EAST LIVERPOOL - It was a tale of two games for both United and East Liverpool as the Golden Eagles beat the the Potters 13-3 in six innings on Thursday.
After squeaking out just two hits in the first four innings, United's offense erupted for all of their 13 runs in the final two, improving their record to 2-9.
"Early on, we were hitting underneath the ball," United coach Ryan Burd said. "Everyone had these big loopy swings. We wanted to find the center of the ball, and while it took a bit of adjusting, we finally got that."
Trailing 2-0 entering the fifth inning, United knocked three consecutive singles to load the bases. After a groundout RBI by Sydney Moats, the Golden Eagles capitalized off a pair of East Liverpool errors to score four runs.
Coincidentally, the Potters (3-10) did not struggle with errors until the final two innings - all of their five errors contributed to United runs.
"One error is all right, two errors are all right," said East Liverpool coach Erik Adkins. "But once you give up five, six, seven, eight or however many, you're giving up unearned runs every play."
U: 0-0-0-0-4-9 - 13-13-0
EL: 0-1-1-0-0-1 - 3-6-5
U - Logan Daggy, wp (6ip, 3R, 6H, 10BB, 1HBP, 10K) and Sydney Moats.
EL - Mary Davis, lp (6ip, 13R, 13H, 1BB, 3K) and Elise Smith.
The Potters also struggled with clutch hitting throughout the game. Despite loading the bases with less than two outs in each of the first two innings, East Liverpool scored just one run, leaving six runners stranded and striking out five times.
"We were going up to the plate without a clear mind," Adkins said. "I don't know if the pressure got to them when we were about to score. We can't leave the bases loaded and expect to win."
East Liverpool's bats sputtered as the game went on. After scoring a run a piece in the second and third innings, the Potters created just three hits for the rest of the game.
"We've struggled with bringing both offense and defense in a single game throughout the season," Burd said. "We either bring one or the other, but we rarely combine them. This was one of those times where it all came together."
United pitcher Logan Daggy was able to tightrope out of several jams despite struggling with pitch control - Daggy walked 11 Potters throughout the game, but her 10 strikeouts were crucial to keep runs off the board.
"Logan's only a freshman," Burd said. "This was only her second game pitching, but she did everything I asked of her. She did a fantastic job."
United was led at the plate by Cassidy Yoder, who went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Sydney Moats added a pair of RBIs, while Elle Smith knocked three singles and an RBI.
Sarah Morrell led the Potters with two singles and an RBI. Nikayla Edgell hit an RBI double, and Kelsey Diddle knocked a double of her own.
United will host Mineral Ridge today. East Liverpool, also playing today, will visit Beaver Local.