Sailfish Open Season Falling In Heartbreaking Fashion

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

Photo courtesy of Ron HilliardPhoto courtesy of Ron Hilliard

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MELBOURNE, Fla.- Palm Beach Atlantic softball opened their 2017 season in heartbreaking fashion Friday afternoon, as Angelo State scored two runs with two outs in the bottom of the 7th inning to beat the ‘Fish 3-2.

The Sailfish struck first Friday afternoon, scoring two runs in the top of the first. After reaching first base courtesy of an error by the catcher, Claudia Pizzarelli came in to score the first run of 2017 as Magnolia West scorched a triple in her first career at-bat. Loren Kilgore singled to right field in the following at-bat to drive in West, and give the ‘Fish a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

Ashton Adkins shined her in Sailfish debut, striking out five Rambelles’ over five innings of work. Adkins held Angelo State without a hit over the first three, and only allowed one earned run.

Nikki Brinegar (L, 0-1) struck out the side in her first inning of relief but ran into some trouble in the seventh. With the Sailfish leading 2-1 heading to the bottom of the seventh, Angelo State saw their first three batters of the seventh inning reach base and immediately threaten. Brinegar bounced back retiring the next two before a wild pitch allowed the Rambelles to tie the game at two. With two runners on and two outs with the game tied at two, Angelo State’s Bailey Wallace singled to the shortstop allowing Danae Bina to score to win the game 3-2.

While West and Kilgore picked up the only two runs batted in for the Sailfish Friday afternoon, junior transfer Michaela Hynes finished the afternoon as the only Sailfish with two hits in the game.

The Sailfish have to shake off the loss and recover quickly as they play two tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 4 in Day 2 of the Florida Tech Marriott First Pitch Classic. The ‘Fish open their day at 11:30 a.m. against No. 3 Armstrong State, and play their second game of the afternoon at 4:30 p.m. as they take on host Florida Institute of Technology.

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