Sailfish Walk-Off Versus Flagler Then Dominate Goldey-Beacom to Close Out the Sailfish Showdown
February 23, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team wrapped up play at their own tournament on Sunday afternoon by defeating Flagler College in their opening game of the day before dominating Goldey-Beacom College in their final game of the Sailfish Showdown. Senior Mackenzie Johnson gave the ‘Fish a huge lift in the opener with a walk-off hit to help PBA earn a 9-8 win as they completed the tournament with a solid 4-1 record.
The Sailfish are now 10-1 to start the season which equals their best start since officially moving to the NCAA Division II ranks before the 2008 season.
Sophomore Aubree Murphy earned pitching victories in both contests while tossing her first complete game of the season in the second game of the day versus Goldey-Beacom.
Game One (PBA vs. Flagler College)
The day began at 11 am with the Sailfish set to host Flagler College for the first time this season. A tumultuous start for both teams starting pitchers would result in a long first inning and when the dust settled the ‘Fish had a 5-2 lead.
The biggest hit in the opening inning came on a bases-clearing triple by sophomore Lindsey Johnson as Palm Beach Atlantic looked to shake off a two-run first inning by the Saints.
Flagler (8-8) continued to pressure the ‘Fish with a single run in the second and fourth innings to cut into the PBA lead at 5-4.
After being held scoreless over the next two frames by FC reliever Tinsley Smith, PBA would get back on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs thanks to a RBI single from Jen Hunter and Theresa Butler scampering home to score on a passed ball by the Saints’ catcher.
Unfortunately for the Blue and White the Saints would have an answer as they plated two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings highlighted by RBI hits in each frame from shortstop Christen Moon as FC took an 8-7 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
PBA began their rally with a leadoff double from Lindsey Johnson followed by an RBI single from Camille Benito to tie the score at 8-8. Speedster Kimmi McIntosh would pinch-run for Benito that set the stage for Mackenzie Johnson who ripped a pitch well over the left-fielder’s head as McIntosh quickly sprinted around to home to earn the exciting 9-8 win.
All three PBA pitchers threw in the opener with Murphy (Win, 1-0) finding the most success as she retired all four batters she faced and also recorded a strikeout.
Lindsey Johnson finished 3-for-4 in the game with three runs batted in and two runs scored while Victoria Gonzalez also put together a multi-hit game with a 2-for-4 showing.
Moon finished 3-for-4 for the Saints while Lauren Bessent was 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
Game Two (PBA vs. Goldey-Beacom College)
The Sailfish rode the early good work of their lineup to back another solid outing from Murphy (Win, 2-0) in game two as the West Palm Beach native and former King’s Academy standout went the necessary five innings in the circle to earn the mercy-rule win.
Murphy struck out five batters and allowed only three hits to the Lightning (0-5) as she improved to 2-0 on the day and for the season.
PBA managed 12 runs through the first three innings including six in the second and four more runs in the fourth to put the game out of reach early.
Butler and Benito both came away with RBI singles in the first inning while Lindsey Johnson got back in the scoring act in the second frame with her second bases-clearing triple in as many games. Butler and Benito also registered RBI singles in the second inning as well.
The third inning resulted in a bases-loaded walk to Butler for another run while Lindsey Johnson chipped in a sacrifice fly RBI. Mackenzie Johnson and Kayla Knight also produced bases-loaded walks to score runs in the inning.
Pinch-hitter Brianna Parker delivered the final run of the day for the ‘Fish in the fifth inning with a sharp RBI single to left-field as PBA capped the game with a 13-0 score.
The Sailfish finished with 12 hits in the game while also drawing 10 walks. Butler was joined by Benito and Chelsie Hersey as each finished 2-for-2 while Stephanie Garrels led all players with three runs scored.
The Sailfish will hit the road next week as they will take on nationally-ranked Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. on Wednesday, Feb. 26th for a double-header at 5 pm.