Sailfish Bats Come Alive in 8-2 Win over Georgia Southwestern
February 14, 2016
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic softball team (3-7), a team that had been struggling with the offense out of the gates in 2016, woke their bats up Sunday afternoon, as the Sailfish slugged a season-high 13 hits on the day. Senior Theresa Butler and junior Brianna Rano each picked up three hits, but Butler’s four RBIs on the afternoon set the tone for the Sailfish.
In rare tournament form, the Sailfish took the role of the visiting team at Simpson Field, but wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Devin Williams got things going in the first with a single to the right side. Following a stolen base and a Kayla Knight hit by pitch, Theresa Butler smashed the first pitch she saw over the Hurricane’s center fielder’s head, driving in Williams and Knight. Three pitches later, Rano picked up her first hit on the afternoon driving in Butler.
Following a Hurricane solo home run in the bottom of the second, Saturday’s hero Victoria Gonzalez led off the top of the third singling to left center, and following her was Butler again, who this time, crushed a 2-1 pitch over the left center field wall for her first home run of the year.
Trailing by four in the bottom of the third, the Hurricanes hit their second solo home run of the game to bring the score to 5-2.
In the top of the fifth, Butler got things going again for the Sailfish, picking up a bunt single. Rano on the very next pitch would single to right center to put two runners on with no outs. The following batter, Loren Kilgore, reached on an error to load the bases for pinch hitter Victoria Boyer. Boyer drove in Kilgore on a sacrifice fly to center field, pushing the Sailfish lead to 6-2. Freshman Lauren McInnes picked up career hit No. 1 on a double down the left field line that drove in Kilgore to give the Sailfish a 7-2 advantage.
The ‘Fish would score their eighth and final run of the ballgame in the top of the 7th when Maddie Bertisch would single home McInnes with a bunt base hit.
Amber Johnson (Win, 2-0) pitched five strong innings for the Sailfish, only allowing four Hurricane hits and two earned runs. The senior also struck out four on the afternoon.
Sophomore Jana Wagner closed out the game for the Sailfish, and after walking the first batter she faced, she retired the final six batters of the game.
The Sailfish look to keep things rolling Thursday afternoon, as they host Kentucky State for a doubleheader on Feb. 18, with the first game scheduled for a 2 p.m. start time.