Spartans outlast EC in softball duel

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019 1:30pm
  • Sports

The Spartans survived another scare in girls varsity fastpitch softball, coming from behind to upend Eastside Catholic late last week at home.

Bainbridge collected nine hits, 12 walks and three hit batters to put 13 runs on the board to outlast the Crusaders 13-9 Friday.

The lead changed hands five times, with the Spartans breaking the game open with a four-run sixth inning capped by a “no doubt about it” three-run home run by Malia Peato.

The humongous hit came after Hayden Jobes broke a 9-9 tie with an RBI single that scored Ellen Owen with the eventual winning run.

EC struck first, capitalizing on an infield error by the Spartans to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

Bainbridge came back with three in the bottom of the frame to take a 3-1 lead but leaving the bases loaded.

In the second inning the Spartans extended their advantage to 4-1 on a RBI single by Miranda Grogger.

The Crusaders marched back with a four-run third inning to move back on top, 5-4. The big blow was a bases-clearing double by Claire Murawski.

Bainbridge batted around in the fourth to bring four runs home for an 8-5 lead. Two walks, a pair of hit batters, a hit and an EC error provided the offensive firepower for the Spartans.

EC returned the favor in the top of the fifth, scoring four runs of their own to get back in front, 9-8. Nicole Moe’s three-run home run keyed the Crusader rally.

But a two-out, bases-loaded walk by Grogger scored Abby Sullivan in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at nine apiece.

Peato retired the side in order in the top of the sixth to set the stage for Jobes’ RBI and her own home run.

After a lead-off walk in the top of the sixth, Peato retired the side on a foul pop fly and two strikeouts to end the game.

Peato picked up her third win in the circle (3-2). She pitched for seven innings (6 H, 7 ER, 11 Ks, 3 BBs).

Jobes finished with 2-for-2 batting, with an RBI and two runs scored.

Abby Sullivan went 1-for-2, with three BBs and three runs.

Peato finished 1-for-4, with three RBIs and three runs.

Grace Colburn went 1-for-2, with two BBs, HBP, two RBIs and a run.

Grogger was 2-for-2, with three RBIs and two BBs.

The victory improved the Spartans’ record to 4-2 (4-1 Metro League).

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