Southwest softball trips up Wheaton, 7-5
The Southwest Lady Trojans capped off their busy week on Sept. 27 with a trip to conference softball rival Wheaton.
The two teams met a on Sept. 14 in the Seneca tournament with Wheaton winning a pitcher's duel, 2-0.
Tony Eagleburger's Lady Trojans avenged the earlier loss by defeating the Lady Bulldogs 7-5.
The Lady Trojans struggled early against Wheaton. They stranded runners in each of the first three innings and went down in order to end their half of the fourth.
Wheaton countered by building a 3-0 lead.
|"At times this season, we have struggled to find that big offensive inning, or that elusive timely hit," said Eagleburger.|
But in the top of the fifth, Southwest's offense erupted for one of those big offensive innings, scoring seven runs to take the lead.
Sydney Delossantos started the ball rolling with a single and stole second. Jessica Morgan bunted for a hit and Kayleigh Ennis drew a walk to load the bases for Holly Crow.
Crow singled to score Delossantos. Vanessa Glaze followed with a line drive to right to plate two more runs.
With runners on second and third, Eagleburger put on the suicide squeeze.
As Crow broke toward home on the Wheaton pitcher's delivery, Kenzie Harvey laid down a perfect bunt. Wheaton only had one option and that was to try and throw Harvey out at first. However, the combination of the great bunt and Harvey's hustle allowed her to beat the throw at first for a hit.
Macky McNabb followed by doubling in two more Lady Trojans.
Southwest concluded their offensive outburst in the fifth when Delossantos got her second hit of the inning to drive in McNabb, giving the Lady Trojans a 7-3 lead.
Wheaton struck back with a run in the bottom of the fifth.
Jera Prewitt led off the inning with a shot to left that was misplayed by the Southwest outfielder, allowing her to get to third.
Prewitt scored on another Southwest error, sandwiched between a great play by the Lady Trojans' shortstop Jessica Morgan.
Ennis then got a Wheaton hitter to strike out to end the inning and maintain a 7-4 lead.
Southwest loaded the bases with one out in their half of the sixth. Wheaton's Karlee Mason got a strike out and Vanessa Cook snagged a well-hit line drive to first to end the threat.
Wheaton chipped away at the Lady Trojan lead again by tallying another run in the bottom of the sixth, which was unearned due to the generosity of the Southwest defense.
Prewitt made Southwest pay by tripling with two outs to score Carmen Young.
Clinging to a 7-5 lead, the Lady Trojans were able to get the first two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Wheaton's Emily Killion singled to center, but the ball scooted under the Southwest outfielder's glove and allowed her to get to third.
Coach Eagleburger called time out and made a quick visit to the circle to chat with his senior pitcher.
"I was going to tell Ennis to go after the next batter hard, but before I could she asked me the right question," said Eagleburger. "She has played a lot of ball in her life.. She knew she needed to go after the next batter hard."
Wheaton's Shalea Tate hit a ball to center that Delossantos corralled to end the game and secure the Southwest victory.