Ashley Logging posted a 4-2 victory over Coale Trucking in women's softball action Thursday evening at Harford Community College's ThomasRun Park.
The victory improved Ashley's record to 9-6 in the Harford County Invitational Fast-Pitch League, putting them in third place.
Coale is now 10-5 and in second place, trailing first place Hale's Seafood of Perry Hall, which has posted a 15-0 record.
"We hit the ball hard but not when we needed to," said Coale Trucking coach Neale Drexel, whose team dropped into a tie with Ashley.
Things started out well enough for Coale when it took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on doubles by Terry Kohles and Jennifer Parsons.
But clutch hitting gave Ashley the lead in the third. With two outs and runners on second and third, Kim Geesaman sliced a drive just inside the left-field line, handing Ashley a 2-1 lead.
"We all breathed a sigh of relief when that one dropped in," said Ashley pitcher/coach LisaSilhan.
In the fourth, Ashley again came up with the key two-out hit when Lisa Waugh drove a bases-leaded double into left-center field for two more runs.
"We're not a big-hitting team, but we're a clutch-hitting team," said Silhan.
Meanwhile, Coale kept putting runners on base only to strand them. From the second through the sixth it had at least one runner aboard in every inning, but could only manage a single run in the seventh.
In the third it had runners on first and second with two outs, but Kohles flied out to right to end theinning. In the sixth, thanks largely to an error and a wild pitch, it had runners on second and third with two outs, but Silhan induced Beth Dishner to pop up back to the mound.
Finally in the seventh, with a run in and Beth Parsons representing the potential go-ahead run, Silhan got her to pop out to first to end the game.
"She always gives us a hard time," Coale coach Drexel said of Silhan. "She's not a great strikeout pitcher, but she throws strikes and makes you put the ball in play."
Silhan returned the compliment, saying, "Take nothing away from them, they're an excellent team. It takes perfect play to beat them and tonight we played perfect defense." The final games of the season is Tuesday night. Coale will play Hale's at 8 p.m. atThomas Run Park.