Softball News & Highlights
March 22, 2014
Devils Hold Off Eagles' Comeback Attempts
Eastern junior Emily Houck came up big in the bottom of the seventh of game two to keep the game alive. Houck ripped a bases-loaded two-RBI double to left field with no outs in the inning to tie the game at 4-4. With no outs and Houck on second and Kasey Williams on third, the Eagles were unable to bring the winning run home in the inning and play continued in extra innings.
The Devils posted a run in the top of the ninth, but the Eagles responded immediately in the bottom of the inning as Williams led off the inning with a triple to center field. Williams then dashed for home on a wild pitch and slid under the tag to knot the game at 5-5. However, like in the seventh inning, the Eagles had tied the game with no outs, but were unable to score.
In the tenth inning, the teams would start with each inning with a runner on second. Eastern starter Kristen Waters worked out of danger in the top half of the inning. She picked up a critical strikeout after the runner moved to third with only one out. In the bottom of the inning, Eastern was only inches away from earning a split. Haleigh Williams smoked a two-out line drive down the left field line with Erica Pyla-Gibson on third. Williams had reached first base with her arms raised by the time the ball hit outfield grass. The grass the ball hit, however, was just on the foul side of the line. The Devils were able to retire Williams three pitches later and take the game to the 11th inning.
In the 11th, the Devils bats caught up with Waters. She retired the first batter on a ground out, but the next five batters reached safely. Maggie Murphy delivered the big blow with a three run home run to right center. By the tie the smoke cleared, the Devils had scored eight runs on eight hits.
Waters, pitching her third complete game in as many days, suffered her first loss of the season. Prior to that inning, Waters had scattered 10 hits over 10 innings while striking out six and walking none.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Eastern's bats were quiet through the first five innings until freshman catcher Karlee Kerchersky smashed a two-run home run to opposite field in the bottom of the sixth. Kerchersky now has three homers this year.
The Eagles trailed 4-2 after Kerchersky's homer and trailed 6-2 after the Devils scored on a bases-loaded single and a bases-loaded groundout in the top of the seventh.
Eastern rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Ashton Tomlinson knocked in two runs with a triple, and Kasey Williams sent Tomlinson home with an RBI groundout. However, the Eagles came up one run shy and fell by a final score of 6-5.
Eastern had five players with two hits in game one: Michelle Stehman, Ashton Tomlinson, Kasey Williams, Karlee Kerchersky and Kelsey Clever. Stehman and Williams had multiple hits in game two, with Stehman batting 2-for-5 and Williams 3-for-6.
Eastern, now 7-6 and 2-2 in the Freedom Conference, is scheduled to play at Widener University on Monday at 4 p.m.
Updated: Saturday, 22 March 2014