Softball battles back to beat Greenville
March 31, 2017
The Fighting Scots softball team took on regional opponent Greenville College. Nerves were high on both sides because of their meeting last year. “Greenville got the NCAA tournament bid over us. We were out for revenge,” Coach John Goddard told his team.
The game went back and forth as both teams rallied to try to win the game. The Panthers scored first in the second inning on an error committed in the Scot’s outfield after Cayla Speaks singled. With one out in the bottom of the second inning the Scot’s battled back. After two singles by Laura Dulee and Maggie Hayes, Justine Bodenhamer hit a double plating both baserunners. But the Panthers did not lead up and scored one unearned run in the fourth and the fifth inning to give them a one run lead. Captain Kaylee Kurtz knew the importance of maintaining a lead saying “We were the better team and we needed to prove that. We did that by battling each time they scored.” Kurtz helped her team get the lead back when she hit an RBI double to the fence to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth.
After a sacrifice fly by Chelsea Lee and a single by Dulee the Scots were up by two runs going into the last two inning of the game. When Tiffany Samsoe singled to left field a rally for the Panthers began. Katie Joliff continued it with a RBI single to center field. Speaks hit a 2 RBI double that ended with Becca Oldham being thrown out at the plate.
The Panthers were up by 1 run going into the final half inning of the game. Battling back with only three outs is not easy to do. After pitching all seven innings Elizabeth Hippen was starting the offensive side of the seventh inning for the Scots. “I knew that a rally started off with the leadoff getting on base to get some confidence in the team. I knew I had to hit it hard and it would all work out in the end,” Hippen explained. Work out it did for the Scots. After back to back singles by Hippen and Rebecca Gallis and an error the bases were loaded for the Scots. Chelsea Lee hit a sacrifice fly to center field tying the game and advancing all runners.
With one out Dulee was up to try and get the game winning RBI. Dulee explained how she remained calm to get the job done for her team, “Coach looked at me and just said drive the ball like you can. With the confidence of my teammates and coach I knew I had the ability to do it and help the team.” Dulee hit another sacrifice fly to right field to win the game for the Fighting Scots.
The second game of the doubleheader was rained out and it currently not being rescheduled. The Fighting Scots Softball team will be hosting their conference opener against Knox on April 5.