L/P works through loser#039;s bracket
Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 22, 2003
To work its way out of the West Sub-Section 1A loser's bracket, the Lyle/Pacelli softball team had to survive a rematch Wednesday with a Goodhue team that had scored a total of 34 runs in its last two games. L/P wasn't the sharper team in the early going but got five runs in the third and survived another late rally to advance by the score of 5-3 at Todd Park.
Goodhue's Briana Gadient started the game off by drilling a triple into the left field corner. An L/P error brought made it 1-0 after only two batters. The Wildcats got another baserunner on a fielder's choice, but L/P starter Louise Mudra retired the last three batters to strand both runners.
L/P broke through with in the third thanks to some sloppy fielding by Goodhue. Carmen Buntje led off by reaching on an error by the first baseman. L/P then loaded the bases on consecutive bunt singles by Mudra and Kate Boisjolie, the second of which the Goodhue catcher mistakenly let sit in the batter's box because she thought it was a foul ball.
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Rebecca Mino followed that up with a grounder back to the pitcher that she threw wildly to first, allowing both Buntje and Mudra to score. A throwing error by the catcher allowed Boisjolie to come home as well. Farrell and Kelsey Sampson continued the onslaught with a couple of RBI-singles to make it a 5-1 game.
Gadient led off the seventh for Goodhue with a single and scored one out later on a base hit by Michelle Roschen. Consecutive two-out singles by Nikki Pearson and Marna Hadler made it 5-3, bringing back unpleasant memories for L/P of late-inning comebacks by Blooming Praire and Randolph in their last two sub-section games.
Mudra got the final out however, stranding the tying run at first and setting up a rematch with Blooming Prairie.
Gadient and Ohm; Mudra and Mino. WP--Mudra. LP--Gadient.