JF softballers top River in a doozy

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Wild seventh inning ends in 7-6 score

By Mike Forster


Talk about a 180!

A game that had been tepid and mundane became a heated, gut-wrenching affair in the seventh inning.

When the dust finally settled on the chilly field at Staunton River, it was Jefferson Forest which prevailed over the host Golden Eagles, 7-6.

The game appeared to belong to the Eagles, until the last inning that is.

Shortstop Madison Meador scored the game's first run in the fifth inning before driving home Kyndall Witt and Rachel Madelle.

That 3-0 lead, courtesy of some fine pitching by Kaylee Ball.

But Jefferson Forest was like a viper ready to strike.  It did so in the top of the seventh.  Ball gave up a pair of singles to Casey Roginski and Kacie Crosswhite.

That had River Head Coach John Weller going to his bullpen.  Or, more accurately, he went to left field to call in Taylor Creasy.

Her presence in the pitching circle likely stirred flames of vengeance, as she had shut down the Lady Cavs in decisive fashion last year (in a game played under similarly chilly conditions).

Sam Wells hit a single and Anna Pfister followed up with a double.

A couple of errors, a walk and a passed ball pushed the Lady Cavs to a 5-3 edge.

Ball returned to the circle, but Skylar Jenkins bopped a double to drive in two more runs.  Jenkins' got a wee bit greedy, however, and was caught in a run down between second and third to end the inning.

Down, 7-3, it seemed all was over for the Lady Eagles.

Few would have blamed them if they'd just call it a night and went to their respective homes for a nice cup of hot cocoa and a warm blanket.

But these Eagles were far from done, as relief pitcher Roginski (who took over duties in the fifth inning) discovered.

After loading the bases, River sent senior Kayte Walvoort to the plate.  She delivered in fine fashion, her single to right field bringing home a run.

Madelle then hit a ball to the hot corner which was, well, too hot to handle.  The error put another run on the board and kept the bases loaded.

Sam Wells then hit into a 4-3 fielder's choice, which was the second out of the inning, but pulled the Eagles within a run.

That put Meador at the plate.  The young lady who'd gone 4-for-4 for the day, however, was goaded by Roginski into sending up a pop fly.  Madison McGrath hauled in the errant ball to complete the game.



We'd be remiss if we didn't note the fine pitching performance of JF's Jessica Marchand.

Pressed into duty because of a niggling injury to Janelle Zellars (leg), Marchand showed that she's a solid option for the Lady Cavs, as she allowed three runs over four innings.