Elks’ late comeback not enough in loss to Cougars
Special to the Whig
The Elkton softball team got off to a slow start against visiting Fallston Wednesday afternoon, falling behind by seven runs by the end of the third inning.
Although the Golden Elks woke up by the tune of a seven- run sixth inning that put them back into the game temporarily, it proved to be not enough as they eventually fell to the Cougars 16-8 in Susquehanna Division action.
“They tend to get a little frustrated when they’re not hitting because we have the potential to hit really well,” Elkton coach Amy Sexton said of her team. “Fallston was hitting the ball. I would move someone to the right, and they would hit it to the left. With all the hits to the outfield, we got into a hole.”
The Cougars scored once in the top of the first inning when Lia Alexandroce scored on a Katelyn Dulaney triple. They broke the game open in the second inning with five more runs to take a 6- 0 lead.
Elkton ( 2- 10 overall, 2- 8 division) earned one run back in
the second inning when Cierra Young produced a run-scoring single to drive in Hayle Grant, but Fallston ( 5- 6. 5- 4) responded with two more runs in the top of the third inning to make it 8- 1.
The score remained that way until the top of the sixth inning when the Cougars put up a threespot in the frame to extend their lead to 11- 1, moving within three outs from a six- inning victory.
The Elks’ bats woke up in the bottom of the sixth inning as they scored seven runs on eight hits to cut their deficit down to three runs, 11- 8, and extend the game to the final frame. The lateinning offensive outburst has become a pattern for Elkton this season.
“It’s a team that never gives up,” Sexton said of her offense. “Quite a few times this season we’ve been really close coming back, but we just wait too long.”
Fallston rebounded in the top of the seventh inning with five insurance runs to put the game out of reach as the Elks only managed a single baserunner in the bottom of the final frame.
Grant went 3-4 with a triple, two runs and an RBI, Gaby Arienzo added two hits and a run and Emily Waldridge went 1-3 with a run and a pair of RBIs for Elkton.
All nine batters scored at least one run for the Cougars, while seven different players scored twice.
Elkton starting pitcher Summer Simpson throws a pitch during her team’s 16-8 loss to visiting Fallston in Susquehanna Division softball action on Wednesday.