HAMILTON — Although Steinert's softball team managed another seventh-inning threat against Conwell Egan, there would be no miracle finish for the Spartans this time around.
Alyssa Adams entered with one out and runners on first and second, and after going 3-1 on the first batter, came back to get the next two outs and preserve the Eagles' 5-2 win at Steinert Saturday, April 26.
"She just came in with a lot of poise and confidence,' Egan coach Sandy Hart said.
It was a little different than last year's game in Levittown, when Gaby Bennett's massive grand slam in the seventh gave the Spartans a 12-11 victory.
"And I just want to let you know that ball is still rolling,' Hart said. "This is a nice inter-state rivalry and they're kind of like a mirror image of us. We lost a lot of kids, they lost a lot of kids. We just want to stay confident, take one game at a time.'
It was a much needed win for the Eagles (8-3), who had lost three straight after a 7-0 start.
"We had a tough week this week,' Hart said. "We had a tough game with Notre Dame (last Saturday). We lost a slugfest on Thursday and felt we were giving up too many outs in the inning.
"We just regrouped yesterday and talked about defense. (Starter) Alexis Gartner did a great job on the mound today, we came up with some big plays defensively and Alyssa came in and did a nice job.'
The visitors took a 2-0 lead on Regina Milburn's first-inning two-run homer over the left-center field fence, but Steinert (3-7 ) tied it with runs in the third and fourth.
In the third, Bennett reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and came home with an unearned run on Jess Giordano's ground-out. In the fourth, Lauren Bracco got the second of her three singles and eventually scored on Alissa Brugnoli's single.
The Spartans, however, left the bases loaded in both the third and fourth and it would come back to haunt them.
In the top of the fifth, Adams got a leadoff single, Janelle DeShield reached on an error and Alex Kinal sacrificed. Ellie Murray hit an RBI single and Tory McCoach added a two-run single to make it 5-2.
Kaley Wise entered for Steinert and proceeded to retire all eight batters she faced, but the Spartans could not manage to take advantage of the sophomore's second straight strong outing.
"I think (starter) Jess Giordano pitched really well,' Steinert coach Jean Ruppert said. "Kaley came in and did a great job, I'm not taking anything away from her, but Jess threw to some great spots.
"They got a couple of chinkers over the infield and we just can't seem to get those chinkers. We have the bases loaded with one out and we get nothing out of it. I would guess we left seven to nine on base (it was actually 12). We can't do that, you gotta get something going with that.'
Hart is just glad her team finally got something going again, and that it didn't' have to go chase after another Bennett ball that's still rolling.
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Conwell Egan 5, Steinert 2
(April 26 at Steinert)
Conwell Egan (8-3) 200 030 0 — 5 6 2
Steinert (3-7) 001 100 0 — 2 6 1
WP: Gartner. LP: Giordano. HR: CE-Milburn. RBI: CE-Murray, McCoach 2, Milburn 2. S-Giordano, Brugnoli. Strikeouts: CE-Gaetner 2, Adams 0. S-Giordano 4. Wise 3.