Old Mill overtakes Northeast Softball No. 4 Patriots triumph, 5-3

April 28, 1993|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

After losing a lead midway through the game, Old Mill's No. 4-ranked softball team regained the lead in its half of the sixth to take a 5-3 win over host No. 10 Northeast.

The Patriots had been in a bit of a batting slump in their last few games, said coach Lori Darnell, but they got the job done yesterday.

"I was very pleased that we didn't get down on themselves after we gave up the first lead," Darnell said. "We're hitting a lot better and we've got players coming through in the clutch for us."

Old Mill leadoff hitter Natalie Bell was the player who stepped forward. Her two-run single in the sixth turned out to be the difference.

The Patriots had tied the score at 3-3 with one out when Kerri Strong scored on Melissa Maisch's fly ball to right. The ball was dropped and the bases remained loaded with one out.

Northeast got the second out of the inning when Eagles shortstop Jen Johanson got a force at the plate on Brandi Pennington's ground ball. But Bell was next and her base hit in the gap allowed Christine Baer and Maisch to score for the 5-3 lead.

"It was a 3-2 count so I was just looking to make contact," Bell said. "I was shocked when I saw it come off the bat because I've been in a slump, but it felt great to get the job done."

Patriots pitcher Angie Mihalic went the distance in getting her first win. She put the Eagles down in order in their half of the sixth and allowed only one base runner in the seventh. Mihalic gave up 10 hits and struck out three.

Northeast had taken a 3-2 lead after the fourth inning. The Patriots had scored two in their half of the fourth, but the Eagles came right back and went ahead. With the bases loaded, Chastity Gordon drove a ball down the left-field line to score Velvet Farrell and Loren Bailey.

Two batters later, Shana McKinney singled to left, scoring Kelly Seimak to give the Eagles the lead.

But that would be all the scoring for the home team. Other than the fourth inning, coach Marianne Schultz was not happy with how her team swung the bat.

"We had a serious lack of concentration at the plate today," Schultz said. "We were not aggressive and not consistent. Most days we hit pretty well but today was not one of those days."

The Eagles were led by Johanson (three hits) and Gordon (two hits). Cindy Parulis had three hits for the Patriots and Bell and Baer each had two.

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