Law softball rallies back twice to defeat Foran

Grace Kantor’s single in the bottom of the sixth inning capped a four-run rally when Law defeated visiting Foran on Wednesday.

Kantor, fresh off doubling in the winning run when Law defeated Lyman Hall 5-4 in nine innings on Monday, had a bases-loaded infield single to plate the eventual winning run.

Maddie Lula opened the go-ahead rally with a single. Nicolina Salanto singled and a fielder’s obstruction on a grounder off the bat of Grace Hess loaded the bases. Paige Jolley was hit by a pitch to force in a run.

Elizabeth Roos took a 3-2 pitch over first base. It was just out of the reach of a diving Chloe Nittoly to tie the game at 6-all.

Law improved to 12-5. Foran is 9-9.

“When we played them the first time, we jumped right on them (13-5 season opening win). They came here and jumped right on us,” Law coach Melanie Blude said. “Morgan Viesselman did a tremendous job. She had our kids off balance for their first at bat. We’ve been hitting the ball. To shut our bats up was a big deal.”

Foran took a 3-0 lead in the second.

Viesselman led off with a home run to dead center field. Alex Hart doubled home Nittoly (walk) and came across on Hailey’s Oliver’s double.

Hart (three hits) singled home Viesselman, who had walked and stole second on a strikeout, to make it 4-0 in the third.

Viesselman held Law without a hit into the fourth.

Lula homered to right field to score Talia Salanto (walk) to make it 4-2. Sarah Paulus singled home Courtney Hanson (single) and it was 4-3.

Foran struck back with a two-run sixth.

Nittoly walked. Hart and Sara Connelly singled to load the bases. Oliver’s base hit drove in one run and Kendall LaMorte plated the second with a sacrifice fly.

“Everyone hit the ball, top to bottom. We got the start we wanted against a very good Law team,” Foran coach Julie Johnson said. “I’m proud of how we played when they came back on us. They went out and got us two more runs.”

Foran’s Mary Rodriguez had a single to open the seventh.

A pair of fielder’s choice grounders put two outs in the book. The first Law error moved the tying run to second, but Talia Salanto fifth strikeout stranded two runners.

Blude said: “Hats off to Foran. I don’t know how many hits they had (eight). There was no easy out in the lineup. Bottom of the order meant nothing today. Everyone of their kids hit the ball hard.

“Our kids keep fighting. We had the comeback win over Lyman Hall and then today. This is what we want to see going into the postseason.”

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