EHS slips by Steeleville in 8 innings on Lewis's RBI single

By Doug Daniels

1351sports.com / elveradosports.com

April 2, 2019

  (Vergennes, Ill.) - EHS kept their winning streak alive on April 2 when they hosted Steeleville, coming from behind once again to win 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning on a walk-off RBI single by Kaity Lewis.

  “We had trouble hitting the Renner girl today,” said Falcons head softball coach Donette Wheatley. “We played flat. We were coming off a pretty big come-from-behind win yesterday, and it was hard to rejuvenate our bats. We played good defensively though. We got out of two bases loaded situations, including one in the top of the eighth.”

  Three two-out hits led to a pair of runs for the Lady Warriors in the top of the third inning against EHS starting pitcher Allie Whittington. From that point on, Elverado’s defense, and Whittington’s arm, helped strand the remaining nine base runners Steeleville would accumulate throughout the game. Errors led to runs for the Lady Falcons in both the third and fourth innings, leading to a 2-2 tie that lasted until the bottom of the eighth.

  With one out, Emma Yates smacked a double in front of an intentional walk to Chloe Barnes, setting the stage for Lewis’s game-winning hit.

  “We mustered up two runs taking advantage of their errors and then with one out in the eighth, Yates gets a huge double,” Wheatley said. “They intentionally walk Barnes because she hit one to the fence in the fourth then scored the tying run. Lewis has struggled as of late at the plate but she came through with a drive in the left center field gap to drive in the winning run. Even though we struggled offensively, we still got the win, showing a lot of character in our team.”

  Yates (1-4, R, 2B), Barnes (1-2, R, 2 BB, 2B), Lewis (1-4, RBI), Emma Funk (1-2, R, 2 SAC), Morgan Bernardini (1-3, BB), Sydney Schenk (1-3) and Zoe Maple (1-3) had Elverado’s seven hits against Steeleville. Whittington got the victory allowing one earned run on nine hits and three walks with a dozen strikeouts.

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