Chesapeake plates winning run in 7th versus St. Joe
CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — Huntington St. Joe’s softball game against the Panthers at Chesapeake High School Tuesday featured plenty of offense for both teams but in the end a defensive miscue led to a 15-14 walk-off win for the home team.
Chesapeake (3-5) had to rally from an early deficit to take a 10-5 lead in the fourth inning.
The Fighting Irish regained the lead with a five run sixth then had a rally of its own to tie the game 14-14 in the top of the seventh.
The Panthers then got a lead-off double from Zowie Rollins to start the bottom of the seventh.
Cheyenne Ferrell advanced Rollins to third with with a ground ball out and Samantha Heffner hit a fly ball that squirted out of left fielder Taryn Queen’s glove, allowing Rollins to run home with the winning run.
Chesapeake head coach Aaron Rice didn’t allow his team to celebrate long quickly refocusing his team’s attention to Ironton Wednesday in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup.
Four of the Panthers’ 16 hits were doubles as the offense produced hits and runs off two Huntington St. Joe pitchers.
Jordan Storms was 2-for-3, including a double, scored twice and knocked in five-runs to lead Chesapea ke. Ryleigh Swann was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Chloe Handley was 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Storms was the starting pitcher for Chesapeake with Swann relieving her in the sixth and getting the win.
Swann entered with a 14-12 lead with one out and a runner at second base with five runs already scored in the sixth inning.
She struck out Caleeyah Slash and snared a line drive off the bat of Queen to end the Huntington St. Joe threat and preserve what was left of Chesapeake’s lead.
Swann returned to pitch the top of the seventh but allowed two singles.
Two Chesapeake errors allowed the Fighting Irish to tie the game.
Huntington St. Joe was led by Caelin Marcum who finished 4-for-5, three runs scored and three RBI.
Fighting Irish head coach Vince Macri praised his offense but knows his team’s youth will be a factor this season.
“I have five freshmen and we committed a lot of errors. Just booted balls. We can hit but we’ve got to learn how to win,” Macri said.
Swann, a senior, said she hoped her defense would back her up but after two seven-thinning errors allowed Huntington St. Joe to tie the game and potentially take a lead late, Chesapeake’s offense had to come through.
“I don’t think we’ve really played to our potential yet,” Swann said.
“Ironton is really good but I feel like if we play like we can we can beat them.”
The 5 p.m. first-pitch with the Fighting Tigers will be Chesapeake’s third game in as many days.
Chesapeake fell 7-2 to South Point Monday in an OVC contest.
HUNTINGTON ST. JOE 221 025 2 — 14 12 3
CHESAPEAKE 120 704 1 — 15 16 3
Sloan, Trimboli (5) and Langdon; Storms, Swann (6) and Spears.
Hitting: (H) Marcum 4-5 3 RBI; (C) Storms 2-3 2B 5 RBI, Handley 2-5 2 2B 2 RBI.