Home run dooms Tigers comeback against D’Evelyn
SILVERTHORNE – Summit High School softball scratched its way back from a 2-0 deficit in the later innings Thursday against D’Evelyn, only to see an inside-the-park home run ruin the comeback.
Summit fell to 2-4 in the Class 4A Jeffco League after the 4-2 loss to the Jaguars (3-3) at Blue River Fields in Silverthorne.
“It was more of a fight than we’ve seen,” Tigers head coach Shelly Koehler said. “It’s still frustrating to watch us at the plate. But we did a good job to get back in the game.”
The Tigers, trailing 2-0 in the fifth inning, watched a two-out popup by senior Brittany Ellsworth find the infield dirt and Cissy Daniels scored from second. Then, in the sixth, junior Shannon Buhler reached on an error. After Caitlin Schmidt reached on a fielder’s choice and Buhler was safe at second, it was Daniels’ turn to shine again. The sophomore poked a single to right field, scoring Buhler to tie the score.
“That was crucial,” Koehler said. “It really gave us a spark. Again, timely hits make a difference and we needed more than we got today.”
Meanwhile, in the fifth and sixth, Schmidt needed just nine pitches to retire all six batters she faced.
In the seventh, however, one pitch made the difference. Jaguars outfielder Natalie Sustad slammed a fastball to the left-field wall. The speedster managed to score on the play after a long chase by the Tigers’ outfield.
D’Evelyn would add one more after Christina Schaffer knocked a single with the bases loaded.
In the bottom half, D’Evelyn pitcher Beth McDonald struck out two and retired Ellsworth on a flyball to right.
“During the later innings, (McDonald) had a little extra,” Jaguars coach Dan Porreco said.
Despite leaving eight runners on base, Porreco was pleased to escape with a crucial road win.
“We’ve been doing that a lot,” Porreco added. “We didn’t do a good job of hitting with runners in scoring position, but we got what we could.”
Both pitchers cruised early.
Schmidt allowed a first-inning run after Jaguars second baseman Jessi Whalen reached on an error and scored on an error. After that, she allowed just three baserunners until the seventh.
On the game, Schmidt allowed four hits and struck out 10.
“What we’re seeing now is, we can’t just rely on Caitlin,” Koehler said. “Now, our bats have been sleeping. We saw our team fight hard but we need to start getting hits earlier.”
The Tigers have a long homestand next week. Monday, the Tigers face Ralston Valley. Later in the week, Summit also plays host to Golden and Aspen. All games start at 4:30 p.m. in Silverthorne.
Ryan Slabaugh can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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