Belstle strikes out 11 in 14-1 win over Cairo; New Franklin baseball team falls 5-1

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News

The New Franklin softball team scored 12 runs in the first-two innings and never looked back, beating Northeast of Cairo 14-1 in five innings Tuesday night in Cairo.

As for the New Franklin baseball team, they fell against Cairo 5-1.

New Franklin softball coach Ross Dowell said the Lady Bulldogs jumped on Cairo early and really set the tone from the beginning. “It was great to put things together against a good conference opponent,” Dowell said. “We pitched really well again tonight by keeping their hitters off balance. I’m proud of our effort and continuing to improve each game. This was a great conference win on the road.”

The Lady Bulldogs (2-3) left little doubt against Cairo while pushing across five runs in the first and seven again in the second to go up 12-0. Meanwhile, after Cairo scored its only run of the ball game in the bottom half of the fourth, New Franklin came back and tacked on two more runs in the fifth to win by the run rule.

Brynn Belstle picked up the win in the circle for New Franklin by recording 11 strikeouts in five innings. Belstle also gave up just one run on two hits. Taylor took the loss for Cairo.

New Franklin also out-hit Cairo 8-2, with Abby Maupin and Sophia Held collecting two hits-one of which went for a double-and driving in two runs each. Addy Salmon and Jayna Matthews each had one single and two RBIs, while Brooklynn Brown added one single and one RBI.

For Cairo, Ogle went 1-for-2 with one single and one RBI.

As for the New Franklin baseball team, head coach Erich Gerding said credit Cairo.

“They out-played us in nearly every aspect,” Gerding said. “Striking out 19 times in a seven inning game tells the story in this one. We made it pretty easy on them by having the amount of non-competitive at bats we had and they had several two out RBIs.”

Cairo never trailed in the game against New Franklin, scoring one run in each of the first-four innings. The Bearcats also plated one run in its half of the sixth. New Franklin’s only run of the ball game came in the top half of the sixth.

Head picked up the win on the mound for Cairo, while Clayton Wilmsmeyer took the loss for New Franklin, who dropped to 2-3 on the season. Head struck out 16 batters in six innings for the Bearcats and gave up just one run on three hits and two walks. Wilmsmeyer, meanwhile, pitched the first-five innings for New Franklin and allowed four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out six batters. Caleb Hull then came in and pitched one inning in relief and issued one run on two hits with one strikeout.

Cairo also finished the game with eight hits, with Huntsman going 2-for-2 with one RBI. Prewett, Head, Wright, Harman, Hughes and Ryan each had one hit.

For New Franklin, Jake Marshall went 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI. Owen Armentrout had the only other hit, being a double.