AMERICUS, Ga.- Palm Beach Atlantic softball wrapped up their 2017 Spring Break trip through The Peach State Thursday afternoon wit ha doubleheader sweep of Georgia Southwestern. It took late-inning heroics in both games for the Sailfish (15-10) to sweep the Lady Canes (12-12), as the ‘Fish took game one 3-2, and took game two 9-5 in extra innings.
With the sweep Thursday, the Sailfish end their Georgia trip 4-2 and set their sights on Florida Tech, as they head to Melbourne, Fla. on St. Patricks Day to take on the Panthers in a three-game weekend series. First pitch of game one Friday afternoon is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Game One: PBA 3, GSW 2
Trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh inning, Hannah Carlton drilled the first pitch of the inning she sees to center field for a leadoff double. After moving to third on a sacrifice bunt, Carlton came in to score on a passed ball, tying the ballgame at two. Back-to-back doubles from Magnolia West and Kayla Knight gave the Sailfish the 3-2 lead.
Maddie Bertisch got the inning going for the Sailfish as she drew a one-out walk in the top of the first inning. After stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error by the Lady Canes’ catcher, Bertisch came in to score on West’s RBI single to centerfield, giving the Sailfish a 1-0 lead.
The Sailfish lead would not hold on for long, as GSW quickly took a 2-1 lead just three batters of their own into the game. Junior Mikela Barlow launched a two-run home run to left center to put the Lady Canes back out in front.
Ashton Adkins (W, 10-2) went on and finished game one in the circle following the homer, and failed to allow any further GSW runs to score for the remainder of the opening game. the junior struck out three and walked only one batter on the afternoon.
Game Two: PBA 9, GS 5 (8 Inn)
All tied at five and heading into the top of the 8th inning, the Sailfish offense struck for four runs on four hits in the eighth inning, securing the 9-5 win.
The inning was started with Brianna Skipper being placed at second base due to the International Tiebreaker Rule. After a sacrifice bunt that moved Skipper to third, she came in to score on the first of four hits in the inning as Shelby Wood singled to left to break the tie. Three Sailfish singles later, the ‘Fish were out in front 8-5, and the final run of the inning came in on a Knight hit by pitch scoring Claudia Pizzarelli.
The Sailfish jumped out to an early 1-0 to start of the top of the first inning Pizzarelli led off the contest wit ha walk, and came around to score on a wild pitch.
The Blue and White extended their lead by scoring three runs on five hits in the second inning to put them out in front 4-0. Maddie Biggs singled to left to score Guerra to make it 2-0, and Pizzarelli singled up the middle to score Skipper. Biggs came in to score the final run of the inning as West singled her home.
The Lady Canes led off their half of the second with a solo homer to get them on the scoreboard 4-1, and they scored again in the bottom of the third to cut the lead in half.
In the top of the fourth, the Sailfish added one last run in regulation as West picked up her third RBI of the day as she doubled to left center bringing home Pizzarelli.
Trailing the ballgame 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Canes rallied for four two-out hits that scored three runs, tying the contest at 5.
Neither team scored in the sixth or seventh inning, and the Sailfish were the next to score as they tallied four runs in the eighth inning, with Jana Wagner retiring Georgia Southwestern in order in the bottom of the inning to finish the game.
Nikki Brinegar pitched six innings, allowing eight hits on the day while striking out three. Wagner (W, 2-3) pitched two scoreless innings in relief to get the win as the junior allowed only one hit and a walk in the eight batters she faced.