Whitehall softball falls to the Trojans
Blake Morgan could look up at Saturday’s scoreboard to see that his team won an inning, lost an inning, and tied another as they walked off the field in their game versus Parkland.
The inning they won, they scored three runs, putting up that crooked number in the bottom of the third off Parkland pitcher Kelly Dulaney.
The inning they tied, they got a sacrifice fly off the bat of Amanda Mortimer, matching Parkland’s total which resulted from an RBI single in the top of the sixth.
But it was the top of the fourth that proved to be the difference as the Trojans pushed across five runs, the big blow a bases-clearing triple by Kiara Bryant that tied the game. They would tack on two more runs in that inning, all five of those coming with two out, and then added that insurance run in the sixth for the 6-4 win.
Winning innings is something that’s permeated Morgan’s conversations with the team.
“We focus on winning every inning,” said Morgan. “So if you lose an inning, you come back and win the next inning, and that’s been our message to them all week.”
The loss drops the Zephyrs to 7-4 overall and 3-4 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
The Zephyrs took the lead in the bottom of the third. Logan Bortz got things rolling with a double. After a fielder’s choice that moved the courtesy runner to third, and followed by a hit batsman, Samantha Molitoris’ single to center drove in the first run. Mortimer’s single plated two more runs, giving the Zephyrs the 3-0 lead.
On the day, Mortimer had a single and three RBIs, while Molitoris had two hits and an RBI. Additionally, Meghan Hutter had two hits, continuing her torrid pace.
In the top of the fourth, Parkland loaded the bases with one out. Starting pitcher Madison Cunningham fielded a sharp comebacker and threw to home to get the second out on the force play. They could now see their way out of that inning. But Bryant drove a pitch to the right corner, scoring all three runners. The Trojans followed with a single to take the lead, and then added one more for the 5-3 lead.
Madison Cunningham battled all day, allowing 10 hits while striking out four batters. It just boiled down to that one inning.
“I just think that it goes back to, and we talked to the girls about it, and the games we’ve lost we can track it to one inning or two innings in the game,” said Morgan. “It’s just understanding the game a little bit, getting outs when you need to get outs, and not letting them back in games. That’s the big thing.”
Morgan, who knows a little bit about Parkland having been an assistant coach before becoming the Zephyr head coach, said the Trojans hit the ball and made the plays when they needed to.
That was clearly the case when Veronica Rodriguez came to the plate in the bottom of the fifth with runners on first and second and nobody out. Rodriguez squared to bunt, and the ball popped up behind home plate. It appeared the catcher wouldn’t have a play because it wasn’t a high pop, but she made an outstanding catch to help knock the some of the wind out of that rally.
Despite that come-from-behind victory by the Trojans, Morgan said it’s important to just focus on the next game.
“We’re just going to keep working hard, and we’re going to fix our mistakes, and that’s all we can do right now,” said Morgan.