Sailfish Drop Final Two to Florida Tech

Written By: Will Johansen, Graduate Assistant for Sports Information

Photo courtesy of Ron HilliardPhoto courtesy of Ron Hilliard

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After opening the series against Florida Tech (22-9) in dominating fashion Friday night, the Palm Beach Atlantic softball team (16-9) dropped games two and three Saturday to drop the series against the Panthers. One Sailfish standout on the day, Kayla Knight picked up six hits combined in both games

The Sailfish and Panthers were scoreless through two innings in the opening game, but the Panthers struck for three runs on four hits in the top of the third to jump out to a 3-0 lead.

Knight got the bottom of the third inning going for the Sailfish with a single to left field and advanced to second base on a miscue by the left fielder. Maddie Bertisch singled to the left side and took second base on a throwing error by the Panther shortstop that allowed Knight to score, putting the Sailfish on the board.

Ali French led off the bottom of the fourth blasting her first career home run to left field, bringing the Sailfish within one.

Leading by a run, the Panthers exploded for five runs on three hits to put them out in front 8-2. The Panthers added a run in the sixth and in the seventh to extend their lead to 10-2 heading to the bottom of the seventh.

French got the seventh inning started reaching via an error by the shortstop. Brianna Skipper singled through the right side, moving French to second base. Devin Williams followed Skipper with a single pf her own, and moved up to second base on a throwing error by the Panther’s pitcher, allowing French to score and Skipper to move to third. With two outs, Brianna Rano singled through the right side driving in Williams and Skipper, bringing the game to it’s final score of 10-5 in favor of the Panthers.

Game two was even more in favor of the Panthers than game one, as Florida Tech scored early and often, scoring runs in every inning of the ballgame except the third inning. The Panthers struck for 11 runs off 13 hits in the game.

The Sailfish scored their first of two runs of the game in the second inning. Victoria Boyer singled up the middle, and moved over to second on a Theresa Butler ground out. Boyer came in to score as Rano singled up the middle.

The ‘Fish scored their second and final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth when Victoria Gonzalez scored on a Williams double to left field.

Softball will be back in action Tuesday, March 15, as the ‘Fish host Columbus State for a double header, with game one scheduled for a first pitch at 5 p.m.

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