HU Ladies WIN the Nightcap with Rally in the 7th
Huntington's Norths Hanna Middlebrooks wins game one for Grace
March 29, 2019
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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore Rozlynn Everhart's walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh made for an impressive 6-5 come-from-behind win in the nightcap of the HU softball team's Crossroads League clash with Grace College Friday night.
Staring at a 5-2 deficit heading into their last at bat, the Foresters delivered with clutch hitting and savvy base-running to set the stage for Everhart's heroics. Sophia Beachy and Paige Eichelberger got things going with back-to-back singles. Jada Crofoot moved Beachy to third on a fielder's choice and then the pair took advantage of an errant throw as Beachy found home and Crofoot motored to second.
Kennedy Krull singled in Crofoot's pinch runner, Amber Klopfenstein, with a shot into left-center and then took an extra base when the Lancers tried to tag Klopfenstein at home. After advancing to third on Joelle Beals' blooper into right-center, Krull eventually scampered home on a wild pitch.
It was more savvy base-running as Beals landed on the opposite corner compliments of Grace throwing the ball around after her single and the aforementioned wild pitch. The junior shortstop then tagged up on Everhart's sac fly for the game-winner.
HU's first two runs came by way of Krull's RBI-single in the third and Denaia Rice's single up the middle in the sixth. The Lancers scored twice in the first, added two more in the fourth and upped their run total to five in the seventh in a contest where the visitors seemed firmly in control throughout until HU's gritty finish
Gower's crew finished with 12 hits with five different Foresters logging at least two hits. Beachy went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored twice. Krull, Crofoot, Beals and Rice each added a pair.
Anna Weigold threw the final 3.2 frames for Huntington to pick up her first collegiate win by giving up four hits, an unearned run and a walk.
The Foresters weren't so fortunate in the opener as their late-game rally wasn't quite enough. Down 3-0 heading into the seventh, HU came up a run short to suffer a 3-2 loss.
After Keira Stacy took one for the team by getting beaned, Beachy rocketed a shot into right-center to drive in Stacy's pinch runner, MacKyndsea Burke. Beachy then came around to score on Karley Blankenship's run-scoring single but that was as close as the hosts would get as reliever Erin Lawhon worked her way out of the jam for the save.
Meghan Fretz took the loss for HU. The sophomore hurler gave up six hits, three runs, two of which were earned, and two walks while striking out four.
Beachy picked up three hits and an RBI to pace Huntington offensively while Crofoot posted two hits.
HU (7-11, 3-5) is back in action on Monday to take on Bethel at 3:00 p.m.
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