Neither team scored until the top of the seventh when a double and a bunt put a Crater runner on third and she was batted in by the fourth hitter. After the game, coach Mark Jolliffe remembered his nervousness at this point. He mentioned how frustrating it would have been to lose a game by one run after missing a handful of opportunities earlier. The Eagles had a runner within scoring range on four occasions in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings, but failed to capitalize each time.
Eagle Point played a strong defensive game throughout. In the first inning, shortstop Shauntel Rodgers caught a throw from catcher Christine McCready to tag out a Crater Comet stealing second. She also grabbed a layout catch early in the fourth inning. Megan Cowden played a “really solid game” at second base, according to Jolliffe. Cowden was particularly on the ball when covering first base to help get an out on a bunt in the fifth.
After Crater’s run in the seventh, the Eagles quickly tied the score and took the lead. Tatum Winter made it home from second on a hit to center field from Rodgers. Cowden ran to first when the Crater catcher dropped the third strike. Then, Rodgers ran home on a ground ball hit by pitcher Chloe Hanson.
An enthusiastic group of young men supported the Eagles with their loud and spirited cheers. “Two claps and a pow!” for Eagle softball.
By Michael Stephens
Of the Independent