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April 20, 2014

Bees split with Oak Glen on Senior Day: PHOTOS

PLEASANT VALLEY — Twice on Saturday the East Fairmont softball team found itself leading Oak Glen 3-1 in the seventh inning.

The situation was the same in both games of the doubleheader. The way the Bees’ handled it, though, was quiet different.

In game one, East Fairmont committed a few costly errors, and the Golden Bears came through with clutch hitting to win, 6-3. But in game two, East Fairmont cleaned up the miscues and shut the door in a 3-2 win on its home field.

The turnaround allowed the Bees (9-7) to celebrate their Senior Day with a split against West Virginia’s 10th-ranked team.

“After the game we had a team talk and fixed it,” said East Fairmont starting pitcher Tori Postlewait, who struck out seven and allowed just one earned run in 14 innings.

In game one, she was matched pitch-for-pitch by Oak Glen’s Hannah Clunk. After the Golden Bears (11-8) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, their freshman ace struck out the first eight batters she faced. Even the umpires remarked that she was one of the most high-quality pitchers they have seen all season.

East Fairmont finally caught up to Clunk’s heat in the fourth inning. Hannah Ferrell singled and Tori Postlewait doubled. Then, Cassidy Toothman smacked a double to drive them in for a 2-1 lead.

Toothman again provided the offensive spark in the sixth inning with a single to score Tori Postlewait. The RBI extended the Bees’ lead to 3-1.

“I was just thinking I don’t care where it goes,” said Toothman. “I just need to hit it somewhere.”

But in the seventh inning, the Bees’ booted a ground ball with one out. Postlewait struck out the next better, which would have ended the game.

After Oak Glen scored two runs to tie the game, 3-3, the Bees had another opportunity to get out of the inning on a fly ball along the first-base line. But a miscommunication left the ball lying on the ground instead of in a glove and opened the door for Oak Glen to score three more runs.

“They know how to battle,” said Oak Glen coach Morgan Martin. “We’ve been consistently doing that all season.”

Game two was a similar story — a tight ballgame highlighted by consistent pitching.

The Bees went ahead 1-0 in the second inning when Toothman singled and scored on Leeanna Downey’s hit. But again Oak Glen answered back thanks to two more Bees’ fielding errors to tie the score, 1-1.

This time, though, East Fairmont came through with the timely hitting. Left fielder Sidney Postlewait led off the sixth inning with a her second single of the day, and Toothman doubled her home. Freshman right fielder Olivia Conaway doubled to trade places with Toothman and stretch the lead to 3-1.

In the seventh, Postlewait allowed her first two hits of the game and her only earned run of the day, but the Bees held on for the 3-2 final.

East Fairmont coach John Postlewait said that his team can take something away from both games, especially the win against the ranked opponent.

“Hopefully it means we’re getting hot at the right time and we’ll be peaking at playoff time,” he said.

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

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