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.

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