Big inning propels Deposit past Rockets in softball
By John Bernhardt
Softball is a game of inches, a game of stops and starts that can be unpredictable at best. Sometimes one bad inning is enough to totally alter the course of a game. That was the case Wednesday when
Roxbury battled Deposit in Section IV quarterfinal action on the Lumberjacks’ home field.
Erase the second inning and Wednesday’s quarterfinal match-up was a highly competitive contest. Deposit grouped hits and walks to score nine times in the decisive frame, with the game a literal standoff the rest of the way. Deposit would advance with a 10-1 victory.
Like his colleagues from the other schools who have played Roxbury, Deposit coach Ed Swartwout was impressed with Rocket ace Kendal Spraque’s work on the mound. “She pitched very well, except for that one inning,” Swartwout told The Daily Star when reporting the outcome of the game.
Sprague’s loss of command was a big factor in Deposit’s second-inning success. The Roxbury fire-baller only allowed three hits, but walked six batters during the Lumberjacks’ scoring outburst.
Kassi Cook’s two-run single scoring Kate Tiffany and Shelby Pettersen was a backbreaker in the big inning. Cook would later double and score the Lumberjacks’ final run. Kylie Papageios also hit a double for Deposit.
Justina Ellis threw a complete game three-hitter, fanning five for the victors. Roxbury scored their lone run in the top of the third when Samantha Sprague worked a two-out walk. Sprague advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored when Shannon Sprague delivered a hard single to left-center field.
Roxbury finished its season at 13-4.