Jeeps top Rangers in high-scoring affairMay 18, 2021
By JIMMY LAFAKIS
BRETZVILLE — Sometimes, a string of successful at-bats can make a critical difference. Northeast Dubois (14-6) leapt out of the gates during Tuesday evening’s 19-10 contest against Forest Park (5-17). The Jeeps batted around during an eight-run first frame.
“When we do that, it changes the game,” Northeast Dubois head coach Dion Terwiske said. “It changes the whole tempo of everything. We preach that all the time. ‘Get up there, swing at strikes and put something on the board early.’ When you get a crooked number like that, it sets the tone.”
Jeeps senior Becca Brosmer ripped a three-run home run over the right-field fence in the top of the first. Although Brosmer did not believe it was a home run off her bat, the big knock ignited the Jeeps during their initial rally.
“I just got way under it,” Brosmer said with a chuckle. “I guess it was enough.”
Forest Park chipped away in the first two frames. The Rangers eventually cut the deficit to 10-5, but the Jeeps tallied another eight-run inning in the top of the sixth.
“We’re still after them to be aggressive early in the count,” Terwiske said. “Getting after strikes and not getting behind in the count — whenever we do that, we’re a pretty potent offense. If we lay back, get a little bit lackadaisical and let a couple of strikes get on us, we’re not as good of hitters.”
Unwilling to back down, the Rangers notched five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Northeast Dubois did not allow any more runs in the seventh inning. The teams combined for 25 hits in the game.
Brosmer led the Jeeps with a 3-for-4 performance at the dish. She knocked in a game-high four runs and also led all hitters with six total bases.
“Every pitch, I focus on what I need to focus on,” Brosmer said. “I try to hit the ball better than I did the last time.”
Northeast Dubois freshman Landy Rasche earned the win and struck out four batters in 6.2 innings of work. Forest Park head coach Kelly Schroering praised Rangers freshman pitcher Avery Riley, who threw 4.1 innings of relief.
“There are things we’re doing right,” Schroering said. “We want to turn those others around. Unfortunately, our sectional doesn’t leave us any room to make mistakes. If we make mistakes with how tough our sectional is, it’s going to be hard to overcome that.”
Both teams will resume play on Thursday. Forest Park hosts Pocket Athletic Conference foe Princeton.
“We’ll keep battling and keep doing what we can,” Schroering said. “They have to erase this game in some ways and just say, ‘Hey, let’s come out and start anew against Princeton.’ We’ll try to end the regular season with a victory and head into the sectional with a victory. That’s always our goal.”
Northeast Dubois returns to play at Pike Central.
“They’ve beaten a lot of teams that we have played,” Terwiske said. “We are looking forward to that competition. They’re very solid.”
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