Softball News & Highlights
April 18, 2013
Eagles Grab Split with Arcadia
After Fair retired Arcadia in order in the top of the first, the Eagles scored three times in the home half of the inning. Jessi Baker walked and Kaley Snyder reached on an error when her sacrifice bunt attempt was mishandled. Kasey Williams then drew a walk to load the bases for Fair.
Eastern's senior star drove a ball to center, but it hung up long enough to be caught. Baker tagged at third and scampered home without a throw. After Snyder was caught stealing and Emily Houck hit an infield single, Katelyn Donald turned on an inside pitch and cracked a two-run double into the left field corner.
The Knights scored twice in the second and tied the game with a single tally in the third. Arcadia catcher Leanda Helms was at the center of both innings. She led off the second with a single and scored on a wild pitch, and she drove in a runner from third in the third inning. In her third at bat of the day in the fifth inning, Helms drove in a run with a double to right center. Snyder and Fair limited the damage a little on the play when the freshman center fielder delivered a good throw to Fair as the cut-off player and Fair fired a strike to the plate to get a second runner trying to score.
Down a run, the Eagles built a rally in the fifth when Snyder beat out a bunt single and Williams hit a ball in the hole that the Arcadia shortstop reached, but the speedy Snyder was at the bag before the throw to put a pair of runners on for Fair. The Eagles scored two runs on three straight singles from Fair, Houck, and Donald and picked up the final run of the game on Paula Redmon's ground ball to the middle of the infield.
Fair retired the final six Arcadia batters to complete the game. Fair struck out seven in the win.
Redmon started game two in the circle for the Eagles. Arcadia scored three runs in the first and three more in the second to grab control of the game. Helms again caused problems for the Eagles with a home run in the first and a run-scoring single in the second.
The Eastern offense was unable to get anything going against Arcadia starter Erin Wilson. Wilson allowed only one hit and struck out four in three innings of work for her first win of the year.
Williams came on to pitch in the fourth for the Eagles. She did not allow a run in the fourth, but the Knights scored their eighth run in the fifth on a two-out single.
The Eagles went quietly in the fifth and were shut out for the ninth time this year in the loss.
Eastern travels to Misericordia University on Saturday for a Freedom Conference doubleheader. The Eagles are eliminated from the post-season, but they can finish fifth in the league with a good showing over the final four conference games.
Updated: Thursday, 18 April 2013