Edwardsburg softball on a rollPublished 8:39am Tuesday, April 30, 2013
To say the Edwardsburg softball team has been playing at a high level may be a bit of an understatement.
The Eddies (9-4) have won five of their last seven games, including a sweep of No. 4-ranked Coloma and a split with No. 6-ranked South Haven.
Edwardsburg’s 1-0 victory in nine innings in the opener Monday night snapped the Rams’ 50-game Wolverine Conference winning streak.
South Haven edged the Eddies 9-7 in the second game.
Both teams struggled offensively in the opener Monday night.
The two teams combined for first four hits thanks solid pitching and defense.
Edwardsburg was able to finally push a run across the plate in the top of the ninth as the game was decided with the International Tiebreaker rule.
Rileigh Disher was placed on second base and came around to score when the Rams misplayed Teryn Williams’ bunt. Williams ended up on third following the miscue, but was unable to score an insurance run as she was thrown out at the plate on Andrea LaPlace’s bunt.
South Haven’s Alyssa Eastman was placed on second in the bottom of the ninth, but a double play by the Eddies ended any change of the Rams tying the game.
Delaney Peters worked all nine inning for Edwardsburg to earn the victory.
In the nightcap, LaPlace did all she could to give Edwardsburg a boost, but it wasn’t enough to get past South Haven.
LaPlace racked up four RBIs on two hits for the Eddies. She doubled in the fifth inning and homered in the seventh inning.
Eastman got the win for South Haven despite allowing seven runs over seven innings. Eastman struck out seven, walked one and gave up seven hits.
The game’s last lead went to South Haven thanks to a third inning rally that saw four runs cross the plate on a sacrifice fly by Mikayla McGowen and three singles.
Two runs in the bottom of the fourth helped Edwardsburg close its deficit to 7-2. A pair of passed balls fueled the Eddies’ comeback.
A one in the fifth inning helped bring Edwardsburg within four as LaPlace delivered an RBI double.
South Haven increased its lead with two runs in the sixth.
After pushing across one run in the bottom of the sixth, the Eddies faced just a 9-4 deficit. An RBI single by Bre Baushke gave Edwardsburg life.
Three runs in the bottom of the seventh helped Edwardsburg close the deficit to 9-7 as LaPlace crushed three-run home run.
Edwardsburg vs. Coloma
The Edwardsburg softball team won a pair of crucial Wolverine Conference West Division games against Coloma by the identical score of 4-3.
In the opener, the Eddies and the Comets volleyed the lead seven times before Edwardsburg was able to pull out the one-run victory
The Eddies earned the win in the seventh on an RBI single by Williams off Emily Najacht, plating LaPlace.
LaPlace recorded the win for Edwardsburg. She allowed three runs over four innings. She struck out three, walked six and surrendered six hits.
Becky Sarver put away the final five outs to record the save.
Edwardsburg and Coloma both had scoring chances in the nightcap, but it was the Eddies Varsity who were able to capitalize on them as it pulled out a 4-3 win.
Coloma out-hit Edwardsburg 10-6, but Coloma stranded 10 runners on base.
The fact that the Eddies grouped all of their runs into the third inning helped it take advantage of its hits.
Edwardsburg held off Coloma, as the Comets were unable to overcome a two-run third inning deficit.
Peters got the win for the Eddies. She allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings. She struck out three, walked none and surrendered nine hits.
Edwardsburg never surrendered the lead after the third inning as it scored scored four runs on an RBI double by Kaylee Ryker and two singles.