Sailfish Make Quick Work of Panthers in Series Opener

Written By: Will Johansen, Graduate Assistant for Sports Information

Photo courtesy of Ron HilliardPhoto courtesy of Ron Hilliard

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish softball team (16-7) scored early and often against the Florida Tech Panthers (21-9) in the series opener Friday night. The Sailfish offense struck for eight runs and scattered 12 hits in just four and a half innings of work.

The Sailfish offense wasted no time getting hot, as Kayla Knight led off the bottom of the first tripling to right center. Following a Maddie Bertisch infield single and an intentional walk to Victoria Gonzalez, Ali French worked a full count walk to get the ‘Fish on the board. Brianna Skipper followed French grounding into a fielder’s choice, but a Panther’s defensive miscue allowed Bertisch and Gonzalez to score. After Devin Williams was hit by a pitch, Theresa Butler grounded into a fielder’s choice that drove in French. Brianna Rano capped off the inning with a single through the right side that drove in Skipper, putting the Sailfish out in front 5-0 after one inning of play.

Bertisch sparked the Sailfish offense in the second inning with an infield single. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, Loren Kilgore crushed a 3-1 pitch off the center field wall for a double to put runners on second and third. Gonzalez followed with a single of her own, driving in Bertisch. French picked up a hit through the left side driving in her second run of the night, and Williams singled through the right side to score Gonzalez for the second time in as many innings, giving the Sailfish their eighth and final run of the night.

The ‘Fish picked up another four hits over their final two innings of offense, with Rano and Knight getting base hits in the third, and French and Williams with singles in the fourth.

In the circle for the Sailfish tonight, Rachel Hill (Win, 7-4) pitched three shutout innings while only allowing two hits. Jana Wagner pitched two no-hit innings of relief, allowing just one runner to reach via a walk. Both pitchers picked up a pair of strikeouts.

The ‘Fish and Panthers are due back to Simpson Field for a double-dip tomorrow, Saturday, March 12 with first pitch of game one scheduled for 1 p.m.

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