Kilgore Leads the Charge as 'Fish Sweep Chestnut Hill in Doubleheader

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

Photo courtesy of Ron HilliardPhoto courtesy of Ron Hilliard

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic softball team (10-7) won their eight and ninth games in a row Tuesday night at Simpson Field, taking both games of the doubleheader over Chestnut Hill College in light fashion, taking game one 7-2 and game two 10-2. Sophomore Loren Kilgore had herself quite a night, as the leftfielder/catcher went a combined 4-6 from the plate, racking up five RBIs, and scoring a pair of runs herself in the doubleheader. Junior Kayla Knight was alo impressive from the plate on the evening, as the rightfielder also went a combined 4-6 from the dish and scoring six runs.

GAME ONE PBA 7, CHC 2

The ‘Fish wasted no time in the first game, jumping on the board in the bottom of the first. Maddie Bertisch got things started as she scorched a ball down the left field line that ricocheted off the third base bag into shallow right center field, allowing Bertisch to reach second on the double. Kilgore picked up her first base hit of the night as she doubled to centerfield driving in Bertisch. She scored later in the inning on a wild pitch to put the Sailfish out in front 2-0.

Kilgore picked up her second RBI of the night in the bottom of the third inning as she singled to right field, driving in Knight to put the Sailfish ahead 3-0.

Kilgore drove in her third RBI of the night in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly to center that brought in Knight. Following the sacrifice fly, the ‘Fish would string together three consecutive doubles to score another two runs, putting the Sailfish in front 6-0. The doubles came from Victoria Gonzalez, Karina Langer, and Brianna Skipper.

Rachel Hill (Win, 4-4) was stellar once again for the Sailfish. The senior did not allow a base hit through 4.2 innings, and only allowed the Griffins to score two earned runs in game one, both coming in the top of the sixth innings. The Lilburn, Ga. native went the distance, allowing just the two earned runs off of four hits, while striking out four batters.

Knight scored the final run of game one as the junior led off the bottom of the sixth with a triple, and scoring on a wild pitch to give the ‘Fish a 7-2 lead, the final score of the game.

GAME TWO PBA 10, CHC 2 (5 innings)

Game two eventually became a shorted affair due to the run-rule, but the Griffins jumped out in front to start the nightcap 1-0. The Sailfish tied things up rather quickly, as tonight’s hero Kilgore drove in yet another run with a single through the right side.

After the Griffins struck again in the top of the third to retake a 2-1 lead, the ‘Fish torched Chestnut Hill for five runs off of five hits in the bottom of the third to take a 6-2 lead.

Knight got the long inning started off with a single to center. After stealing second base, Knight advanced to third on a Bertisch bunt single, and Bertisch stole second base on the next pitch. With two ducks on the pond, a wild pitch scored Knight and moved Bertisch over to third. Kilgore walked and took second base on the sleeping defense of Chestnut Hill, drawing a throw that soared centerfield, allowing Bertisch to score and sending Kilgore to third. Gonzalez followed Kilgore’s lead walking on four consecutive pitches, and took second base on the Griffin’s defense. Theresa Butler followed with a single to shallow left, scoring Kilgore and moving Gonzalez to third. Brianna Rano capped off the explosive inning with a double to left centerfield that drove in Gonzalez and Butler, giving the Sailfish their 6-2 lead.

The ‘Fish added two more in the bottom of the fourth as Kilgore picked up her fifth RBI of the night driving in Bertisch. Kimmi McIntosh, who pinch-ran for Kilgore, scored on a Gonzalez single to centerfield, putting the ‘Fish up 8-2.

The Sailfish walked it off in run-rule fashion in the bottom of the fifth inning as Kilgore reached on a throwing error by the Griffin’s third baseman allowing Olivia Silver and Knight to score, ending the game 10-2.

Amber Johnson (Win, 4-0) pitched
three innings in relief, allowing no runs and only two hits while striking out a batter.

The Sailfish are back in action Friday, March 4, as they head down south to take on cross-county rivals Lynn University in game one of their three-game weekend series at 3 p.m. Games two and three of the series will take place on Saturday, March 4, with first pitch scheduled in Boca Raton for 1 p.m.

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