On Thursday May 19th, the EPHS Varsity softball team competed on their home field against Springfield High School for a Play-in game to determine placement in the top sixteen teams in the state. Neither the Eagles nor the Millers scored any points for the first seven innings. But victory was taken in spectacular fashion in the eighth when Shauntel Rodgers ran home from second base on a hit to left-center field from Christine McCready, making the final score 1-0. The Eagles all rushed the field when the game was won and celebrated with a dog pile.
When asked about the intensity of the game, the first word EP coach Mark Jolliffe said was “heartburn.” He went on to say that the game “could have went the other way easily.”
In the top of the fourth inning, Springfield would have scored a run on their fourth batter had shortstop Shauntel Rodgers not dove onto her back to catch the third out. It was unclear at first whether she had caught it, and many in the crowd leaned forward to see. But then there were cheers as she stood up with the ball in her glove. Both of the Rodgers cousins have been seen making plays this way more than once during Eagle Point’s home season. Coach Jolliffe spoke of the pair as strong athletes. “They don’t play like girls,” he said. “They want to win, and they’re not afraid to get hurt.”
Chloe Hanson also put on an admirable performance. Hanson pitched a total of fifteen strikeouts and only gave up one base hit during all eight innings.
With their current record at 17 wins and 9 losses, the Eagles have an RPI ranking of 7th in the state and will compete in the playoffs beginning on May 25th. The schedule was due to be released on Sunday, May 22. We suggest you call the high school for dates and times of the games. Best of luck to our girls.
By Michael Stephens
Of the Independent