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    Mentor rode freshman pitcher Addison Belviso to a 4-0 season-opening win over Yorktown High School out of Arlington, Va., on Monday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Belviso allowed just three hits and struck out four in a five-inning complete-game victory.

    “Any time you earn a win is exciting,” Belviso said. “To start the season with a shutout is like earning an ‘A’ in a difficult class.”

    Mentor scored two runs in the top of the first to allow Belviso to settle in and shake off the nerves.

    “I always try to not let nerves affect me in the circle,” she said. “This Mentor team is phenomenal on defense and hits the ball well, making my job definitely easier.”

    Olivia Sacks was hit by a pitch with one out and Ireland Rainey followed with a two-out single. Chy Harville then hit a clutch two-out single to right, ending with Sacks and Rainey crossing the plate for a 2-0 lead.

    Belviso struck out the first batter she faced in the bottom of the first on five pitches then gave up the first hit of her career. After a flyout recorded the second out of the inning, Belviso gave up another single but pitched out of the jam to keep the game scoreless heading into the second inning.

    Mentor’s offense added two more runs in the second.

    Kathryn Bouffard led off the inning with a single and Aubree Colón doubled her to third and Bouffard scored on a wild pitch. Clarissa Morrison and Izzy Coode drew walks to load the bases and Rainey singled home Colón to make it 4-0.

    Rainey went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and she knocked in a pair of runs.

    With a 4-0 lead, Belviso recorded six straight outs in the second and third innings.

    “I really like working with Coach Jo (Bondra) to determine what wis working best,” Belviso said. “Early on, we utilized location and my curve. Late in the game, my drop was working well, producing a lot of field-able ground balls.”

    Mentor added three more runs in the fourth when Morrison doubled to start the rally and Sacks reached on an error. Morrison scored on a Coode groundout and Rainey moved to first after being hit by a pitch. Harvill singled and Maddy Menough knocked in a run on her groundout.

    A single and a walk gave Yorktown a pair of baserunners with just one out in the bottom of the fourth. Belviso coaxed a groundout and flyout to end that threat.

    The Cardinals added four more runs in the fifth on singles by Bouffard, Dadante, Morrison, Coode, and Rainey, and Belviso struck out two of the three batters she faced in the bottom half of the inning to secure Mentor’s run-rule victory.

    “Obviously, it’s good to come out of town and beat a team that we don’t know anything about,” Coach Bondra said. “Our freshman pitcher showed up big today. I think they only had three hits, and we collected 13, which is big for us. They definitely had her back today.”

    Rainey led the Cardinals with her 3-for-3 performance, Morrison, Harville, and Bouffard each recorded two hits in the win.

    “Chy had two hits and a couple of RBI, and that was the last decision we made,” Bondra said about inserting Harville into the starting lineup. “It’s her first year on varsity and she definitely showed up. She had some crucial hits, including one in the last inning to get the run rule. They were all putting the ball in play—I think we only had one or two strikeouts the whole day. For the first time outside in a real game with three freshmen in the lineup, it’s always a positive to come out and put the ball in play and make the defense work.”

    Coode, Menough, Colón, and Dadante each had one hit for the Cardinals.

    Mentor returns to action with a pair of games on Tuesday. The Cardinal play Olentangy Liberty at 3:45 and Morgantown at 6:00.

     

    Steve Hare
    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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