Hill, Johnson, and Bertisch Lead The Way As Sailfish Sweep Albany State

Written By: Will Johansen, Graduate Assistant for Sports Information

Photo courtesy of Ron HilliardPhoto courtesy of Ron Hilliard

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic softball team picked up a pair of wins Monday night over south region opponent Albany State. The Sailfish rode to victory on the backs of senior pitchers Rachel Hill and Amber Johnson. Freshman Maddie Bertisch led the way at the dish, picking up six hits in seven at bats, and scoring a pair of runs on the day. The Sailfish scattered 22 hits on the evening, scoring eight runs. With the two wins, the ‘Fish advance to 19-12 on the season.

Game One: PBA 3, Albany State 0
The ‘Fish jumped out to an early lead in game one as Bertisch picked up her first hit of the night in the first inning, and later came in to score on a Loren Kilgore RBI single.

The Sailfish held on to a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Sailfish added two more runs thanks to doubles from Victoria Gonzalez and Theresa Butler, as well as a passed ball.

Bertisch finished 3-4 in game one, and Victoria Boyer also had multiple hits in the opener, going 2-3.

In the circle, Hill (Win, 8-6) tossed a complete game shutout, allowing just four Golden Rams to reach base. The senior faced 25 batters, forcing 10 to fly out, retired three via the ground ball, and struck out eight. Monday night was the second time this year Hill has struck out eight, as the senior struck out eight back on February 13 against Washburn, but Hill’s eight is three shy of her personal best, when she struck out 11 against Kentucky State on February 18.

Game Two: PBA 5, Albany State 2
The Sailfish picked up in the second game right where they left off in game number one, scoring a run in each of the first three innings, before scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-0 lead.

Bertisch scored her second run of the night in the first inning of game two as she came in on a Butler walk. Boyer scored in the second inning on a first-and-third double steal, and Lauren McInnes, pinch running for Ali French, came in to score on a Kilgore sacrifice fly.

In the fifth, the ‘Fish added to their lead on a Knight single that scored Brianna Rano, and another Bertisch single that plated Knight.

Bertisch finished a perfect 3-3 in game two, with Knight, French, and Gonzalez each picking up a pair of hits in the game as well.

Johnson (Win, 8-0) cruised though most of game two without any hassle. The senior picked up a complete game win and did not allow a hit until the third inning, while not allowing a run until the sixth inning. The combined scoreless night ended on one swing, when Albany State junior Malea Maye crushed a line drive over the left field wall, picking up her seventh home run of the season. The following batter, freshman Toni Coleman followed where Maye left off, and also hit her seventh home run of the season, driving a pitch to straightaway center field.

Other than the two blemishes, Johnson finished with a complete game win, and adding a strike out. The senior faced 29 batters, forced 11 to fly out and eight to ground out.

The Sailfish return to action Thursday, March 24 in Lakeland, Fla. as the ‘Fish take on Florida Southern for a three-game series. Games two and three will take place Friday the 25th. Game one will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday, with first pitch scheduled for Friday’s doubleheader set for 11 a.m.

The ‘Fish return to Simpson Field for a three game weekend series with the University of Tampa April 1st and 2nd, with a start time of 6 p.m. for that Friday contest.

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