SPRINGVILLE - Admitting that her team is more historically suited to holding on to leads than rallying from late deficits, Springville softball coach Laura Riley was pleasantly surprised with her team’s performance hosting West Central in a non-conference contest Friday, June 26.
“Traditionally, we are not a come-from-behind team,” said Riley, as her team rallied from a 2-0 deficit scoring the game’s final five runs to claim a 5-2 victory, snapping a three-game losing skid.
“Maybe we took a step towards changing that as it took three runs in the sixth to get the 5-2 win.”
West Central broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth scoring twice before the Orioles (4-5) got to work in the bottom of the fifth as an Ashlynne Zaruba double plated Emerson Ripple with the first run for the hosts.
They were just getting started.
Zaruba scored thanks to a passed ball to knot the score at 2-2 before Springville added three more runs in the sixth.
Ripple delivered a bases loaded single that plated Morgan Nachazel with the go-ahead run before March worked a bases loaded walked that scored Libby Moore. Molly Stamp scored the third run of the inning thanks to an RBI hit off the bat of Nia Howard.
Moore settled down after the rough fourth inning and pitched extremely well in the circle fanning 11 Blue Devil batters while allowing just six hits in tossing the complete game.
“Libby continues to be our dynamo in the circle,” Riley said. “She had 11 k’s and just two walks.”
The week started with the Orioles hosting an extremely improved Midland team Wednesday, June 23, opening with a hard-fought 7-3 victory.
Leading 1-0 in the third, Springville looked to have broken things open plating four runs in the frame and taking a commanding 5-0 lead.
Midland rallied scoring three of the game’s next four runs before the Orioles regained control adding an insurance run in the sixth.
Moore tossed a complete game five-hitter and fanned three while Springville bats tallied 12 hits, led by a perfect 3-for-3 game from March. Stamp added two more hits.
The nightcap started well for the hosts, scoring the game’s first three runs, including two in the third when Savannah Nealman and Nachazel each scored giving the hosts a 3-0 advantage.
It would be the final runs the Orioles would score in the game.
Midland rallied plating five unanswered runs, with four coming in the top of the fifth keying a come-from-behind 5-3 triumph over Springville.
“We made it interesting in the seventh inning, but a nice double play by the Midland shortstop (Allison Paulsen) ended our chances and gave them the well-deserved win,” Riley said. “We left seven runners on base, and what a difference that was looking back.”
The Orioles hit the road Thursday, June 25, and were handed 10-0 and 13-3 losses at class 2A top-ranked North Linn, as both games ended in five frames.
“We knew they’d hit, we knew they’d run the bases well and we knew we’d see good pitching,” Riley said. “There were no surprises. The girls battled well and stayed composed. Our lineup features zero seniors and one junior. We are extremely young yet we average 10 hits and five runs a game. I am extremely proud of them for that.”
Grace Matus and Howard tallied the lone hits for Springville in the opener while the Orioles broke through with their first run of the twin bill when Stamp blasted a solo home run in the fourth inning of the nightcap.
Ripple and March also scored in the frame for the visitors.