Boggess and Hill Lead PBA to Split With Their Arms and Bats
March 1, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
BOCA RATON, Fla.- The right-handed pitching duo of Corrie Boggess and Rachel Hill proved effective in both the circle and the batter’s box on Sunday afternoon as the Palm Beach Atlantic softball team came away with a split against Lynn University by the scores of 2-1 and 5-2.
Both hurlers tossed complete game efforts for the Sailfish (10-10) while also helping their cause with a total of six hits between the two pitchers turned hitters.
Game two would end in spectacular fashion for the ‘Fish as a line drive found its way into the out-stretched glove of second-baseman Theresa Butler who then alertly started a game-ending triple play and kept the ‘Fish in the win column.
Sunday turned out to be the second chapter of the double-header with both teams beginning play Saturday afternoon before heavy rain forced the postponement of the matchup until Sunday.
The Knights proved to be the benefactor of some slippery conditions on Saturday as they pushed across a run against Boggess after a walk and a pair of hit-by-pitches sandwiched around a RBI single.
When play resumed on Sunday Boggess and the Sailfish were forced into a tough predicament with the bases loaded and just one out. Things quickly turned in favor of PBA however when Boggess was able to induce a groundball double play to end the threat.
Palm Beach Atlantic would tie the score at 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning courtesy of a leadoff single to Boggess, a sacrifice bunt, wild pitch and a sacrifice fly from Kayla Knight.
The Knights came right back however and in the bottom of the inning and pushed ahead thanks to a two-out RBI double from center-fielder Kaci Vassallo.
Lynn starter Missy Montgomery (Win, 5-1) would work in and out of trouble all afternoon but her changing of speeds kept the ‘Fish off balance just enough as she escaped with a 2-1 win.
Boggess (Loss, 4-4) took the loss as she allowed four hits and two runs with a pair of walks and three strikeouts. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate with Wood and Lindsey Johnson accounting for the team’s other two hits.
The second game of the double-header saw the PBA bats come out cold but quickly heat up as they rattled off single runs in the second and third innings to take a 2-1 lead.
Victoria Gonzalez walked and eventually came around to score in the second inning thanks to a RBI groundout from Boggess while a leadoff triple by Hill in the third saw her score on an attempted double-steal that left everybody safe on the base paths for the ‘Fish.
PBA added on two more runs in the fifth inning courtesy of back-to-back RBI singles from Devin Williams and Wood. They would add a final insurance run in the sixth when Butler ripped a pitch through the left-side for a two-out run-scoring single.
Hill (Win, 3-0) overcame a first inning run scored by LU to shut down the Fighting Knights until the seventh as she produced her first complete game of the season. She tallied a season-best seven strikeouts while scattering eight hits and two earned runs.
Williams and Hill each produced a pair of hits as the Sailfish registered nine hits as a team.
The Sailfish will take on Nova Southeastern University in their next double-header on Wednesday, March 4th as they will host the Sharks at Simpson Field beginning at 5 pm.