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May 17, 2014

Bees mercy rule Braxton County in semi-regional

SUTTON — They call it the semi-regional, but it was all East Fairmont Friday night at Braxton County.

Tori Postlewait tossed a three-hitter, Olivia Conaway smacked two hits and the Bees batted around on two occasions to beat Braxton County, 13-2, in a five-inning, mercy-rule victory.

They advance to play the winner of the Oak Glen-Ritchie County semi-regional next week. Ritchie County was leading 1-0 in the fourth inning when the game was suspended due to rain.

“We’re 21 outs from going to states,” said Postlewait, who struck out one, walked one and surrendered just two unearned runs.

The Bees’ only hiccups came in the bottom of the first inning when they made back-to-back errors to extend the inning and allow Braxton County to take a 2-0 lead.

But that lead was quickly eliminated in the top of the second inning when the Bees capitalized on Conaway’s first hit and a pair of Braxton County errors to even the score.

“I just went up there and said I need to start hitting,” said Conaway.

The rest of the Bees must have told themselves the same thing in the third inning. They sent 10 batters to the plate and recorded four hits to stretch the lead to 7-2.

“We came out and kicked the ball around a little bit,” said East Fairmont coach John Postlewait. “I’m really proud of the girls. They settled down after that and came back.”

Again the Bees batted around in the top half of the fourth inning. This time they scored four runs on two hits.

Braxton County had its only real shot to get back in the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. But with the bases loaded and one out, Tori Postlewait induced back-to-back ground-ball outs to end the threat.

“You definitely have to bear down,” the senior pitcher said. “A girl can hit one in the gap; she can hit a hard one right at you and you bobble it. You just have to be ready for anything.”

For good measure, the Bees tacked on two more in the top of the fifth inning to end the game early.

Up and down the lineup the Bees worked the count and put the ball in play, with six of the nine starters recording hits.

In addition to Conaway’s two-hit game, Postlewait singled twice and Mikayla Moore, Hannah Ferrell, Cassidy Toothman and Leeanna Downey tacked on hits.

Even those who didn’t have hits contributed. Brooklyn Nuzum and Bailey Frederick each drove in a run, and Sydney Postlewait walked and scored twice.

“We’re going to have to have that, especially next week,” said John Postlewait. “From the middle down to the bottom of our lineup, they're going to have to produce.”

Email Mike DeFabo at mdefabo@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.

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