Bullets Gun Down Elk Lake in Class AA Quarterfinals
Katrine Hughes’s RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted Brandywine Heights to a stunning 4-3 comeback victory over Elk Lake in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals at Bloomsburg University on June 9.
The Bullets, staring elimination in the face in the bottom of the seventh inning, down 3-1 with two outs, two on and an 0-2 count on Jenn Seabourne, found new life when she delivered a two-run double off Brooke Darling to send the game into extra innings.
In the bottom of the 11th, playing under the international tiebreaker rule, Megan Olsen took her spot at second as the girl who made the last out of the previous inning.
With one out, Brandywine Heights pitcher Sara Fronheiser looped a single to left that advanced Olsen to third.
After a great effort by Elk Lake catcher Gabby Baltzley to catch a pop-up for the second out, Hughes stepped to the plate. Earlier in the inning, Baltzley had made a diving catch of a bunted pop-up for the first out.
Facing a full-count, Hughes’s clean single to short center field ended the marathon game that included an hour delay with one out in the bottom of the seventh because of lightning.
Elk Lake took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning.
McKenzi Moon opened the frame with an infield hit and Briasna Hollenbeck followed with a walk.
Darling, who had doubled to lead off the second inning and was stranded there, stepped to the plate.
On the first pitch, Darling pushed a hard bunt past the pitcher into the hole vacated by the second baseman, who was covering first base.
Moon scored on the play and Hollenbeck reached third.
Casey Tyler followed with a fielder’s choice that wiped out Hollenbeck at third base.
With two outs, Sara Kwaitkowski, who had two hits on the day, hit a ground-rule double to right center field, scoring Tyler and courtesy runner Debbie Harvey.
Brandywine Heights answered with a solo run in the bottom of the fifth.
Olsen opened the frame with a single, took second on a passed ball and scored on Taylor Bortz’s two-out single.
Fronheiser had the better of her duel with Darling in the pitching circle, holding Elk Lake to five hits, while issuing four walks. She fanned 13 batters.
Darling, a senior who will play at Columbia University, gave up nine hits and three walks. She finished with 12 strikeouts.