Sailfish Split Doubleheader, Take Series From No. 9 Saint Leo

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Seniors were honored, records were broken, and milestones were reached in Saturday’s doubleheader split between Palm Beach Atlantic (30-16) and No. 9 Saint Leo (35-12).

The Sailfish came into Saturday with momentum from their comeback walk-off win Friday night, and used it to their advantage winning the opener Saturday 3-2. An unfortunately rough first inning in the finale allowed the Lions to jump out to a huge lead, as they held on to salvage a game from the series, winning 7-3.

In her first at-bat of the day, senior Kayla Knight slapped an infield hit to the Lions shortstop, beating out the throw for career hit No. 200. With the milestone reached, Knight is now just the second Sailfish in program history to reach the 200 hit plateau. Knight finished the day with two hits, putting her at 201 for her career, and she is currently behind Mari Strokes, who finished with 209 in her career.

Freshman Magnolia West broke the PBA single season record for hits Saturday afternoon, as the Carmichael, Calif. native went 4-for-5 on the day, and it was hit number three on the day, an RBI double to left center that was hit No. 72, breaking the record set by Vanessa Cacchioli with 71 hits back in 2004. West now has 73 on the year.

Another personal milestone reached today came off the bat of sophomore Maddie Bertisch, as she finished 2-4 on the day, and in doing so, picked up her career hit No. 100. The century mark came in the bottom of the first inning in the finale as she placed her hit into left field.

The Sailfish play one more three-game series to end the regular season, as they head down to Miami Shores on Friday, April 28 for the series opener beginning at 6:00 p.m. and they will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Game One: PBA 3, SLU 2
Pitchers Nikki Brinegar (W, 9-5) and Alison Mitts (L, 9-4) found themselves in a pitchers duel in the opener Saturday afternoon, as neither team cracked the scoreboard for a run until PBA put two up in the bottom of the fourth inning.

After falling behind 0-2 in the count with two runners in scoring position and two outs, freshman Hannah Carlton worked the count full, before launching a double over the head of the Lions left fielder to score Bertisch and Shelby Wood, giving the Sailfish a 2-0 lead.

West picked up a two-out hit in the bottom of the fifth inning, doubling to left center. She came around to score an insurance run for the Sailfish as Michaela Hynes singled down the right field line to put the ‘Fish out in front 3-0.

Saint Leo capitalized on two hits and a Sailfish error to get on the ‘board in the top of the 6th, and repeated themselves in the top of the seventh, scoring a run on two hits and a ‘Fish error. The ‘Fish got out of the seventh, stranding two Lion runners on base to win the game 3-2, and officially take the series from No. 9 Saint Leo

Game Two: PBS 3, SLU 7
The Lions torched the Sailfish pitching in the top of the first as they scored six runs on seven singles in the inning, while stranding the bases loaded.

The Sailfish were not giving up so easily, as they scored two in the bottom of the first, bringing them back within four. Knight got the inning started being hit by a pitch and scoring on West’s record-breaking double. West later came in to score on an infield groundout.

Ashton Adkins (L, 17-6) recovered after the wild first inning, shutting out the Lions offense for the next four innings.

The ‘Fish got one more run back in the bottom of the fifth as Claudia Pizzarelli scored on a fielders choice, cutting their deficit in half. The Lions, however, would respond with a run of their own in the top of the sixth inning, and the Sailfish offense was retired in order in the sixth and seventh innings, ending the game 7-3 in favor of the Lions.

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