Sailfish Win Two, Complete Three-Game Sweep of Tritons

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

Photo courtesy of Ron HilliardPhoto courtesy of Ron Hilliard

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.-The Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish softball team picked up Saturday afternoon right where they left off Friday night. The ‘Fish beat Eckerd 5-4 in game one, and 6-1 in game two to sweep the three-game series with the Tritons. The ‘Fish have now won their last seven games, and now sit at 8-7 on the season.

Victoria Gonzalez finished the afternoon 4-6 from the plate with five RBIs, three of them coming in her three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth in game one.

GAME ONE: PBA 5 EC 4 (8 Innings)

The Tritons struck first in game one, scoring two runs off one hit and one error in the top half of the third inning.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Devin Williams got things going for the ‘Fish reaching on an error by the right fielder in shallow center field. Williams advanced to second base as Loren Kilgore reached via a second consecutive Tritons error. With two runners on and trailing by two runs, Victoria Gonzalez crushed a three-run home run over the left centerfield wall, giving the ‘Fish a 3-2 lead.

Eckerd regained the lead in their half of the fifth inning, scoring two runs courtesy of three hits. Emily Knox got the Tritons rally started with a bunt single, Carrie Shere followed her with a single to third base. Knox scored on Kayycie Duncan’s single to right field, tying the ballgame at three runs a piece. The Tritons took the lead as Rachael Luckett grounded out to second base, driving in Shere.

Victoria Boyer led off the bottom of the sixth inning singling to left field. After advancing to second base courtesy of a Theresa Butler sacrifice bunt, Kimmi McIntosh pinch ran for Boyer, and advanced to third as Ali French singled to shallow right field. A sacrifice fly to left field from Brianna Rano drove in McIntosh and tied the game up and four runs a piece.

It only took two batters to win it for the ‘Fish in the bottom of the 8th inning. Brianna Rano led off with an infield single, and later advanced to second base on a passed ball. Maddie Bertisch ripped a ground ball to third base, but a catching error by the Triton’s first baseman allowed Rano to come all the way in from second base, winning the first game of the day 5-4 for Palm Beach Atlantic.

Amber Johnson (Win, 3-0) pitched the final two innings for the Sailfish, only allowing one Tritons hit, while picking up three strikeouts.

GAME TWO: PBA 6 EC 1

After taking the first two games of the series and the ‘Fish eyeing the sweep, the blue and white jumped on the scoreboard early, with Maddie Bertisch scoring her seventh run of the season in the top of the first. Bertisch led off with an infield single back to the pitcher, and eventually scored as Victoria Gonzalez grounded into a fielder’s choice.

Rachel Hill (Win, 3-4) picked up where she left off Friday night, allowing only three hits and one earned run in the complete game win. Hill didn't allow a Triton baserunner until the fourth inning, and held onto a 1-0 lead until the fifth inning.

The Tritons tied things up in the top of the fifth as Janna Gaburo led off with a walk, and came around to score.

The ‘Fish opened the floodgates in the bottom of the sixth, putting up five runs on seven hits, giving the ‘Fish a 6-1 lead. Gonzo got the long inning going for the ‘Fish with a base hit up the middle, and advanced to second base on a Karina Langer sacrifice bunt. Theresa Butler followed with a single through the left side, driving in Gonzo to give the ‘Fish a 2-1 lead. After advancing to second base on a passed ball, Butler advanced to third on a base hit to shallow left field from Olivia Silver. Following a steal of second base from Silver, Victoria Boyer reached on an infield single, loading the bases for Brianna Rano. Rano would scorch the first pitch she saw up the middle driving in Butler and Silver, giving the ‘Fish a 4-1 lead. Maddie Bertisch reached on a bunt single to reload the bases, and Loren Kilgore singled up the middle driving in Boyer, extending the lead to 5-1. As the ‘Fish batted around, Gonzo walked to bring in Rano, giving the Sailfish a 6-1 lead, the eventual final score.

Hill returned to the circle with the commanding lead, and retired the side to complete with win and the sweep over the Tritons.

The ‘Fish return to action Tuesday, March 1 as they host Chestnut Hill College at Simpson Field for a doubleheader beginning at 5:00 p.m.

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