MANLIUS — The Princeton Tigresses rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat rival Bureau Valley 6-4 in Friday night softball action.
PHS coach Bob James said the Tigresses needed a win like this one after letting a 3-0 lead Thursday in the seventh inning against Orion slip away.
“Satisfied with the girls that they never quit, they came back and battled there at the end. Normally that’s what’s going against us. We lost eight in a row going into this so that’s a good character builder,” James said. “I challenged them on that (Thursday) night after our tough loss (against Orion) to have character and not quit, so I’m proud of them for that they were able to persevere through it. They didn’t get down on each other and they came through.”
Alisa Holmbeck drew a bases on ball and Abby Jaques was hit by pitch before Julia Bauer’s bloop single to right field loaded the bases. First baseman Courtney Oeder followed with a two-run single to tie the game at 4.
With two outs and the bases loaded, an infield single by left fielder Devin Truedson pushed second baseman Mollie Bates across the plate for the go-ahead run.
“We’ve been getting quite a few hits; we just haven’t been able to string them together in the same innings, and we’re leaving a lot of runners so it was key for them to be able to do that,” James said. “I think that it’s good that they’ve stayed positive through a bad stretch, and they had confidence in what they were doing and we’re able to come through.”
The Tigresses put one more run up on the board as center fielder Danielle Hughes walked with the bases loaded to give Princeton a two-run cushion and a 6-4 victory.
“We couldn’t quite get it closed out there at the end, but overall we’re pretty happy with the way we played. She’s a solid pitcher, and I thought we had some pretty good at-bats up and down the lineup. We had chances to put some more runs on the board but we didn’t get some timely hitting there but we played pretty well,” BV coach Brian Humphrey said.
The Storm coach will use this loss to prepare his team for a possible first round regional rematch against the Tigresses.
“We got a good rivalry with these guys. Players know each other well; coaches know each other well so it’s always fun to play them,” Humphrey said. “Good thing is we’re probably going to see them the first game of the regional (it) looks like and get another crack at them. So we’ll look forward to that.”
Princeton’s offensive attack was led by third baseman Madi Cain 2-3 with a double, single and a run scored while Bauer added an RBI on two-singles as she went 2-4.
The Storm were led by shortstop Darcy Kepner who was 2-2 with two singles, two walks and a run scored and pitcher Irini Petros who was 1-1 with a double, two walks, a hit-by-pitch and two runs scored.