RICHMOND - The Indian Creek softball team wasn't perfect, but the Redskins were still able to get the job done.
Indian Creek came up with some clutch hits in key situations en route to a 6-0 victory against Steubenville in an Ohio Division II Eastern District Sectional Semifinal Wednesday at Jefferson Lake State Park.
With the victory, the Redskins improved to 17-3 on the season, and advanced to the sectional final at 5 p.m. today against Buckeye Local.
"Give Big Red credit," Indian Creek coach Angie Penner said. "They fought until the finish. They put pressure on us in every inning, so congratulations to their team for that.
"Today was not our sharpest game. Paige (Geanangel) struck out nine and walked six. That's more walks than usual for her.
"I am proud of my team. They fought until the end. (Steubenville) had some opportunities. They had the bases loaded in a couple of innings, but we were able to pull through and make outs when we needed to. Our kids never quit."
The game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the second inning.
In the bottom half of the inning, Monroe reached on a two-out single, and came around to score on a double by Sullivan.
Davis reached on an error scoring Sullivan to increase the Redskins lead to 2-0.
Marissa DeFallo led off the third inning with a walk. Brey Mays followed with a single and then Megan Markja reached on an error allowing DeFallo to score making it 3-0. Geanangel then sacrificed to left field, scoring Mays, to increase Indian Creek's advantage to 4-0.
Indian Creek scored in their third-straight inning in the fourth. With one out, Sullivan launched a home run over the fence in left field to increase the Redskins lead to 5-0.
Davis, the next batter, doubled. It was the last hit Westlake allowed as she was replaced by Perrino. Perrino walked DeFallo, the first batter she faced, but she was able to pitch out of harm's way.
Big Red had a golden opportunity to score in the top of the sixth.
Gentile singled to start the inning, and with one out Christina Archer drew her second walk of the game.
Next, Perrino reached on an infield single to load the bases as Brittany Bodo stepped up the plate.
With the count full, Bodo took a pitch from Geanangel. The pitch was a low one, but the home plate umpire ruled it a strike to retire Bodo. Geanangel retired Abby Taylor on a flyout to centerfield to end the inning.
Sullivan started Indian Creek's half of the sixth with a single, and she came around to score on a two-out hit by Mays to reach the final score.