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Broadway rallies to beat the Vikings in a matchup of Region III’s teams with the two best records.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The Northside Vikings are not used to seeing their softball season end before the Region III semifinals.
They have seen the culprit before, however. The Broadway Gobblers ended Northside’s year for the second straight time, winning a 6-4 slugfest on the Vikings’ home field.
A trick of the seeding system had Broadway (21-4) ninth in the region despite its record.
“It’s hard to believe you’re [21-4] and the eighth seed or the ninth seed,” said Northside coach Lynn Richmond. “The best two records played today. It was just one of those games between similar teams that someone had to lose.”
Northside (21-2) used a big inning for all of its runs, while the Gobblers scored in fits and starts, never plating more than two but scoring in five of their seven at-bats.
The Vikings also stranded four runners in scoring position in the frames they were unable to score.
Broadway senior catcher Danielle Smith started the scoring with a solo home run, her 10th this season, over the center field fence to lead off the second inning.
Broadway tallied another run in the fourth when Jerrica McCallister knocked a single, then moved around on a passed ball and two wild pitches.
The fifth inning saw freshman infielder Keirsten Roadcap send a double to the right-center field fence to knock in Paige Lamb for a three-run lead.
Northside’s offense woke up in the bottom of the fifth with consecutive hits by Amy Robertson, Kelsey Jarrett and Caitlyn Porterfield. Porterfield’s double plated pinch runner Kayla Jones. With two outs, Ruthie Williams and Taylor Grubb each coaxed walks on 3-2 counts, Grubb earning an RBI when Jarrett was forced home.
A wild pitch allowed Porterfield to score, and heads-up baserunning by courtesy runner Megan Hubbard gave the Vikings the lead when Smith’s throw was wide of Mariah Foltz covering the plate.
The Gobblers did not let the Northside momentum take hold. In the top of the sixth the game was tied again on a scramble at the plate.
Shana Driver laid down a bunt intended to be a suicide squeeze, but Heather Cantrell got a late jump and opted to stay at third.
Williams ran to the ball and scooped it toward Grubb, but the toss was out of reach and gave Cantrell an opening to race home with the tying run. Lamb’s RBI ground out then put Broadway ahead for good.
Broadway coach Becky Cantrell said the comeback was a sign of her team’s heart.
“That’s just a testament to the kids’ character, believing in each other and never giving up,” Cantrell said.
Roadcap added insurance in the top of the seventh, depositing a first-pitch fastball over the left field fence, her second bomb of the postseason.
Richmond said two teams as similar as Northside and Broadway are going to play great games.
“You have two teams that have speed, have slapping, have bunting and have power hitting. We’re a lot alike,” the Northside coach said.
“I hated to see them that early,” said Cantrell.
Broadway 010 112 1 — 6 8 2
Northside 000 040 0 — 4 8 1
Driver, Foltz (5) and Smith. Williams and Grubb. W-Foltz (10-1). L Williams (15-2) .
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