CARROLL – Bloom-Carroll senior pitcher Taran Alvelo didn’t have her best stuff in Tuesday’s season opener against visiting West Jefferson.
The cold, windy conditions had a little bit to do with that, but when Alvelo isn’t at her best, she is better than most.
Alvelo and the Bulldogs had to overcome two deficits but were able to pull out a 3-2 nonconference victory in nine innings over the Roughriders.
Bloom-Carroll (1-0) was finally able to win in the bottom of the ninth. Morgan Sells led off the inning by hitting a sharp grounder to shortstop. She hustled down the line and was safe, a bang-bang play, and the first baseman dropped the ball.
After moving to second on a fielder’s choice, Sells scored the winning run when Alvelo hit the ball over the center-fielder’s head.
Alvelo finished with 16 strikeouts but issued three walks and gave up four hits, including a solo home run to Taylor Bowman that gave the Roughriders a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning.
“I thought, for the conditions, we played pretty well,” Bloom-Carroll interim coach Choc Woods said. “We got down twice and we fought back. For as cold as it was, I thought Taran really threw the ball well and I was proud of her. She battled in some tough conditions.
“Even as hard as she throws, the wind was blowing so hard it was moving the ball and it bothered her a little, but she did a nice job. She not only pitched well, but she had the game-winning hit.”
West Jefferson got on the board first after Alvelo walked two batters and gave up a single in the fourth inning to give the Roughriders a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs tied the score in the bottom half of the inning when Kaylee Springer, who reached on an error, eventually scored on an infield hit by Camryn Smith.
Bowman’s home run in the fifth gave West Jefferson the lead again, but Bloom-Carroll came right back in its half of the inning. McKenna Coffman belted a solo home run to tie it at two.
Bloom-Carroll finished with seven hits, with two of those coming from Alvelo, and Kipley Detwiller had a double.
“McKenna obviously had a great hit with the home run, and overall, I thought we hit the ball hard, but it seemed like it was right at them,” Woods said. “We actually should have scored a few more runs, but West Jefferson made some nice plays.
“Tonight was a good team victory. We will figure out some things as we move forward.”