ANSONIA – The Ansonia softball team run ruled Bethel 10-0 in a Cross County Conference softball game on Wednesday.
Bethel got a pair of runners on base during the top half of the first inning, but Ansonia stranded them both.
After going down in order in the bottom of the first, Ansonia got its offense going in the second inning.
Abby Helmke started the inning off by reaching on a Bethel throwing error. After Helmke stole second, she scored on a Jailyn Thwaits double to left field. Thwaits then advanced to third on a sacrifice grounder by Monica Stover.
Shelby Hartzell struck out but reached base on a dropped third strike, and then she stole second. Trinity Henderson then hit a sacrifice grounder to score Jailyn Thwaits, and Madison Young cracked it out to center field for a RBI single.
Taylor Thwaits hit to short stop, and Bethel’s Grace Anthony had a beautiful stop but failed to get it to first base in time. Henderson came up hit between third and short stop for a RBI double to make it 4-0.
In the third inning Helmke reached base on a dropped third strike and stole second. Jailyn Thwaits then reached base on an error, which put runners on the corners. Helmke scored on a wild pitch and Jailyn Thwaits scored on a single by Stover.
Ansonia loaded the bases, but Bethel got out of the jam and kept the score 6-0.
In the fourth Molly Walters reached base on a Bethel error, and Helmke and Jailyn Thwaits both walked to load the bases.
Bethel got its first out of the inning at home on a fielder’s choice, but then Hartzell hit a RBI double to right to score two and make it 8-0.
Ansonia won the game by a run rule with two more runs in the sixth.
Jailyn Thwaits started off the inning with a double to center field, and Katelynn Overholser reached on an error to put runners on the corners.
Sara Rhoades then cracked it to the right field for a RBI single to make it 9-0. After Henderson reached on an error that loaded the bases, Lexi Shinn drew a walk to score Overholser and end the game 10-0.
“We played very well tonight,” Ansonia coach Floyd Jenkins said. “We came out ready to play, and Shelby pitched a great game. We had to adjust to their pitcher, but we did that in the second inning, and it paid off. We made some great runs. We had girls with big hits and looked great.
“We are playing very well today, and we have won the last 10 out of 11 games. We played very well last night and carried it over to today. Neither of us had many errors tonight.
“I am very proud of the way we played, and we are ready for tournaments. The drawings for tournaments are done on Sunday and will be ready to play.”