Brie Ellish threw a complete game for the Bethel softball team in their season opener last week, as the Bees defeated league foe Tri-Village 10-3 to open the new season.

“Our defense was amazing tonight, it was the best I have seen since I have been here” said Bethel coach Jeremy Reitinger said. “We turned two double played and did a great job.”

The Bees defense was tested all night, including one point where they had the bases loaded against Bethel with no outs, but Bethel raised their game. They turned a double play and got out of the inning without a run scoing.

Bethel scored first to take the quick lead, but the Patriots tied the game at 2-2 after the second inning. The Bees regained the lead at 4-2, and in the fifth, the Bees scored three more runs all with two outs to increase their lead to 8-2.

“We had our season opener rained out, so this was our first chance this season to see what we could do,” Reitinger said. “The girls played well and they capitalized on our chances.”

On the mound, Ellish pitched all seven innings with four strikeouts.

At the plate, freshman Grace Anthony was 2-4 with a triple and two runs batted in, while another freshman Jessica Gilbride was also 2-4.

Kaitlyn Parker was 2-4 with an RBI while Morgan Reitinger added a hit and had three runs batted in.

Baseball- Bethel jumped out to an early three run lead after two innings, and cruised to a 6-1 victory over Ansonia last week in the season opener for the Bees, as they defeated their league foes at the Athletes in Action field in Xenia.

Tyler Brookhart pitched a one-hitter, allowing only a first inning run as Ansonia took the early 1-0 lead on the Bees, but Bethel came back to tie the game in the bottom of the first, and plate three runs in the second to gain the 4-1 lead.

Bethel scored single runs in the fourth and fifth, as they increased their lead on the Tigers.

Freshman Kenton Egbert had three hits on the day, including the first homerun for the Bees this season, driving in four runs. He also came in to relieve Brookhart in the final two innings, striking out five of the six batters he faced to get the save.

Riley Shaffer added two hits with an RBI for the Bees.

Brookhart struck out eight Tiger batters in five innings, gaining his first win of the season.


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