Patriots, Jeeps play to rare tie in rainy outingMarch 29, 2019
By JONATHAN SAXON
DUBOIS — Rain, rain go away, come again another day. That was the feeling of everyone in attendance at Friday evening’s softball game, which featured the Northeast Dubois Jeeps taking on the Heritage Hills Patriots.
The drops started falling near the end of the fifth inning but the floodgates broke open during the sixth which caused the umpires to call a brief rain delay. Fresh dirt was laid down and the actions seemed to resume after the 10 minute pause, but the pouring remained consistent enough that the game was eventually called. And since the teams only finished five full innings, the final result was called a 4-4 tie.
Both coaches acknowledged the peculiar nature of the final call but they both saw positive things from their respective teams that they think can be built on the next time they get to play a full seven innings.
“We kind of had a little rough start, but we came back there,” said Northeast Dubois head coach Dion Terwiske, who’s team came back from a two-run hole to force the tie. “It took us a little while to catch up, but I thought the girls battled back well after getting down a little bit.”
“We played pretty well, I thought we had some nice hits,” said Heritage Hills head coach Joe Asbury. “We have to clean a few things up though, and I feel like we can.”
Heritage Hills landed the first blow of the game when senior first baseman Lauren Caswell hoisted one to the outfield grass for a one-out double that scored junior starting pitcher Emma Eubank. The Pats would strike twice more during the top of the third inning with an RBI double from sophomore shortstop Mallory Garrison and sacrifice hit from senior left fielder Whitney Ward that brought in Garrison for the 3-0 lead.
But the Jeeps responded with their own rally in the bottom of the third. Senior infielders Elizabeth Kunz and Brooklyn Dodd were able to hit back-to-back singles, and senior starting pitcher Camryn Stemle made the most out of her role in the cleanup slot by banging out a double to send Kunz and Dodd home to make it a 3-2 game going into the fourth.
Caswell once again brought the pain to the Jeeps by lifting out another two-out double to put the Patriots up 4-2. However, the Jeeps didn’t count themselves out just yet. As the rain started to fall in the fifth inning, junior first baseman Macie Brinkman connected on yet another RBI double to bring Stemle home and cut the lead to one run. Sophomore designated player Alexus Royer drew a walk to load the bases, and freshman pinch hitter Hailey Carie stood patient at the plate for a second walk that scored freshman third baseman Hadley Fuhrman and tied the game at 4-4.
After the Patriots got the final out of the fifth on a pop-fly from freshman center fielder Brinley Royer, the umps called for a delay because of the rain. About ten minutes passed before they signalled to resume play, but with the shower showing no signs of quitting the officials chose to bring the game to an end at the top of the sixth inning.
Stemle finished with five hits, four runs (three earned), four walks and a strikeout in four innings. Fuhrman had one strikeout in the fifth inning. Stemle also finished 3-for-3 hitting with a double, two RBIs and a run. Brinkman and Carie each had an RBI.
“I wasn’t swinging at anything outside my zone, they were just my pitches,” said Stemle. “I was just sitting on my pitches today.”
Eubank finished with nine hits, four earned runs, four walks, and three strikeouts in five innings. Caswell went 3-for-3 with three doubles, two RBIs, and a run. Garrison and Ward also drove in a run each.
“I know a big part of where I hit in the lineup, my job is to put runs in,” said Caswell. “I just went out there and when I saw my pitch, I just went after it.”
Since it wasn’t a conference game, the game will not be rescheduled but all is not lost. Both teams still feel like they got some good work done in terms of getting better and look forward to getting out there to do it all again, should the weather choose to cooperate.
“I feel like we were a little tight at the plate,” said Caswell. “If we relax I feel like we get more hits and we look more smooth. Our fielding looked good we just need to relax and go for it.”
“We have to clean some stuff up on the infield and outfield,” said Stemle. “Errors kill us, and you have to hit well to win.”
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