Sailfish and Knights Go to Extras Twice as PBA Earns Their 20th Win of the Season
March 19, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
BOCA RATON, Fla.- A crazy afternoon of softball on Wednesday saw the Palm Beach Atlantic softball team earn a hard-fought 3-2 win over Lynn University that took nine innings to complete in the opener. The teams followed that up by going into the 11th inning of game two tied 10-10 before darkness forced the game to be suspended. The two Palm Beach County rivals will resume game two as part of their regularly scheduled double-header in Palm Beach Gardens on April 9th.
After pitching was at a premium in the opener the two teams combined for 20 runs in the second contest with neither team able to break through for more than one run in the extra inning frames. The teams utilized international tie-breaker rules in both games as the final batter out in the previous inning starts the extra frame on second-base.
The game one win improves the Sailfish to 20-5 on the season while standing at No. 24 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) top-25 poll.
Sophomore Amber Johnson (Win, 11-3) went the full nine innings in game one for the ‘Fish as she squared off against LU’s Kasey Murray (Loss, 7-9).
The two teams would each go scoreless through the first seven innings as Johnson and Murray each worked in and out of trouble throughout the day.
The Sailfish struck first as the visitors in the top of the eighth as Jen Hunter came in to score on a fielder’s choice while LU tied the score in the bottom of the inning on a PBA error.
Palm Beach Atlantic then came away with two runs in the top of the ninth inning as senior Mackenzie Johnson ripped a RBI single down the line to score Kayla Knight while pinch-runner Brianna Rano came in to score later in the frame on a Hunter RBI single.
Although the Knights would get one back in the bottom of the inning to cut the PBA lead to 3-2, Amber Johnson would retire the final batter on a fly out to centerfield to seal the team’s 20th win of the campaign.
After a bit of a rough start Amber Johnson was superb in the circle for the ‘Fish as she scattered eight hits with no earned runs allowed while walking four and striking out four batters.
Junior Stephanie Garrels registered four of the team’s seven hits out of the No. 2-spot in the batting order. Hunter finished with two hits as well.
With the statistics of game two not yet official the score was 6-1 early in favor of the Knights before the Sailfish bats began to rally.
With each passing inning the teams would simply match each other run-for-run in the extra frames before darkness became too much of an issue at the Lynn Softball Stadium.
The game will be resumed ahead of the PBA vs. Lynn double-header scheduled for Wednesday, April 9th at the Lake Catherine Complex in Palm Beach Gardens. An official start time of that game will be announced at a later date.