‘Fish Win Wild One Over Young Harris College to Open Up 2015 Campaign
February 6, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
CLEARWATER, Fla.- The Sailfish softball team kicked off their 2015 slate in wild fashion on Friday evening as they outslugged Young Harris (Ga.) College by a score of 8-7 in both team’s opening game of the Eckerd College Spring Invitational. Palm Beach Atlantic was forced to come from behind twice in the early innings then staved off a late YHC comeback to begin their season in the win column at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
Juniors Lindsey Johnson and Devin Williams combined for four hits, five runs scored and five runs batted in as the Sailfish offense was on display early and often against the previously undefeated Mountain Lions (3-1).
Newcomer Corrie Boggess (Win, 1-0) was the third and final pitcher on the day for the Sailfish as she allowed only one hit with no runs scored over the final 1.1 innings of the contest.
Things started off rocky for the Sailfish as Young Harris pushed across a run in the first inning followed by two more in the second frame.
After scoring one run in the first inning the Sailfish opted for a crooked number in the third as Johnson belted her first homerun of the season with her 3-run blast highlighting a four-run frame. Sophomore Kayla Knight began the inning with a one-out triple followed later in the inning by a Williams’ RBI single and then the long ball from Johnson to put PBA in front 5-3.
The Sailfish added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Williams ignited another rally with a leadoff single, moving into scoring position on an YHC error. After a walk to Johnson and both runners moving up on a wild pitch the two speedsters sprinted home on a two-out single from sophomore Shelby Wood for a 7-3 advantage.
Now armed with a more comfortable lead and three straight scoreless innings of relief by junior pitcher Rachel Hill the Sailfish would witness a Mountain Lions rally of their own as they tied the game 7-7 thanks to a four-run top of the sixth inning.
Hoping to avoid extra innings in the first game of a five-game tournament the Sailfish answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Johnson laced a go-ahead single that plated shortstop Karina Langer to forge ahead 8-7.
Needing a final shutdown inning with Boggess back in the circle the new PBA right-hander got the Mountain Lions on three straight groundouts to close out the game and the first victory of the season for the Sailfish.
Johnson finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI’s in her season debut while Williams made a solid first impression wearing the Blue and White as she finished a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of walks and three runs scored out of the No. 2-spot in the lineup.
Every PBA starter had at least one hit or reached base via walk in the game as the team connected for nine total hits.
PBA will be back to the diamond on Saturday as they will do battle with Shorter (Ga.) University at 11 am followed by a 1:30 pm showdown with Lindenwood (Mo.) University.