BELLEVUE – Coach Walt Snyder knew Bellevue freshman Lyndsey Seamon could pitch with a roof over her head.
Seamon had no trouble transferring her skills outdoors with nine strikeouts Wednesday as the Lady Red defeated Port Clinton 3-0 in a non-conference matchup in Seamon’s first high school outing.
“I wasn’t really nervous because I have been pitching for a very long time and I knew I had my defense to back me up,” Seamon said.
Emily Ashley doubled for the Redskins’ only hit. Seamon struck out nine and walked three.
“We’ve only seen her in the gym,” Snyder said. “(Port Clinton has) improved. It was a battle. We got a couple key hits. We play as a unit. It was anybody’s ballgame. We couldn’t take a breather.”
Seamon and Morgan Andrews will start games in the circle while Abby Yates will likely come in as a reliever.
“It felt good being out there because we were on our home field and we all play well together and have each other’s backs not matter what,” Seamon said.
Andrews, Carly Santoro and Mayce Buckner each scored with two outs Wednesday.
“You look for somebody to step up,” Snyder said. “You can look bad on one pitch and then hit a shot.”
Sophia Pressler, Seamon and Hannah Ruffing each drove in one run.
“Our team is great both offensively and defensively and they know when hits are needed the most,” Seamon said. “My team knows when to get the ball in play to get the runner to score.”
Jena Weider (third base) and Yates (shortstop) are sophomores while Pressler (left field) and Buckner (designated player) are freshmen for Bellevue.
“I was impressed with the kids,” Snyder said.
Kate Mueller suffered the setback for Port Clinton.
“That was the best pitcher we’ve faced through four scrimmages and a game,” Snyder said. “She kept us off balance and spotted the ball. She’s a veteran pitcher. She’s improved.”
Bellevue didn’t score until the fourth inning.
“She battled,” Redskins coach Keith Mora said of Mueller. “That’s a good hitting team.”
Ashley made two strong plays on defense in center field in the same inning Wednesday.
“Having the seniors in important spots … we have a veteran in the circle, behind the plate (Morgan Hazzard) and in center field,” Mora said. “She’ll track it down and the girls feel good with her out there.”
Bellevue is 2-0 while Port Clinton is 1-2, including a one-run loss.
“It’s a young team,” Mora said. “There’s a lot of fire. If we can get that moving the right way, we can do some things. We’ve had one bad inning in two games. Three games in three days is difficult against three good teams.
“We feel good moving forward.”