Softball News & Highlights
April 01, 2014
Eagles Split With Cougars
The Eagles (10-9, 3-3 Freedom) left 15 runners on base in the doubleheader. Coach Stroop said she felt like the Eagles didn't execute well with runners-in-scoring position and that game one was winnable and game two could have ended much sooner.
Alyssa Welsh took the loss in game one after another strong outing in which she struck out seven batters while walking two and allowing six hits.
The Cougars (6-8, 1-1 Freedom) scored all three of their first game runs off two big hits: a two-run home run in the second and an RBI double off the fence in the fifth.
The Eagles posted a run in the second and third innings and had the chance to do more damage, but left the bases loaded in the second and left two runners on in the third. The Eagles had two runners on in the bottom of the sixth, but were unable to break the game open.
In game two, the Eagles jumped all over the ball to start. Erica Pyla-Gibson led off the game with a double to center field and was later batted in by an Emily Houck double. Karlee Kerchersky plated Houck with a single and Ashton Tomlinson ripped a triple to score Kerchersky.
The Eagles followed up with four runs in the second inning with Kasey Williams and Kerchersky recording the big RBI singles.
As Eagles' pitcher Kristen Waters continued to keep the Cougars at bay through five innings, the Eagles need just one more run in the bottom of the fifth to end the game via the mercy rule. It appeared like the Eagles had scored the winning run on a groundout, but Houck was tagged out sliding into home.
The Eagles had another chance to clinch the early victory in the sixth, but left the bases loaded.
The inability to put the game away almost came back to haunt the Eagles after the Cougars hit a three-run homer in the top of the seventh, but Waters worked her way out of the winning to earn her sixth win of the year.
Kerchersky had the best day at the dish for the Eagles, she went 5-for-7 to increase her season batting average to .377.
The Eagles continue conference play on Saturday at Delaware Valley.
Updated: Tuesday, 01 April 2014