It was a nail-biting round of softball on Tuesday night when the Father Gabriel Richard Fighting Irish took on the Cabrini Monarchs.
After mounting a seventh-inning comeback, victory ended up just out of reach for FGR in game one, however, an early lead and then extra inning excitement, landed the Irish on top in the nightcap.
The Monarchs went up 3-0 in the second inning of the first game, but a two-run bomb by Shelby Kennedy (3B) in the third brought the Irish within one. In the fifth, Cabrini added a run, making it 4-2, and in the top of the seventh they put up three more.
Down by five with three outs left, Richard rallied. After reaching on a walk, Elena Wioncek scored on a passed ball. Caroline O’Donohue also walked and Kennedy brought her in. Freshman Savannah Wing (LHP/OF) hit a deep sacrifice fly to left, which scored Kennedy, but three runs were all the Irish could muster and the game ended 7-5, with the Monarchs on top.
The second game was a different story. Gabriel Richard got their bats going early. Wing led off the second inning with a triple and then scored on a basehit by Sam Orlowski (2B). Junior pitcher Anna Timm helped herself out with a RBI triple and then scored on a squeeze. The Irish were up by three.
Kennedy smacked a two-out single and then scored on an off the wall double to right-center by Wing to produce a run in the third and two innings later, Julia Kennedy crushed one over the fence, making it 5-0 Irish.
But the Monarchs didn’t stand down and scored five in the sixth. The score remained tied through regulation play, which led to extra innings.
Timm kept Cabrini off the base paths in the top of the eighth and then Wing, the first batter up in the bottom of the inning, manufactured an exciting end to this division match-up.
She hit a hard single to the left fielder who misplayed it, and being an aggressive base runner, Wing took second. Then, with an overthrow on the way back to the infield, Wing made it home, leading the Irish to a 6-5 victory.