(updated 10:45 a.m.) Elmwood softball rallies to beat Eastwood, 4-3 (4-29-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Monday, 29 April 2013 19:06
Elmwood's Olivia Myers (left) celebrates with  teammate Tori Hillard after scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning in the game against Eastwood Monday afternoon. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
JERRY CITY — Elmwood didn’t put its collective heads down after Eastwood scored single runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to take a 3-1 lead Monday afternoon.
Instead, two sophomores delivered key RBI hits in the bottom of the seventh as the Royals rallied for a 4-3 win in a Northern Buckeye Conference softball game.
‘‘This past weekend against Archbold (10-4, 11-7 Elmwood losses) we learned a lot. That prepared us for what we just faced,’’ Elmwood head coach Matt Hoiles said. ‘‘I didn’t have to call time out and settle the troops down. We just did what we do.
‘‘We fought and that’s all we could ask for from a team is to fight.’’
Elmwood’s Ragan Yarnell started the seventh inning with a single to right field and Brittany George followed with a long double to the left-field fence. Both are seniors.
Sophomore Olivia Myers then laced a two-RBI triple to right-center field to tie the game at 3.
Senior Katie Bottesch followed with an infield single, with Myers holding at third.
After Eastwood got a ground ball out, sophomore Rebecca Harvey hit a single into short left field to score Myers with the winning run.
‘‘I was really nervous at first,’’ Harvey said about her at-bat in the seventh inning. ‘‘The whole year I have been hitting pretty good in clutch positions, so once I put my mind to it, I hit the ball.’’
(Harvey said she hit a fastball on the inner part of the plate.
‘‘We were really pumped up; we knew we could come out and win,’’ Harvey said about the attitude in the dugout in the seventh inning. ‘‘We knew we could hit the ball.’’
It was a frustrating afternoon for Eastwood, which had won 14 straight games, before losing 2-1 to Lake last Friday and then suffering another one-run loss Monday.
“We did a nice job coming back from that error we had in the fourth inning,’’ Eastwood head coach Joe Wyant said.
Eastwood's Jessica Young attempts to tag out Elmwood's Brittany George at second during their game Monday afternoon.
‘‘Give it to them (Elmwood) they came back and hit.’’
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Mackenzie Albright led off with a bunt single. After moving to third on a ground out and a passed ball, Albright scored on Anna Rahrig’s base hit to right field.
The Royals tied the game after two were out in the fourth inning. A dropped pop up just off the infield dirt starting things for Elmwood. Tori Hillard singled up the middle and winning pitcher Miranda Benschoter followed with a single to center to tie the game.
In the sixth inning, Jessica Young’s RBI single to left scored Diana Bushman, who had bunted for a base hit and moved up on a fielder’s choice, to give Eastwood a 2-1 lead.
The Eagles increased their lead to 3-1 in the top of the seventh when Albright reached second base on an error to start the inning. She scored on a throwing error on Ally Gabel’s sacrifice bunt.
Elmwood then combined its experience and youth to score three times. The Royals are 11-4 overall and 3-0 in the NBC.
‘‘They (Elmwood) came back. They could have given up after those two errors in the (top) of the seventh,’’ Wyant said.
Hoiles said one reason the Royals didn’t panic was that there were good hitters coming up in the seventh, starting with Yarnell and George.
‘‘Olivia Myers is batting around .500 this year ... She didn’t look good until that last at-bat and stroking that to right-center was huge for us,’’ Hoiles said. “It was just manufacturing what we had to manufacture.’’
George, Myers and Benschoter each had two hits for Elmwood. Both of George’s hits were deep doubles to left field.
Rahrig had two hits for the Eagles.

EASTWOOD 100    001    1—3    6    3
ELMWOOD    000    100    3—4    10    2
(one out when winning run scored)
HITS — (EA) Rahrig 2, Albright, Foster, Bushman, Young; (EL) B. George 2, O. Myers 2, Benschoter 2, Bottesch, Harvey, Tori Hillard, Yarnell. 2B — (EL) B. George 2. 3B — (EL) O. Myers. RUNS — (EA) Albright 2, Bushman; (EL) B. George, O. Myers Harvey, Yarnell. RBI — (EA) Rahrig, Young; (EL) O. Myers 2, Harvey, Benschoter. SB — (EL) Yarnell. SAC — (EA) Gabel; (EL) Tori Hillard. HBP —(EA) Rahrig (by Benschoter); (EL) Yarnell (by Foster). LOB — Eastwood 8. Elmwood 9.

IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Foster (LP) 6 1/3 10    4    3    0    3
Benschoter (WP)    7    6    3    2    2    6

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:44

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