AKRON — Bloom-Carroll scored seven runs in the top of the first inning on the way to an 11-1 victory over Eastwood in a Division III state semifinal softball game Friday.
The game, which was played in Akron’s Firestone Stadium, was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.
The Eagles scored their only run in the bottom of the fifth inning on Emily Helm’s single, which was Eastwood’s only hit of the game.
Eastwood’s Whitney Foster started the fifth inning with a walk and Morgan Corns was inserted as a courtesy runner.
Corns advanced to second on a fielder’s choice grounder and stayed at second, on a ground ball back to Bloom-Carroll pitcher Taran Alvelo, who got the out at first.
With two outs, Helm then grounded a single between the second base bag and the second baseman to score Corns.
‘‘I was pretty excited about that. When I went up to bat I wanted to make sure that I did something for the team because I wanted to keep us in the game,’’ Helm said.
Alvelo, a sophomore, got a strike out to end the game.
‘‘The first inning got a little ugly, but we played hard and that showed in the last inning, not giving up and that’s what we talked about all year,’’ Eastwood head coach Joe Wyant said.
The first five hitters in Bloom-Carroll’s batting order had hits in the first inning, including Alvelo who hit a three-run home run. The Eagles also made three errors in the first inning as the Bulldogs sent 11 batters to the plate.
‘‘To be able to come out and put that many runs on, you have to take a step back and take a deep breath and it helps a lot,’’ Alvelo said.
Alvelo said her home run came off a good pitch, but that it was also a good pitch to hit.
‘‘I was sitting there and playing through what else I could throw to these batters that they’re not going to hit,’’ Foster said. ‘‘They were pulling drop curves to the left side of the field and I was stuck.’’
Foster said she eventually asked her sister Christine, an assistant coach who also pitched for the Eagles, to call her pitches and that made a difference.
The Bulldogs added two more runs in both the second and third innings.
‘‘The team, I felt played pretty solid. I just felt like I didn’t throw my best; it showed, I guess,’’ Foster said.
Aaron Alvelo, Bloom-Carroll’s head coach and the father of Taran, said he couldn’t find out much about the Eagles, but the preparation was the same as it has been all year for the Bulldogs, now 28-3.
‘‘It’s been pretty much the same theme all year long. We just prepare like we’re playing the best team in the country every day of the week,’’ coach Alvelo said. ‘‘We come out and we have an opportunity to get our bats going and get some runs early and kind of establish ourselves.’’
While Bloom-Carroll was pounding out 12 hits and scoring 11 runs, Alvelo allowed only three base runners while striking out eight. In addition to the walk and single in the fifth inning, Anna Rahrig reached on catcher’s interference in the second inning, but a double play got Alvelo out of the second inning.
A first-team All-Ohio selection, Alvelo was dominating against the Eagles.
‘‘We’re just not used to that fast of pitching, so we’re just kind of going up there and swinging. After a few innings we kind of turned it up a little bit and were making more contact,’’ Foster said. ‘‘We just didn’t put it in play in the right spots.’’
The hardest hit fair ball for the Eagles was Mackenzie Albright’s fly ball to center field in the fourth inning. It was the only out recorded by Bloom-Carroll’s outfield.
Alvelo threw only 52 pitches in the five innings, with 40 strikes.
‘‘There’s no doubt, we’ve faced good pitchers all year long, but we haven’t faced one that throws as hard as she did,’’ Wyant said. ‘‘She threw in the 60s (miles per hour), I’m guessing, 62, 63. We don’t see (someone) throw that fast.
‘‘She threw a couple of change-ups that baffled us a couple of times,’’ Wyant added, saying that the difference in speed with the change-up was hard to adjustment to for the Eagle hitters.
Eastwood finishes 29-4 while Bloom-Carroll advances to the state final to face Columbia Station Columbia Saturday at 4 p.m.
‘‘It’s not a consolation, but at least when we got knocked out, (it was) by what I think is probably going to be the best team in the state,’’ Wyant said. ‘‘I think they could beat a couple of other teams in a couple of other divisions, I’m sure.’’
BLOOM-CARROLL 11, EASTWOOD 1, 5 inning
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Starr 3b 3 2 2 0 Albright 2 0 0 0
Royise ph 1 0 0 0 Gabel 2 0 0 0
Sells cf 3 2 2 1 Rolf 3b 2 0 0 0
H. Wilson ph 1 0 0 0 Foster p 1 0 0 0
Detweiler c 3 1 2 2 Corns cr 0 1 0 0
Alvelo 3 1 2 3 Rahrig 1 0 0 0
Casey cr/ph 1 1 0 0 Getz cr 0 0 0 0
Ireland rf 3 1 2 1 Bushman 2 0 0 0
Grover 3 1 2 0 Helm rf 2 0 1 1
Springer lf 2 1 0 0 Young 2b 2 0 0 0
Silvia 1b 3 1 0 0 Jennings lf 1 0 0 0
Coffman 2b 2 0 0 0
Totals 29 11 12 7 Totals 15 1 1 1
Bloom-Carroll 722 00—11
Eastwood 000 01—1
E—Detwiler, Young 3, Bushman, Rahrig. DP—Bloom-Carroll 1. Eastwood 1. LOB—Bloom-Carroll 3. Eastwood 1. 3B—Detwiler, Ireland. HR—Alvelo. SB — Starr, Grover. Reached on catcher’s interference — Rahrig.
IP H R ER BB SO
Alvelo W, 26-3 5 1 1 1 1 8
Foster, L 24-4 5 12 11 7 1 1