Prep softball: Cadets edge Warriors, 8-7
BEVERLY – Courtney Allen’s single up the middle scored Mikaela Dyar from third base with the game- winning run as Fort Frye Lady rallied to a walk-off, 8-7 victory over visiting Buckeye Trail Tuesday.
The Cadets got longballs from freshman Jada Baker and Tanner Booth in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, to erase a two-run deficit, and then played small ball in the final frame to score the Pioneer Valley Conference victory.
Both teams struggled defensively in the game as Fort Frye committed four errors while the Warriors were charged with five miscues.
Trail capitalized on a pair of Cadet errors on the opening batter of the game when Catie Smith scored on a wild pitch to give the Lady Warriors an early 1-0 lead.
The Cadets went down quietly in its first two at bats against Trail starting pitcher Allison Sichina before sending 11 hitters to the plate in the last of the third as they scored five times to take a 5-1 lead.
The Fort took advantage of a pair of walks, a pair of hits batsmen and a couple of Warrior errors in its big fifth inning rally.
Junior third baseman Michelle Adkins collected the big hit in the inning when she doubled to deep right center field to plate a pair of Cadet runs.
Trial began to chip away at the Fort Frye lead when they scored a pair of runs in the top of the fourth.
Michaela Curts led off with a double and moved to third on a base hit by right fielder Kristina Clark before both runners scored on consecutive infield ground outs off the bats of Sichina and Megan Warne.
The Lady Warriors jumped back in front in the top of the fifth when they batted around against Baker collecting four basehits and scoring four runs to take a 7-5 lead.
Alexis Wheeler and Clark each collected an RBI single in the Warrior fifth inning.
Baker took things into her own hands in the top of the fifth when she led off the inning with a home run over the fence in right center field to trim the Trail lead to 7-6.
After Baker retired the Warriors in order for the first time in the game in the top of the sixth inning, the Cadets came to bat needing a run to draw even.
After the first two hitters for the Fort went quietly in the last of the sixth, Booth drilled a shot over the left field fence for her fourth home run of the season to tie things up at 7-7.
Fort Frye head coach Barb Sleek has been impressed with the power display put forth by her team this season as no less than five Cadet players have left the yard a total of 10 times.
“I have never had five different girls hit home runs in the same season,” said the veteran Fort Frye head coach. “It’s very nice to know that over half of your lineup is a threat to hit a long ball.”
It took Baker just three pitches to dispose of the aggressive Lady Warriors in the top of the seventh with the final out coming on a nice catch by Lemasters at shortstop on a bullet off the bat of Clark.
Dyar led off the final inning for the Cadets by reaching base on another Warrior error and then slid in safely at second base on a sacrifice bunt by Lexi Skinner.
Chelsey Snodgrass grounded out to the right side to move both runners into scoring position and bring Allen to the plate with the chance to play the role of hero.
The senior outfielder wasted little time as she lined the first pitch thrown to her by Sichina up the middle for a base hit as Dyar scampered home with the game winning run.
“That was a real clutch hit by Courtney,” said Sleek. “I told her to jump on the first good pitch she saw and give me some contact and I give her kudos for stepping up and getting the job done.”
Adkins led the Cadet offense with three basehits including a pair of doubles, while Booth collected a couple of hits and also drove in two.
Baker gained the victory despite allowing nine hits and fanning four, while Sichina took the loss for Buckeye Trail (3-14). Next up for the Cadets (9-5) is a trip to Sarahsville today to take on Shenandoah in another PVC contest.