By Mike DeFabo
Times West Virginian
PLEASANT VALLEY —
The East Fairmont softball team twice came pouring out of the dugout in the bottom of the seventh inning on Monday. But it was one time too few.
The Bees hit a pair of two-run home runs in the final frame, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to overcome a slow start at the plate in a 6-5 loss to Liberty.
“We can’t show up and just play one inning of a ball game,” said East Fairmont softball coach John Postlewait. “We have to come ready to play every day and play every inning. We can’t just wait until the seventh inning and try to come back like that.”
Tori Postlewait started the rally with a shot to straight-away center, her third RBI of the game. Olivia Conaway followed it up with a two-run homer of her own.
“That was a big hit for us, especially from a freshman,” said Tori Postlewait, who pitched seven innings, allowed 10 hits, struck out four, walked one and surrendered six runs (five earned).
Liberty coach Haleigh Wolfe admitted that the late rally had her a little worried when she looked around at her team.
“What really affected me is I could see the look in their faces,” she said. “Right there, they didn’t look like they could close out a game. That’s what bothered me.”
The loss drops the Bees to 1-2 on the season. More importantly, the game counted for the second early-season Big 10 conference loss for the Bees.
“We dug ourselves a hole in the conference,” said John Postlewait. “We’ve got to take it one game at at time, one inning at a time, one out at a time and fight our way back.”
The Bees put themselves in the early hole Monday in the fourth and fifth innings. The Mountaineers strung together five straight hits and capitalized on an East Fairmont error to plate four runs in the fourth. They followed it up with three hits and two more runs in the fifth.
Hannah Ferrel was 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot in the lineup.
Cassidy Toothman, Riley Tobery and Brooklyn Nuzum also added hits.
The Bees will host Grafton today at 5 p.m.
Fairmont Senior drops two
The Fairmont Senior softball team dropped both games in a double header Monday at Grafton.
The Polar Bears lost the first game, 24-4, and the second, 17-5.
Becca Glover doubled twice and Brooklyn Nuzum doubled once.
“We saw some improvement in the second game,” said Fairmont Senior softball coach Josh Leep. “We’ve got some work to do, but we’ll try our best.”
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