Callow, McDonald handle Mineral Ridge

Tribune Chronicle / Robert Hayes McDonald pitcher Bri Callow throws against Mineral Ridge.

McDONALD — The McDonald Blue Devils started off hot and stayed that way as they blasted 10 hits past the Mineral Ridge Rams in Monday’s 9-0 victory at Woodland Park in McDonald.

McDonald coach Michelle Titus, whose team is 10-3, 10-0 (Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference), said playing with effort is key to victory.

“These girls never give up and give 100 percent all the time,” she said.

Bri Callow, who contributed both at the plate and in the circle with six scoreless innings, was just taking care of business. Callow had two hits and an RBI.

“I was just trying a little bit of everything and made sure my spins were good so I could do what I needed to do,” she said. “I was just making sure that I knew what I had to do and watching the ball and making sure I got the hit to get the team runs.”

Another offensive contributor for the Blue Devils was Megan Ward. She was looking to continue her team’s offensive breakout. Ward had four hits and two RBIs

“I just go in the box thinking what I can do to help my team, just produce runs and get hits,” Ward said. “We’re just really competitive in the dugout, everyone is cheering and we just try to put as many runs up to help our pitcher out.”

McDonald led 2-0 going into the fourth inning when a four-run inning gave the Blue Devils a 6-0 lead. They tacked on three more runs in the fifth and continued to shut down the Rams (9-6) throughout the game.

It was a disappointing performance for Mineral Ridge, as it had one hit and five errors. Coach John Scheckelhoff knows his team can do better.

“No hitting, no fielding, dropping easy plays,” he said. “I’ve seen them make supernatural plays. We had two or three people make contact with the ball, normally we have six out of nine, seven out of nine every game cranking the ball.

“The attitude has to change a little bit, and they got to secure the ball. They take some of it nonchalant. They’re a much better team than what they are.”

Titus sees Monday’s victory as a way to keep pushing forward.

“We’re just going to keep playing every game like we do, at the start of every game we work hard and give it our all,” she said.