Softball: Foran's sixth-inning rally tops Law
The Foran High softball scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and keep its unbeaten standing with an 8-2 victory over visiting Jonathan Law on Wednesday.
Coach Stephanie Dawid’s Lions improved their record to 9-0 on the season.
“We’ve created an atmosphere where everyone picks each other up,” Dawid said. “That’s what happened today.”
Law, which banged out 10 hits, took the lead in the first inning.
Gege Romero singled with one out and Maddie Murphy doubled her home.
“We really tagged the ball today,” Law coach Melanie Blude said after her Eagles dipped to 3-6. “We had the bases loaded twice and didn’t get that one hit we needed.”
Foran tied the game in the home half of the first when Hannah DeSousa singled inside the first base bag to plate Caitlyn Parisi, who had singled.
DeSousa tripled down the right field line to lead off the fourth. Kayla Gosselin singled to left to give the Lions a 2-1 lead.
Law loaded the bases off freshman pitcher Mckenna Prete in the fifth inning, but the right-hander kept the ball in the infield to get out of the jam unscathed.
Erin Saley singled and Erica Boehm bunted her way aboard on a sacrifice to start the rally.
Prete got a pop out foul of first before Law lead-off batter Cali Jolley used her speed to beat out a bunt in front of the plate.
A pop out to Brittney Baker at third went for the second out, but Murphy walked on a 3-1 pitch to bring Saley home and tie the game.
Amanda Mendillo then threw out Skyler Bender on her roller to shortstop to end the inning.
Law got after it again in the sixth.
Gina Boccamazza and Isabela Rolden had consecutive singles to center. Two pop-ups to Parisi at second — around a hit batter and a foul pop to Gosselin — again left the bags full.
Law pitcher Erin Harrigan continued to find her spots, as the sixth inning unfolded.
Mendillo fouled off a number of pitches and then laced the Lions’ sixth hit of the game into center field.
DeSousa hit the ball down the third base line. Boccamazza handled the grounder easily and went to second, but Mendillo just beat the throw to Romero.
Gosselin singled to right field, and both Mendillo and Law catcher Bender survived a collision in the base path, as Foran took a 3-2 lead.
Two fielder’s choice grounders and a throwing error opened the door and the Lions added five more runs.
“It was a one-run game that looks (by the score) like a blowout,” Blude said. “Foran did a good job there. They hung in and when they got the opportunity they took advantage of it.”
Gosselin was 3-for-3 with three singles and two RBIs.
DeSousa was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Murphy was 2-for-3 with a single, an RBI double and an RBI walk.
Romero was 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored.