Throughout the course of a season most teams will have a game or several games where it will score 10 plus runs. Not many teams will experience a 13-run inning like Springfield did Thursday afternoon when it took on Suburban One American Conference opponent Wissahickon, as it won in mercy-rule fashion 16-1.
"We were hitting the ball,' Springfield coach Curt Cyliax said. "We weren't hitting the ball two days ago. Today we came out and we were hitting the ball a lot better.'
In the third inning alone Springfield sent 17 batters to the plate, five more than Wissahickon did for the game, had nine hits, drew five walks and four different hitters scored twice in the inning. While Wissahickon did make two errors in the inning, seemingly every ball a Spartan hit had eyes and found a hole through the Trojans defense.
"I think we were just fortunate a lot of those ground balls were just going in between players,' Cyliax said. "And a couple missed plays. I've been on the other side of that coin and it's tough.'
With Wissahickon not getting a lot of time at the plate, it was never able to establish any rhythm or momentum partly due to good Spartans' defense, but also due to self-inflicted problems. The first hitter of the game, Michela Coleman, reached base on an infield single. The next batter Emily Kaissi laid down a great sacrifice bunt, but Coleman was thrown out trying to go first to third.
The Trojans had similar troubles in the third as Sabrina Marinucci led off the inning with a triple, she then scored when the next hitter, Coleman, reached on an error that put her on second base, however, Wissahickon was only able to get one run out of the inning.
"I thought that we've improved in the aspect of hitting,' Wissahickon coach Crystal Rae States said. "We put pressure on their defense at certain points and that was a really positive thing for our girls to do.'
The player of the game definitely belonged to Jewell Ringgold, who was an absolute terror on the base paths. Ringgold tied for a game high three runs scored, stole a base, was aggressive taking extra bases and forced a bad throw which led to an error and ultimately her scoring.
"We give out a little game ball for the back of your helmet and she's our game ball winner just because she ran so well,' Cyliax said.
Wissahickon ab r h bi Springfield ab r h bi
Coleman c 2 0 1 0 Littlepage 2b 2 2 1 1
Kaissi cf 1 0 0 0 Gilinger cf 0 1 0 0
Gelman lf 2 0 0 0 Ringgold ss 1 3 1 1
Gailey rf 2 0 0 0 Machalette 3b 3 3 2 2
Trubore 2b 1 0 1 0 Ard 1b 3 1 1 1
Paige DH 1 0 0 0 Hammonds 2 2 2 1
Tague 1b 1 0 0 0 Wilmont lf 3 2 2 3
Mazurek ss 1 0 0 0 Amey cf 2 1 2 1
Marinucci p 1 1 1 0 Ludwig rf 3 1 1 1
Totals 12 1 1 0 totals 19 16 12 11
2B—Wilmont; 3B—Marinucci, Amey
ip h r er bb so
Marinucci (L) 2 1/3 12 16 13 8 0
Hammons (W) 3 3 1 1 0 4