Pates get by Becahi
Freedom’s 12-1 softball victory over Bethlehem Catholic on Monday was the second time the Patriots played the Hawks this season and the second time the Patriots won.
For their part, Becahi had scoring opportunities throughout the game, but a strategic move by the Patriots in the top of the sixth inning seemed to be the beginning of the end for the Hawks.
Becahi outfielder Jaden Spigner led off the sixth and got hit by a pitch. Teighan Boyle’s sacrifice bunt moved Spigner to second base, and Shylynn Cordero turned her base hit into a double while Spigner went to third.
Becahi coach Rich Mazza put in Mackenzie Brandon to pinch hit, but after the first pitch, Freedom coach Michele Laubach called an intentional walk for the Patriots.
That loaded the bases with Addie Roche coming up to bat, which could have been dangerous for the Pates after Roche’s line drive base hit in the fifth inning. Fortunately for Freedom, Roche hit to pitcher Jen Slanovec for the out.
Things unraveled even more for Becahi in the bottom of the sixth when Freedom’s Natalie Stannard’s hit to left center caused a hard collision between Haley McMenimen and Spigner who both tried to catch the fly ball. It was ultimately dropped, but Stannard stayed on first base and two runs scored for a 7-1 Patriot lead.
Brenna Ortwein had led off the sixth inning with a base hit, followed by a walk to Taylor Resetar, and Hailey Snisky’s hit to the center field fence. Madison Piripavel had the same hit, and Slanovec had a hit that went over the head of Becahi pitcher Emma Bond.
After the outfield collision, Freedom went on to score enough runs to end the game in the sixth inning for the Hawks’ second defeat in the city rivalry with the Pates.
This Wednesday, Becahi will face its other city rival, Liberty, at Becahi.