ROCKY RIVER. Ohio – Solid Wellington pitching held Rocky River to two runs on six hits, as the Dukes dealt the Pirates a 6-2 loss on Wednesday.
River batters were held to six singles and a walk during the chilly early-evening hours at Pirate Field. Half of Rocky River’s hits came off the bat of No. 5-batter Kelsey Murphy; the other slots in the order combined to go 3-of-26 on the day.
The visiting Dukes scored a solo run in the top of the first inning. Wellington led, 1-0, when the Pirates came to bat in the bottom of the second. In that second stanza, a leadoff walk by Mo McIntyre and subsequent singles by Murphy and Katie Mommers vaulted the Pirates to a 2-1 lead.
But the Dukes countered with two of their own in the road half of the next inning, and the visitors would go on to get two more runs in the fourth and one in the sixth in the eventual 6-2 win.
The Pirates (2-3) did produce scoring opportunities over the balance of the contest, but the Maroon & White were held to a 1-of-9 mark with runners in scoring position.
Mommers (3-1/3 innings pitched) and Megan McBride (3-2/3) combined on Rocky River’s work from the circle. McBride struck out three while allowing just one run. Both River hurlers allowed home runs to Wellington’s Teddi Hardoby, who went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in.
The Pirates have now lost three consecutive games after starting their season with a doubleheader sweep on Saturday. River is slated to have a week off before its next contest (April 4 at Vermilion).
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