JEFFERSON - Though the roles on the Edgewood softball team sometimes may not be clear until each game is in progress, every Warrior has one. To the benefit of coach Shelley Monas, the Warriors accept those roles as they come.

With contributions from nearly everyone, Edgewood defeated Jefferson, 5-1, Thursday afternoon in a battle of Northeastern Conference unbeatens.

"Everybody's got to buy into their role," Monas said. "With these kids, it's about keeping the right attitude. Everybody has a role and they're all going to contribute in some way - sometimes one game differently than another. I think we used 12 kids for that win. It's always a great team win when everybody contributes."

The Warriors (5-1, 3-0) tallied three runs in the top half of the fifth to take control.

"They manufactured some runs," Jefferson coach Paul Bodnar said. "We made a miscue on the first runner, but they do have some speed. It wasn't how hard they hit the ball, it was where they hit it."

Edgewood's Allison Adkins reached on an error to lead off the inning. Pinch runner Sam Kalil moved to second on an errant throw by Jefferson catcher Courtney Francis and took third on a bunt single by Rachel Wolford. Following a strikeout of Kayla Funk, Wolford stole second, allowing Kalil to score the game's first run.

Amber Adley followed with an RBI double to score Wolford. Katie McMellen drove Adley home with a two-out infield single.

"Amber Adley had a clutch double," Monas said. "If you can score first, then score a bunch; it's tough on the other team."

Edgewood plated two more runs in the sixth on a two-run double by Funk.

The Falcons (4-4, 2-1) scored their lone run in the home half of the sixth on a run-scoring single by Sara Febel. Tara Aiman scored the run after reaching on a two-out double to left.

Freshman hurler Megan Dragon (3-1) struck out eight, allowed three hits and walked just one in getting the win.

"She pitched a nice game," Monas said. "She didn't get too fancy, but just kept the ball down and kept their hitters a little off-balance with the change."

"She was hitting her spots and she was hitting the spots the umpire was giving her," Bodnar said. "That's what good pitchers do. For a freshman, she has a lot of savvy."

Lloyd (3-3) struck out four in taking the loss for Jefferson. ; ;

Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.

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