Tigers battle back to defeat Bobcats
Special to the Whig
For the first five innings Friday afternoon, Rising Sun struggled to solve Bel Air pitcher Kat Perea.
Focused on not becoming frustrated due to their lack of offense, the Tigers finally broke through in the sixth frame when they scored three runs to storm past the visiting Bobcats. They then held on in the final inning to earn a 4-2 comefrom-behind victory over Bel Air in Chesapeake Division softball action.
“We talked about ‘ Never giving up when you get down, always keeping your head up and hitting the ball hard and putting it in play. Eventually, it’ll find a hole,’” Rising Sun head coach Rusty Moore said.
“That’s exactly what happened. It came in droves and continued one after another.”
With the Tigers (5-4 overall, 2-4 division) trailing entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Ally Bradford led off the frame with a line-drive triple to left-center field. Kelly Porte then followed by reaching base on a hit by pitch.
Paige Bradford then drove in Ally Bradford with a single up the middle to make it 2-2, before Lexi Barclay advanced Porte and Bradford with a sacrifice fly to center. Alexa Hull then delivered an infield single that plated Porte to give Rising Sun a 3-2 lead.
The Tigers added an insurance run when Ally Bradford scored on Maddie Foard’s groundout to first.
“I think we just finally started to see how [Perea] was pitching, where she would pitch the ball, and we started to make contact,” Ally Bradford said.
Bel Air threatened in the top of the seventh when it placed runners on first and second with one out, but Tigers pitcher Reagan Connell escaped the jam by induc- ing a double play to end the game. The win delivered the Tigers some revenge after they fell to the Bobcats earlier in the year.
The victory continued the Cecil County squad’s recent run of strong play. Rising Sun has now won three of its last four contests.
“It feels great. We lost to them earlier, and to come back and beat them later in the season is nice. It feels like we’re peaking at the right time.” said Paige Bradford, who finished 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI. “We hope to keep this win streak going and get ready for playoffs.”
Connell picked up the win as she pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and one hit batter.
The Bobcats (4-5, 2-5) scored once in the top of the first when Brianna Fleischmann scored on a Morgan Dvorak single. They made it 2-0 in the fourth when Perea scored on a Savannah Myers infield single.
The Tigers cut into the early deficit in the bottom of the fourth when Paige Bradford scored on a Barclay single to make it 2-1.
Rising Sun’s Ally Bradford leaps to make a catch during her team’s 4-2 comefrom-behind victory over visiting Bel Air in Chesapeake Division softball action on Friday.