Gonzo Walks it Off for the Sailfish, 'Fish Defeat Washburn 3-2
February 13, 2016
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic softball team (2-7) snapped their losing streak Saturday afternoon courtesy of Victoria Gonzalez’ walk off double that scored Kayla Knight in the bottom of the seventh against Washburn University in the second day of the 2016 Sailfish Showdown.
The Sailfish got their afternoon started in the bottom of the first when leadoff batter Maddie Bertisch singled to shortstop, and picked up her second stolen base of the year on the very next pitch, swiping second and getting herself into scoring position. Devin Williams moved Bertisch over to third with a groundout to the second baseman, and Kayla Knight drove her in, singling through the left side.
The blue and white added their second run of the ballgame in the bottom of the fifth in almost the exact same fashion. Bertisch singled to the third baseman, advanced to second on a fielders choice, and scored on a Knight single to right field.
The 2-0 lead would hold until the top of the seventh as Rachel Hill dominated the Ichibads over the first six innings, only allowing three runners to reach base. Hill picked up eight strikeouts on the afternoon as the senior went six and two-thirds innings pitched.
Hill ran into some trouble in the top of the seventh though, as Washburn plated two runners when Ashley Ruder was able to poke one through the right side, tying the game up.
Amber Johnson (Win, 1-0) came in to shut the door in the top of the seventh, retiring the only batter she faced, stranding two Ichabods on base.
The bottom of the seventh got started for the Sailfish as Devin Williams scorched a double to left field. The senior would advance to third the next better when Kayla Knight put a ball in play a little too difficult for Ichabod’s pitcher Ashley Wills to handle, allowing Knight to reach on the error. Ali French grounded into a fielders choice when grounded the ball to Washburn’s Taylor Zimmerman, who came up firing to the plate, and Lacie Myers applied a tag on the acrobatic Williams at the plate. With two outs, and a 2-2 count, “Gonzo” Victoria Gonzalez crushed the one she liked that one-hopped the wall allowing Kayla Knight to score, sending the Simpson Field crowd into a frenzy, and sent home the Sailfish winners on Saturday afternoon.
The Sailfish have a quick turnaround as they are back in action Sunday, Feb. 14 as they close out the Sailfish Showdown in a Valentines Day matchup against Georgia Southwestern Univeristy at 11 a.m. at Simpson Field.