SOFTBALL: Boilers bring big bats against Coal City
BOURBONNAIS — Playing a 10 a.m. game the morning after prom could be a daunting task in terms of focus and energy, but for Bradley-Bourbonnais’ softball team, that test was passed with flying colors Saturday.
After facing a 2-1 deficit through an inning, the Boilers tied the game in the third and then scored a combined 12 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to run away from Coal City with a 14-4 five-inning home victory Saturday morning.
The Boilers improved to 16-12 on the season while the Coalers dropped to 8-13 on the year.
The Coalers’ scored the games first two runs in the top of the first inning highlighted by Natalie Teague and Madelaine Ragain’s back-to-back RBI doubles.
The Boilers responded in the bottom of the first when pitcher Evey Evans helped her own cause with a single to bring home Addison Talbot to make the score 2-1 after one inning.
Liz Schriner tied the game in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI single that brought home Maddy McIntyre.
Evans breezed through the middle innings and seemed to improve as the game went on, as she sat the Coalers down in order in the fourth.
“After a shaky first inning, Evey pitched well and was locked in,” Boilers coach Haylee Beck said. “It was nice to see her regain her composure out there and shut it down.”
The Boiler bats then got hot, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Kennedi Pepin scored the first Boiler run from an errant Coaler throw to third base. Katelynn Sebastiani hit an RBI single for the second Boiler run of the inning. McIntyre then belted a three-run double, scoring Talbot, Sebastiani and Carlie Jenkins.
“We started off a little bit slow, but once we started to go through the lineup the second and third time, we felt good about what we were doing,” Beck said. “We ran the bases well and hit the ball hard.”
Schriner brought McIntyre home during the next at-bat with an RBI single. Schriner would later score on Julia Drake’s RBI single to extend the game’s score to 9-2.
The Coalers bounced back in the top of the fifth when Abbie Cullick scored on an overthrow to third base. Sophomore Madison Emerson followed with an RBI single to cut the lead to 9-4.
But the Boiler bats were too hot, putting five more runs on the scoreboard in the fifth inning.
After the Boilers plated a pair on two hits and an error, Schriner stepped up and drilled a two-run home run to end the game by the ten-run rule.
“Liz is a senior and she’s been around here for four years, longer than I have been here,” Beck said. “She’s had a great season and can put the team on her back at times. Some of those shots she hits you just sit back and say ‘wow.’
“It’s safe to say I will really miss her a lot next year.”
Schriner is now hitting .552 on the year with nine home runs and 41 RBI’s. And as she’s heated up, so have the Boilers, who have won seven of their last 10 games.
Schriner and McIntyre led the Boilers with three hits and four RBI’s a piece. Sebastiani had two RBI’s. Drake, Talbot, and Evans each had one RBI. Jenkins added two hits for Bradley-Bourbonnais.
Evans allowed four unearned runs on seven hits and added three punchouts in a complete game effort.
For Coal City, Teague was 2 for 3 with two doubles and one RBI. Ragain was 2 for 3 with a single, double and RBI for the Coalers. Emerson added a hit and RBI.
The Boilers will play at home against Thornwood on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. The Coalers play at home Monday at 4:30 p.m. against Beecher.