Bats Come Alive Late as 'Fish Avoid Sweep

Written By: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

Photo courtesy of Ron HilliardPhoto courtesy of Ron Hilliard

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After being shutout in the series opener Monday night, the ‘Fish split the doubleheader with Rollins College to avoid being swept by the Tars. Palm Beach Atlantic (25-15) fell in the middle game of the series 4-2 before winning the series finale 4-0.

The dropped series is third series loss for the Sailfish on the season, as PBA has won four of their seven three-game sets with Sunshine State Conference opponents.

The ‘Fish will be back in action for a three-game set this weekend, as the ‘Fish head down to Ft. Lauderdale to take on Nova Southeastern in the opener Friday night and a doubleheader Saturday afternoon. Friday night is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start, and Saturday is slated for a 1 p.m. start.

Game One: Rollins 4, PBA 2
The Tars picked up right where they left off in game two of the series, scoring a quick two runs in the bottom of the first inning on three hits. Rollins also scored a run in the bottom of the third and fourth innings, jumping out to a 4-0 lead.

The Sailfish were three outs away from being shutout for the second consecutive game until Brianna Rano got the inning going with a leadoff bunt single. Kayla Knight slapped a 1-0 pitch to left field bringing in Rano to end the Sailfish scoreless streak, and Knight later came in to score herself to give the ‘Fish their two runs on the game.

Despite only scoring two runs, the ‘Fish put together nine hits in the middle game. Knight, Devin Williams, and Brianna Rano each finished with a pair of hits.

For the Tars, Niki Fogle picked up her second consecutive complete-game win, allowing only the two runs and striking out four.

Game Two: PBA 4, Rollins 0
Amber Johnson (W, 10-1) was stellar in the circle for the Sailfish in the finale, as the senior pitched a complete-game shut out, allowing just three hits while picking up two strike outs.

Equally as impressive for most of the game, Rollins’ pitcher Grace Street. The freshman (Loss, 9-1) pitched 6.1 innings of work, allowing only two hits. Street kept the Sailfish hitless through six innings of work before PBA woke their bats up in the seventh.

Ali French sparked the rally leading off the top of the seventh doubling to right field on the first pitch of the inning. Loren Kilgore later singled to right field driving in pinch-runner Lauren McInness and Victoria Gonzalez to give the Sailfish a 2-0 lead. Brianna Skipper doubled in a run to extend the lead, and the ‘Fish picked up their final run of the ball game as Williams scored on a wild pitch to bring the game to it’s final score of 4-0.

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