Greyhound softball rallied down one in the bottom of the seventh inning to avoid a major upset against the Boiling Springs Bubblers Monday at home, 5-4.
The Bubblers (2-2) plated a run in the top half of the seventh to take a 4-3 advantage, and with their backs against the wall and just three outs remaining the Greyhounds (3-0) managed to get it done.
Shippensburg manage to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh with nobody out. Pinch runner Haley Bruck scored the tying run on a passed ball and Bailey Bauserman plated the winning run on a bases loaded walk to catcher Jessica Lindsay.
"Boiling Springs played very well tonight. In fact, they outplayed us overall, but the girls got out of a big jam in the top of the seventh, which gave us a chance in the bottom half,” noted Ship softball coach Mike Peters. “No one likes to win a game having a run walked in. We learned some lessons tonight and hats off to the Bubblers on a great game."
Neither team led by more than a single run at any point during the back-and-for affair.
The Bubblers got on the board in the top of the first, only for Ship starter Emily Wenner to double home Zullinger in home half to tie the score.
Ship took a temporary 2-1 lead in the second on an RBI single by shortstop Gracie Johnson before allowing single runs in the third and the fifth.
The Hounds once again knotted the score – this time at 3-3 – on a fifth inning RBI single from Haleigh Highlands.
The Bubblers had a golden opportunity to break the game open in the seventh. The first four batters reached base against Wenner, loading the bases with a run already across and still nobody out. But Wenner managed to limit the damage, getting the next three batters on a strikeout, a comebacker, and a pop-out to first to strand all three baserunners.
The Hounds used a patient approach to earn the come from behind victory. Highlands led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk and Bauserman reached on an error. Second baseman Zoe Holtry then walked to load the bases and Lindsay walked in the go-ahead run.
Wenner, despite the win, was not her usual lights-out self. She scattered 12 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs over 7 frames. Boiling Spring starter Cora Fries allowed 5 runs (2 earned) on 9 hits and 6 walks in a losing effort.
Zullinger (2-for-4, 2 R), Wenner (2-for-3, RBI), Highlands (2-for-3, RBI), and Johnson (2-for-3, RBI) each had multi-hit games for Shippensburg.
Maddie Darchicourt and Lexi Loudon collected 3-hits apiece for Boiling Springs.
The Greyhounds return to action Tuesday, April 9 with a road date against division rivals Greencastle (2-0). First pitch is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.