Bloomfield puts away Owen Valley on Senior Night

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Bloomfield honored its senior players and their parents Wednesday night against Owen Valley. From left the players, accompanied by their parents, are Sidnie Finch, daughter of Kelly and Jodi Finch; MaLee Sparks, daughter of Roger and Lori Sparks; and Mercedes Wilcox, granddaughter of Johnnie and Sue Wilcox. Not pictured were Kasidee’ Stahl, daughter of Scott and Marci Stahl, who was playing in the tennis sectional.
By Andrew Bowen

BLOOMFIELD -- The Lady Cardinals celebrated Senior Night Wednesday by defeating visiting Owen Valley.

Led by senior pitcher Sidnie Finch, Bloomfield (4-13) rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat Owen Valley (6-16) 5-3. Bloomfield coach Mike Potter pointed out the Lady Cards outhit Owen Valley 7-5 and committed only two errors.

“We had a few little miscues,” he said. “We didn’t let it get to us. They were scrappy and played through it.”

Bloomfield right fielder Mercedes Wilcox darts back to catch a fly ball for the second out of the seventh inning.
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Before the game, Bloomfield honored three of its seniors, MaLee Sparks, Mercedes Wilcox, and Finch, and their parents. Kasidee’ Stahl missed the ceremony because she was playing in the tennis sectional, but she returned to take the field against Owen Valley. Potter said all seniors played well, putting the bat on the ball if not getting hits. He praised Finch for her pitching and Sparks for several good defensive plays at third.

“Sidnie pitched a great game and we played very good defense behind her and we got some timely hits finally to put some runs on the board,” Potter said.

He noted this marked the second straight game where Finch did not yield an earned run. She fanned four batters and walked one. Potter said Finch has had just one walk in her last 13 innings.

Cheyanne Richardson (17) steals second in the first inning, sliding past the tag of Owen Valley shortstop Lexi Carver.
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“The seniors came out and it was a great senior night,” Potter said.

The Lady Patriots scored all of their runs in the first inning. Lexi Carver reached on an error, stole second, and took third on a wild pitch. She scored on Kati Lowe’s Texas leaguer to right field. Finch retired the next batter on a groundout to herself, but Lowe moved to second, stole third, and came home on Delaney Baker’s single to left. Madi Trimble singled to give Owen Valley runners on the corners. Trimble stole second and Baker scored on the throw to second which ended up in the dirt beside the bag. However, Trimble tried for third and Kelsey Moody threw her out to end the inning.

Bloomfield got a run back in its half of the inning. Cheyanne Richardson drew a walk to lead off, swiped second, and scored on Moody’s single up the middle.

The Lady Cards tied the score in the bottom of the second. Becky Riggs doubled down the left-field line, and Lexi Hash was hit by a pitch. They both came home when Wilcox singled to right. The inning might have been worse for Owen Valley had its center fielder not caught Stahl’s fly and caught Wilcox off base.

The hosts took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third. Sparks singled to right and Finch drew a walk to give Bloomfield runners on base with two outs. Both came home on Hash’s long center to single

After the first inning, Owen Valley mounted only two serious scoring threats as Finch set the Lady Patriots down in order in the third and fourth innings and limited them to one baserunner in the fifth and sixth. Kenzie Lighter led off the second with a double to center and took third on a groundout. Finch struck out the next batter and retired Carver on a grounder to Sparks to end the inning.

Becky Riggs opens the second inning with a double down the left-field line.
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The Owen Valley seventh started well for Bloomfield as Katie Farris lined out to Sparks and Wilcox raced back in right field, extended her arm to full length, and caught a fly ball by Lighter. Lexie Orchard singled and Finch walked the next batter; however, Carver ground out to Sparks to end the game.

Bloomfield’s last regular-season game was Thursday against Bedford. The Lady Cards will take on North Central at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, in the second round of the Clay City Sectional.

“They played the way I know they can,” Potter said of the Owen Valley game. “That’s good to have carrying over to sectionals.”

O. Valley 300 000 0 -- 3 5 1

Bloomfield 122 000 x -- 5 7 2

Baker, Carver (3) and Bennington; Finch and England. WP -- Finch (2-10). LP -- Carver (4-5). 2B -- Lighter (OV), Riggs(B).

Bloomfield third baseman MaLee Sparks holds up the ball after tagging out pinch runner Hanna Elliott who tried to take third on a wild pitch in the sixth inning.
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