Becahi girls get revenge
Determined to avenge last Tuesday’s 10-6 loss to Nazareth, Bethlehem Catholic succeeded with a 10-9 victory over the Blue Eagles last Thursday at Nazareth.
“We can beat this team,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza after the Golden Hawks’ loss at home.
Errors in the third inning proved costly for the Hawks, and Becahi never could quite catch Nazareth, tying them at best in the fourth inning.
Becahi catcher Teighan Boyle led off with a double and scored on an RBI single by pitcher Emma Bond.
Shortstop Abby Rodriguez had a base hit, and a walk to second baseman Jordan Merklin loaded the bases.
“I was just hoping I would get a good pitch and a hit up the middle because I needed to make up for the mistakes I made on the field,” said Rodriguez. “I’m not a power hitter; I usually find gaps.”
Right fielder Ashley Judd’s hit took a bad bounce for Nazareth’s shortstop, and Rodriguez scored.
After the Blue Eagles made a pitching change in the same inning, Becahi left fielder Adrianna Truss’s ground rule double tied the game 6-6.
“I had to adjust because the first pitcher was a little bit slower,” Truss said. “I didn’t wait on the ball as much, and I have a fast bat speed so I didn’t have to wait that extra second.”
But homers by Nazareth’s Cassie Zellner and Hope White put the Blue Eagles ahead by three runs in the fifth inning.
“I’m proud of the girls because they kept coming back, but then we’d make mistakes and let them back in the game,” said Coach Mazza. “They have a nice hitting team. We made some costly errors that would’ve gotten us out of the inning and then they’d score two or three runs.”