A day after Littlestown and Bermudian Springs combined to put up 18 runs, the softball teams appeared on track to meet or exceed that total Thursday, combining for nine runs through two innings.
However, the pitching on both sides tightened up, and a two-run rally in the bottom of the fourth proved to be enough for the Thunderbolts as they emerged with a 6-5 YAIAA Division III victory.
After Bolts starter Aly Schroeder sat down the visiting Eagles in the top of the first, Littlestown took advantage of some early wildness by Bermudian starter Paige Huntington. The southpaw struggled to find the strike zone and issued five free passes in the first inning, with four of them coming in to score.
The big hit of the rally for Littlestown was a three-run double by freshman Kaitlin Yealy that put the hosts ahead, 4-0.
"Yealy has come on strong and done a great job for us this year," Littlestown head coach Chet Ripple said. "She put a lot of pressure on herself early in the season, but she's been able to relax as the year has gone along, and gotten better and better."
Bermudian got to Schroeder in the top of the second, sending 11 hitters to the plate in the frame and scoring five runs to take the lead.
Sam Burda started the rally with a single to center field. Maddie Huntington walked, Kaci Balzanna bunted to load the bases with no outs for Klohie Sourbeer.
Sourbeer doubled home a pair of runs, and a groundout by Morgan Anthony plated another. A single by Molly Shuchart tied it, and a single by Morgan Williams put Bermudian ahead.
Schroeder avoided more damage by inducing a popout and getting a strikeout to end the spurt.
After posting a scoreless frame in the third, despite a pair of singles, Schroeder retired the Eagles in order in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
"Aly struggled a bit in the beginning," Ripple said. "She had to make some adjustments, and I told her to be more aggressive and attack the hitters. Once she started going after them, she did very well."
Littlestown (9-9, 8-7) retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run rally that was started by Nicole Snider's one-out double.
Emily Lanahan singled Snider home with two outs. A pair of walks loaded the bases, and Schroeder's infield single scored Lanahan with the go-ahead run.
Bermudian (6-9, 5-6) threatened in the top of the seventh when Williams led off with a single then took second on a wild pitch. However, Schroeder retired the next three hitters to finish off her complete game.
Schroeder threw 114 pitches in going the distance and allowed five runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
"We had a nice inning in the second, but we had some other opportunities that we didn't cash in on," Bermudian head coach Ed Kennell said. "The Schroeder girl placed her pitches well, and they made the plays behind her defensively."
Littlestown managed just four hits on the day but showed a lot of patience in drawing 11 walks.
"Paige did a good job of keeping us in it," Kennell said. "It definitely wasn't her best night, but she threw well enough to give us a chance to win the game."
Williams paced Bermudian's 10-hit attack with three knocks, and Schuchart added two.
LITTLESTOWN 6, BERMUDIAN 5
Bermudian 050 000 0 -- 5 7 0
Littlestown 400 200 x -- 6 6 0
BeS, Paige Huntington and Morgan Williams; Lit, Aly Schroeder and Nadia Chilcoat. SO-BB -- BeS, Huntington 3-11; Schroeder 5-3. W -- Schroeder. L -- Huntington. 2B -- BeS, Klohie Sourbeer; Lit, Nicole Snider, Kaitlin Yealy.