Six Run Sixth Inning Lifts PBA Past Eagles
March 24, 2017
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
Dayton Beach, Fla.- It took Palm Beach Atlantic until the top of the sixth inning to finally jump on the scoreboard in Friday night’s win over Embry-Riddle, but they scored six runs in the inning to overcome the 4-0 deficit they were trailing to win 6-4.
The Sailfish (17-12) were outhit by the Eagles (18-16) 10-8 Friday night, but the ‘Fish put five of their hits together in one inning to put six runs on the scoreboard.
Magnolia West kept her 12-game hitting streak alive as she led off the top of the sixth inning with a single to left field. Following a 13-pitch walk to Kayla Knight, Michaela Hynes singled to center to load the bases.
Shelby Wood delivered the first RBI on the day for the ‘Fish as she singled through the left side scoring West. Maddie Biggs followed with the big blow of the inning, a double to left field that drove in Knight and Hannah Carlton to bring the Sailfish back within one run.
Maddie Bertisch tied the game at four with an infield single that drove in Wood. After a wild pitch that scored Biggs, Loren Kilgore singled just out of the reach of the Eagles shortstop, putting the Blue and White on top 6-4.
The Eagles jumped out to their early 1-0 lead in their half of the second inning, as Gabriella Obia singled to right center with the bases loaded. The inning could have possibly gotten worse, but the Eagles ran themselves out the inning.
Embry-Riddle added their next three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as Destiny Carroll drew a two-out, bases loaded walk to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. The following batter, Maggie Scott delivered a bases-loaded ground rule double to put Embry-Riddle up 4-0 before Ashton Adkins was able to get out of the jam.
Outside of the second and fourth innings, Adkins (W, 11-4) pitched well against the Eagles Friday night. She opened the game with a perfect first inning, only allowed one hit in the bottom of the third, and then the junior went and pitched a perfect fifth and sixth innings. The Hawthrone, Fla. native made quick work of the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh before they loaded bases, only for the next batter to line out third base ending the ball game.
Adkins struck out a pair while only walking one batter during her seven innings of work.
The Sailfish and Eagles have a quick turnaround as they face each other tomorrow, March 25 in a doubleheader that starts at 1 p.m.