Despite a five-run deficit in the seventh inning of game one of the state tournament on Oct. 12, the varsity softball team nearly came all the way back before eventually falling to Union County. Junior Madison Hadley provided a valiant effort from inside the pitcher’s circle, going a whole seven innings while striking out six. Defense was the breaking point, however, as six errors cost the game. With everything on the line in the bottom of the seventh, freshman Anna Kate Howell took a timely, bases-loaded walk, scoring senior Marissa Goodman. Junior Sara Mazur hit into a fielder’s choice, making the game 7-4. Finally, freshman Kate Grice doubled in another run to bring the game to 7-5. That is where the score stayed, with junior Victoria Hadley flying out to end the game.
The Knights bounced back in game two of the playoff series, scoring a grand total of 21 runs. The game was highlighted by a two-run blast deep into the trees in left field by V. Hadley, scoring Grice. Junior Sophia Mador led her team in the pitcher’s circle, going a total of five innings while allowing six earned runs. Mazur led from the batter’s box with four hits, four RBIs and two runs scored. Howell also had a big day at the plate as she collected three hits, while pushing in two runs. Sophomore Elizabeth Jonas provided extra run support as well; she pushed in two runs on two hits. It took all hands on deck for the Knights to stay alive in the series, and they stepped up!
With the series still up in the air, Union County returned to Riverview on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Despite a valiant effort from the team’s pitchers, the Knights fell 5-1. Both Mador and M. Hadley returned to the pitcher’s circle and held Union County to four earned runs. Goodman provided the only offense for the Knights in the loss; her double helped score V. Hadley in the fourth inning. It was a valiant effort for the varsity softball team, nonetheless. Congratulations on a great season, Knights!