The Robert Goodman Jewelers Pirates defeated the Em-Roe Dolphins in a closely contested match by a score of 12-11. The game was decided in the final at bat by the Pirates.Both teams had balanced offensive attacks with every player on the field earning a hit.
The Pirates were led offensively by Alyssa McCarthy, Addy Laucks, and Alexa Caniff who had 4 hits each. Lylah Sands, Kaitlyn Garrett, Mary Vukovich, and Jennifer Pitts each chipped in with 3 hits. Bridget Beyer, Grace Lin and Julianna Bartels each contributed 2 hits, while Becca Meyers added a single. Vukovich scored 3 runs while Sands, Garrett and McCarthy added 2 runs. Pitts, Laucks and Beyer scored 1 run each.
Vivian King hit five times to lead the Dolphins, and Emma Gillespie and Lilly Last Name needed had 4 hits each. Ella Oberweiser and Avery Moore tallied 3 hits each with Ali Copeland and Annabelle Fiore kicking in 2, and Bella Martinez adding 1 hit. Gillespie scored 3 times for the Dolphins while Sydney Webber and Moore added 2 runs each. Vivian, Lily Robinson, Oberweiser and Copeland all contributed a run.
The score was 5 – 8 with the Pirates leading at the top of the 4th when the Dolphins scored 5 runs to take the lead 10 – 8. The Pirates came back and scored 2 runs at the bottom of the 4th to tie up the game. Both teams were scoreless in the fifth inning. The Dolphins added 1 run at the top of the 6th and the Pirates won the game when Bartels drove in McCarthy for the second run of the inning.
Defensive highlights for the Pirates included a fifth inning stand with two consecutive outs to first baseman, Pitts, from pitcher, Sands. Pitts fielded a ground ball and stepped on first for the third out of the inning. In the sixth inning, Garrett halted two potential runs by fielding consecutive grounders for unassisted outs at third base. The Pirates’ catcher, Vukovich, saved a run by catching a toss from the pitcher, Sands
Front row Addy Laucks, Grace Lin, Becca Meyers, Alexa Caniff, Jennifer Pitts.
Back row Ryan McCarthy, John Sands, Kaitlyn Garrett, Bridget Beyer, Mary Vukovich, Lylah Sands, Julianna Bartels, Alyssa McCarthy, and Tom Beyer.