Walt Snyder has captured plenty of close-calls wins in 23 years as varsity softball coach at Bellevue High School.
Win No. 400 was more of a laugher.
The Lady Red (6-2) nailed down Snyder’s 400th career coaching victory Tuesday against Galion, grabbing a 6-0 lead in the first two innings and erupting for seven in the third for a 16-1 victory in five innings at Bellevue High School.
“Usually when you go after something like this it takes three or four games,” Snyder said. “The kids hit the ball well, and it helped that this was the first time I’ve had my starting line-up intact all year.”
Bessie Artino ripped a two-run single in the bottom of the first as the Lady Red took a 3-0 lead, with Megan Drennen and Artino adding RBI singles in the three-run second.
Artino had a two-run double off the left field wall, Ali Brumbaugh drove in a run with another double off the wall in left and Sadie Feick added a third RBI double as the Lady Red push the lead to 13-0 in the third inning.
Drennen, who led the Bellevue 16-hit attack by going 4-for-4 with two stolen bases and four RBI, added an RBI double and Artino drove in two with a single as Bellevue took a 16-0 lead in the fourth.
Artino went 4-for-4 with a double and five RBI, Kaitlan Drennen and Coreen Carter each had two hits, Brumbaugh had her two-run double, Feick drove in one with her double and scored twice and Katie Hay, Bridget Wolfe and Erica Jordan had singles.
Katie Yantz (5-1) allowed one hit with 10 strikeouts and a pair of walks in four scoreless frames on the mound, with Jordan fanning three in the top of the fifth.
“We hadn’t been hitting the ball well, but it’s getting warmer and the girls came to play,” Snyder said. “Katie has been strong in every game she’s pitched. In her first loss, she struck out 16 against Clyde and they are undefeated.”