WHEELING - Carly Greer tossed a three-inning no-hitter and the Wheeling Park bats continued to sizzle Monday as the Patriots coasted to a 10-0 victory against debuting Steubenville on Lisa's Fields at the J.B. Chambers Memorial I-470 complex.
While not quite as pin-point sharp with her control as she looked in last week's 8-1 pasting of Brooke in the season opener, Greer made up for three walks by notching as many strikeouts and not allowing any hard-hit balls by a young Big Red lineup that included four freshmen and three sophomores.
Coach Dee Davis explained that Park's ace needs only the chance to pitch regularly to be in a consistent groove.
''Once Carly gets in rhythm where we play game after game she will be right on the money,'' Davis said. ''She is throwing the ball really well and has great movement on her pitches.
Park's bats have also been impressive and Greer has been very much a part of the offense. The No. 4 hitter in the potent batting order belted three solid singles to drive in three runs, including the hard-hit shot down the third-base line that brought the mercy rule into play.
The Patriots collected 11 hits, two of which went for extra bases. Ally Dailer's double that fell in front of Steubenville center fielder Allyson Freeman accounted for the game's initial run as the speedy Marissa Tucker circled bases after drawing a one-out walk. Tucker, who scored three times, singled in the second inning and tripled high off the fence in left to open the third and final frame.
''Everything we hit was hard,'' Davis said. ''We even had solid contact on some of our infield outs. I'm really proud of them because they kept building the lead. In the past we'd get a lead and let down a little bit?We kept the pressure on from the start until the end of the game.''
Steubenville coach Dave Ziarko, while disappointed with the outcome, insisted that Big Red wouldn't linger long on the one-sided defeat.
''Park's very good and we knew this would be a tough opener,'' he said. ''I was very pleased with the way Anna (Perrino) threw the ball. She didn't walk many but Park has very good hitters and speed throughout their lineup.
''We did not make some routine plays and looked very hesitant on defense at times. Some of it might have been first-game jitters.''
The Patriots' depth in their lineup was evident early as they sent 19 batters to plate in the first two innings while going on top 9-0.
The four-run first inning included three hits, Dailer's RBI double, singles from Greer and her batterymate Ashleigh Sidon, along with a Big Red error.
After nine batters took swings in the opening frame, 10 Park hitters went to the plate in the bottom of the second, accounting for five more runs. Emily Puskarich got things started with a single to right, followed by Tucker's base knock into left field. After Tucker advanced to second, both runners scored when Dailer's ground ball got off the glove of the first baseman, elevating the lead to six runs.
Dailer then scored on Greer's hit to left. With one-out, Kelsi Johnson singled past the shortstop to collect one RBI and a second run scored when the ball got past the Big Red left fielder. Skylar Carrington's single plated the fifth run of the inning.
After Tucker muscled up and belted her triple off the fence in left to start the bottom of the third, Dailer lined out. Greer then ended the day with a hard shot down the third-base line that bounced off Tucker, who was standing on the bag. When the ball bounced away, Tucker coasted home with the final run.