Crazy Game Goes Sailfish Way as PBA Advances in Softball

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- In a win or go home situation, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team once again came away with a solid victory on Saturday afternoon with a 7-5 victory over Judson University in day three of softball action at the NCCAA Softball Championships.

Advancing to the championship game against Olivet Nazarene University, the Sailfish had to once again take care of business against Judson who gave the Fish their only other loss of the tournament in their opener on Thursday.

In what could certainly be considered a wacky game for both teams, the seventh-seeded Judson University Eagles committed an astounding eight errors in the game including five in the first two innings.

PBA head coach Kimmy Bloemers sent sophomore Heather Laird to the pitching circle once again and got another solid start from the Venice, Florida native. Laird tossed six innings while allowing four earned runs while striking out 10 batters. Sophomore Ashley Jones closed out the contest with a scoreless seventh inning to seal the victory against JU.

Things started out rocky for the Sailfish as Judson plated two first-inning runs and seemed to be falling back into form that saw them jump out to a 2-0 start in the tournament on Thursday. After PBA answered with a run of their own in the first, the Fish would take the lead for good with a two-run second inning.

After being held scoreless in the third inning, PBA plated three more big runs in the fourth to put the game in firm control and their sights set on the championship finale with Olivet.

Sophomore Chelsea Gravini continued her hot hitting in the tournament with a 2-for-4 showing including a triple and three RBI’s. Senior Casey Gibson also continued her torrid approach in the box with two more hits in four at-bats while scoring a run.

Freshman speedster Katie Medder also found her niche at the plate with a 2-for-2 showing including a stolen base and two runs scored.

The Eagles were led by the collective efforts of the middle of their order as Nicole Dimiceli continued to swing a hot stick with two hits in four at-bats with a run scored and a run batted in. Aimee Ewert took the loss for Judson with six innings pitched including allowing just two earned runs of the seven she was charged.

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