Bethel made the most of an early 7-0 lead to drop Purcell, 10-2, in only five innings Friday.


Bethel made the most of an early 7-0 lead to drop Purcell, 10-2, in only five innings Friday.
The Wildcats scored three runs in the second and four in the third before the Dragons cut the edge to 7-2 with a run apiece in the tops of the fourth and fifth innings. Bethel closed the scoring with three runs in the home half of the fifth, and the game was stopped there on the run rule.
In his first varsity start, Marcus Washburn tossed a complete-game two-hitter and gave up just one earned run.
“Marcus did a really good job on the mound for his first varsity start,” said Bethel head coach Todd Brown.
Washburn walked three and struck out five in moving to 1-0.
Bethel rang up a dozen hits, including two apiece from Hunter Heath, Justin Vermillion, Dylan Baine and Brooks Richards. Heath clubbed a double and drove in two runs, while Stewart swatted a two-run double in the bottom of the third. Baine finished with three RBI, Vermillion finished with one and Richards batted in Stewart for the game-ending run.
“I’m real pleased with the way we swung the bats today,” Brown said.
Now 7-5, the Wildcats will host Class 4A’s No. 9 Tecumseh for a varsity/junior varsity doubleheader at 4 p.m. Monday.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.