Lady Bulldogs Come Back to Defeat Lake in Walk-Off Fashion
This past Friday night, the Swanton Lady Bulldogs found themselves down 2-1 to the Lake Lady Flyers entering the bottom of the seventh inning but with their dangerous third, fourth and fifth hitters coming up. Brie Williams led off with a single and Taylor Forrest followed suit with another single to put runners on first and second with nobody out and Trista Eitniear coming to the plate.
Conventional wisdom, in that situation, dictates you sacrifice bunt the runners over putting the tying and winning runs in scoring position with just one out. Swanton head coach Joe Nye, however, was having none of that. “I told Trista that she was a senior who had been playing for four years and there was no way I was going to have her bunt,” said Coach Nye. “I said Trista, swing away.”
And swing away she did, driving a fastball back up the middle to bring home Williams to tie the game and Forrest to win it 3-2 over a very talented Lake team. “He called me over and told me to swing away so that’s what I did,” said Eitniear.
Lake took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning off starting pitcher Williams but the Bulldogs quickly got back in the game when Forrest unloaded on an outside fastball, sending it over the right-center field fence to tie the game. The score stayed at 1-1 until the top of the sixth when the Flyers scored on a single, stolen base and double to grab back the lead and set the table for Eitniears’s heroics.
In addition to the great pitching on both sides, the defense for both teams was excellent as well. Coach Nye gave special credit to outfielders Jayden Hendricks in left and Alaina Pelland in right who both ran down several long fly balls to keep Lake hitters off the bases.
The win moves the Lady Bulldogs to 2-1 on the season. Swanton hosts the Patrick Henry Lady Patriots on Monday, April 18th at 5:00 PM.
Pictured: Trist Eitniear slashes a single to right field in the second inning.
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