By Frank Marksman
For the Independent
Eagle Point put up 28 runs in a double header with Ashland on April 13—yet won just one of the two games.
In the first game at North Mountain Park, Eagle Point scored four runs in the first inning on the way to a 14-4 win in a game shortened to six innings by the 10 run-rule.
Mckinzee Merrill limited the Grizzlies to six hits to get the win in the circle. All four Ashland runs were unearned. Neesha Garcia-Patterson clubbed three singles and scored twice. Teanna Gonsalves had two hits during the game.
In the second game, Ashland scored first, taking advantage to two Eagle errors in the 1st. But Eagle Point responded with eight runs in the 2nd, keyed by back-to-back doubles by Brianna Shopp and Paige Leeper. The lead grew to 12-2 in the 4th, thanks to a three-run home run by Garcia-Patterson and an RBI double by Alisha Earle.
However, two more errors extended the Ashland half of the fourth and the Grizzlies took advantage, scoring five unearned runs off the Eagles’ Gonsalves. Another Garcia-Patterson home run in the 6th, her fourth of the season, was not enough to stem the Grizzlies momentum and they took a 14-13 lead in the bottom of that inning with six more runs on five hits and two Eagle miscues.
Eagle Point tied the game in the 7th on an RBI single by Karly Toeln, but a long fly ball by Garcia-Patterson was snagged by Ashland’s Grace Pippa at the fence, ending any further threat.
Christina Kuykendall led off the bottom of the 7th with a single, moved to second on yet another Eagle error. After a pop up for the first out, she stole third, then just beat a throw home on a ground ball to short for the winning run.