PBA Closes Out Rebel Spring Games in Impressive Fashion

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Box Score

KISSIMMEE, Fla.- After splitting their first four games of the Rebel Spring Games tournament at 2-2, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team rounded out their tournament play with three consecutive victories including a well-deserved 8-3 victory over Lewis University in the tournament finale.

Entering the contest with a 7-1 tournament record, Lewis University, out of Chicago, Illinois, appeared poised to end the Sailfish recent win streak. With a victory meaning PBA had reached the coveted .500 mark (winning percentage), the Sailfish had an important and reachable goal in mind.

The Fish didn’t wait long to give first-year pitcher Heather Laird (Venice, Fla.) some early run support as PBA opened up a 1-0 lead with a first inning score.

A leadoff walk to right-fielder Rebecca Bolinger (Upland, Ind.) got the game started in the right direction for PBA as second-place hitter Dani Perrotti (Orlando, Fla.) would execute a perfect sacrifice bunt and move Bolinger up 60 feet. Left-fielder Chelsea Gravini (Orlando, Fla.) would be the next batter to step in for the Fish and she promptly connected on a run-scoring triple down the right-field line that sent Bolinger easy around for the game’s first run.

After Lewis pushed a run across in the top of the third inning, PBA would quickly respond with three of their own runs in their half of the third inning. All three runs came on the same swing as freshman Meaghan Ireland (Calloway, N.J.) smoked a triple past the LU third-baseman and into the corner scoring all three PBA base-runners and giving Laird another cushion.

Not content with four runs, PBA added another pair the next inning when Perrotti delivered an RBI single and freshman shortstop Caitlin Bouschet (Lake Worth) earned a bases-load walk.

Laird went the distance for PBA in the tournament finale, limiting the heavy-hitting Lewis University attack to only six hits and three earned runs while chipping in five strikeouts.

Ireland paced the Sailfish offensive attack with two hits and four runs batted in while center-fielder Casey Gibson (Cape Coral, Fla.) also added in a pair of hits and scored two runs.

Now 15-15 on the season, PBA will take the remainder of the week away from softball action as the players will be on Spring Break for the remainder of the week. The Fish get back to local action on Wednesday, March 12th when they host Palm Beach County-rival Lynn University at 4 pm at Howard Park. PBA is 1-1 against Lynn University this season.

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