Pates get by Becahi
After Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team tied Freedom, 2-2, in the top of the fourth inning, the Patriots scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth and held on for a 6-3 victory over the Hawks on Sunday at Freedom.
Gabby Glick had a single and stole second base, Corrin Gill walked, and Brenna Ortwein had a base hit that dropped inside the right field line.
“I knew she was pitching outside, and he was calling outside, so on the outside pitch, you have to go with it because we needed balls in play to score runs,” said Ortwein, whose RBI put the Patriots ahead, 3-2.
Then, Gill scored on a wild pitch.
“[Coach Nora Lorady] didn’t tell me to go, but I know my speed and that the ball was pretty far from her so I had a chance at scoring. She trusts us for the most part, so when we think we’ve got it, she’ll let us go,” Gill said.
Julia Roman’s two-run home run extended the Patriots’ lead, 6-2.
“The at bat before that, I hit one right into the fence, which I thought was over, but I was excited to see I got the same exact pitch, so I thought I’m not letting this one go. I’m hitting this one over, and it was over,” said Roman.
Becahi scored its third and final run in the top of the fifth when Tasha Miner singled to left field, Morgan Christine walked, Alexa Pannuccio bunted to load the bases, and Christine scored on a fielder’s choice.
The Hawks threatened more runs in the top of the sixth inning, loading the bases but failing to score.
“I knew my team was behind me and we had a few runs, so I was confident,” said winning pitcher Juliana Presto. “I just remembered my past successes and thrived on those because I know I can do it, and with all my practicing, I know I can get through it.”
The Patriots are now 11-3, having lost by one run to Stroudsburg on Saturday.
“Yesterday we got a taste of our own medicine against Stroudsburg, so I knew they would be mad and hungry and pumped to play, and I knew we could play better than we did last time [against Bethlehem Catholic],” said Coach Lorady. “We’re working all the time, so I’m proud of them. Nobody expected us to be 11-3. Now we’re going to fight for our division and see what happens.”