 x- 15 18 5
Crestview (ab-r-h-rbi)
Brooke Bowen 3b/2b 3-2-2-0, Schmid rf 3-2-1-0, Mallory Bowen 2-0-1-0, Hicks p/3b 5-0-1-1, Crowle dp 4-2-2-3, Riggenbach c 4-1-2-2, Guest 1b 2-2-1-0, Rager cf 3-0-0-0, Grote 2b/p 3-1-0-0, Millay ss 3-0-1-1, McClure lf 0-0-0-0. Totals 32-10-11-7.
Bellmont (ab-r-h-rbi)
Salerno 2b 5-0-1-0, Scherer c 4-0-3-0, Hamrick cr 0-2-0-0, Janaya Wilder 1b 4-3-2-1, Alberson 3b 4-2-1-1, Beka Wilder p 4-3-3-3, Gephart rf 4-3-4-2, Cook cf 4-1-0-2, Malone lf 4-1-1-2, Hammond ss 4-0-3-4. Totals 37-15-18-15.