BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath and Napoleon endured many missed opportunities in Thursday’s non-league softball matchup.
There were 19 baserunners stranded between the two squads.
However, Napoleon only needed one opportunity to cash in.
With the game knotted 2-2 at the end of seven innings (regulation game), Napoleon managed to get two timely hits in the eighth inning to pull away for a 5-2 victory.
With the extra-inning win, Napoleon improves to 2-1. Bath slips to 1-3.
Bath pitcher Morgan Mosely worked all eight innings. Mosely scattered 10 hits, while striking out three and walking four. Mosely tossed 114 pitches on the day.
Allison Mack went the distance for Napoleon in the circle. Mack scattered 10 hits on the day, while fanning six, walking two and hitting a batter. Mack threw 112 pitches.
Both teams found ways to get out of jams throughout seven innings.
However, Napoleon finally broke through in the eighth inning.
In the top of the eighth, Mosely walked two batters. Then, a bloop single by Megan Richardson (3 for 5), followed with a triple by Stevie Rieger, drove in the three runs for Napoleon.
Bath did rally in the home half of the eighth, but came up short, leaving two baserunners stranded.
“Their pitcher did a nice job of keeping us off-balance,” Bath coach Hannah Slavin said. I think the big downfall for us was not getting some bunts down in key situations and advancing some runners, and ultimately scoring runs.
“I’m happy at the way we’re hitting the ball. I just wish we could string some things together — scoring more frequently and often.”
Bath enjoyed a short-lived 2-1 lead after one inning.
In the bottom of the first, Bath scored the two runs on three hits. Kali Armstrong led off with a single. Annika Heminger came up two batters later and smacked a double to left, scoring Armstrong. Tara Cooper followed Heminger with a double into the right centerfield gap, scoring Heminger.
However, Bath was held in check the rest of the game. Bath left baserunners stranded in every inning except for the fifth, when Mack retired Bath in order.
“I feel that some key moments and opportunities were missed on our part,” Slavin said. “But, I was proud at the way our kids bounced back and were able to get some runners on (in the eighth) – but unfortunately could not get them to the plate; but that will come. Luckily, it’s still early in the season and we have plenty of time for improvement.”
Armstrong led Bath at the plate, going 3 for 5. Cooper and Tori Dackin each had two hits for Bath.
“We had 10 runners left on base,” first-year Napoleon coach Kelsey Meyer said. “It was very frustrating, because we had many opportunities to score runners. The game ended excitingly, but we had to bring those girls back to reality and tell them that we should have busted this open a long time ago. Even though I’m happy at the way we finished, we still have to score those runners early in the game.”
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