Gravini's Blast Helps Lift Sailfish Past Visiting Warner Southern Royals
March 29, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- For a hitter who wasn’t ever known for power before, PBA sophomore Chelsea Gravini is beginning to make a name for herself for just that: her power. It was Gravini’s third inning two-run homerun that made the difference on Saturday in the opener of a softball double-header between the Sailfish and Warner Southern College.
Blasting her third homerun of the season after never hitting an out-of-park homerun in her entire softball playing career before this year, Gravini and her teammates provided sophomore Ashley Jones with enough run support to take a 3-1 win in game one of the double-header.
Jones once again proved why she is considered one of the top hurlers in the region as she improved to 12-6 on the season by allowing only one run (unearned), and two hits while striking out seven batters.
With the Fish staked to a 2-0 lead after four innings, the Royals finally got on the board as WSC catcher Staci Fernandez delivered a leadoff single and came around to score on a botched pickoff attempt by the Sailfish defense.
The Fish would fire back in their half of the inning with a run of their own as Becca Bolinger singled, stole second-base, and then came in to score on a RBI single from Gravini.
That would be all she wrote for the Royals down the stretch as Jones continued to set the visiting lineup down in order the remainder of the game and helped lead the Sailfish to their 25th victory of the season.
Gravini finished the day 3-for-3 at the plate with all three runs batted in the for the blue and white.
Samantha Swofford took the loss in the circle for WSC while allowing six hits, three earned runs, and striking out three. She did not walk a batter.