Shelby Wood Delivers Walk Off Win In Series Opener With The No. 9 Lions
April 21, 2017
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Sailfish overcame a three-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday night to defeat the No. 9 Saint Leo Lions 6-5. The Sailfish won in walk-off fashion as senior Shelby Wood grooved a 3-2 pitch to left center to score Maddie Bertisch to win the game.
Trailing 5-2 as the ‘Fish started the bottom of the seventh, Brianna Skipper delivered a pinch-hit double to start the inning off. After Kayla Knight was hit by a pitch, Alexis Guerra perfectly placed a sacrifice bunt down to move the runners into scoring position. After an infield single from Magnolia West that scored the first run of the inning for PBA, Bertisch slapped a two-out double down the left field line tying the ballgame, scoring Knight and West. Wood then stepped to the plate and delivered a 3-2 single to left center that scored Bertisch to win it for the Sailfish.
The Lions and Sailfish matched each other with a run in the second inning to get the game going, before the ‘Fish took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third on a Wood squeeze bunt that scored West.
A two-out error for the Sailfish in the top of the sixth inning resulted in the Lions tying the game at two and eventually scoring a second unearned run in the inning to jump ahead 3-2. The Lions added two more runs in the top of the seventh to extend their lead to 5-2 before the Sailfish started their magical bottom of the seventh.
In the circle for the Sailfish, Ashton Adkins picked up her 17th win of the year advancing to 17-5 on the season. The junior struck out four, while not walking a single Lions batter.
Both West and Bertisch finished with three hits a piece on the night, as they combined for six of the nine Sailfish hits.
With the win, the Sailfish advance to 29-15 on the year with five regular season games to play. The Sailfish return tomorrow, Saturday afternoon for a doubleheader with the No. 9 Saint Leo Lions. Game one is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. first pitch.