Softball - Girls Varsity
|Date:||April 24, 2013|
|Score:||3 - 2|
It was a pitchers' duel on Wednesday in Berkshire’s home game against Millbrook, and Caitlin Kiene ’13 and her Bears came out on top in an intense nail biter of a game. Kiene pitched a solid seven difficult innings against some strong Millbrook hitters, and was supported all day by strong play from Francesca Ghi ’14 both behind the plate and offensively (2-2 with 2 walks).
The Millbrook hitters proved to be a force from the start, loading the bases with their 1-2-3 hitters in the top of the first. But Kiene remained poised, as she continued to do all day, and pitched for three outs in the next three batters to strand all three Millbrook runners on base. She was helped by impressive catches from outfielders Lauren Henman ’14 and Alli Sugar ’16. The Bears answered back in the bottom of the first with well executed softball. Annie Love ’16 laid down a perfect bunt to move Krissy Govertsen ’15 (who got on base with a walk) over to second, and then Ghi knocked in Govertsen with a hard line drive to the outfield.
The score would remain at 1-0 Berkshire until the last inning, due to impressive pitching from the Millbrook side, as well as strong defensive play from Berkshire. Kiene continued to be steadfast on the mound, and Govertsen and Love, at short and second respectively, both made multiple outs for the Bears including a leaping grab by Govertsen to rob Millbrook of a hit.
The start of the seventh looked promising for Berkshire defensively with two outs and no one on with a 1-0 lead, but Millbrook was not done yet, and was able to plate two runners to put them ahead by one going into the bottom of the inning. Just like last game, Berkshire was going to have to come up big under pressure, and just like last game, they did just that. Haleigh Sullivan ’15 and Ivey Mueller ’16 both singled to put runners on and then Govertsen doubled to knock in Sullivan and tie the score at two. With two outs and the winning run at third, it was Ghi’s turn to show her poise, and that is what she did—hitting another hard line drive to the outfield to score the winning run and end the game at 3-2 Berkshire.
The Bears have a week off before their next game, another big one at Westminster next Wednesday.