Extra Inning Win

MJ Moulton
On an unseasonably warm day in April, Porter's softball hosted Northfield Mount Herman for an exciting game. Porter's had 6 very strong innings both defensively and offensively. We scored 4 in the first 3 innings, led by sophomore Julianna Diamantis and junior Jess Sardilli. Freshman D'vine Straughter also had a great game at the plate, going 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored. Leading 4-1 in the top of the 7th, we needed 3 outs to seal the game, but unfortunately, 2 errors and 3 hits allowed NMH to take the lead for the first time in the game. We were down to our last out in the bottom of the 7th when Straughter '21 had a great at-bat and was able to get on with a slap base hit. She was followed by another hit by Diamantis '20 and then senior captain Gaelen Carroll drove in Straughter '21 to tie the game. Due to International tie-breaking rules, each team started with a runner on 2nd for extra innings. Porter's defense held in the top of the 8th. J. Sardilli '19 started at second in the bottom of the 8th and sophomore Lucinda De Laney had a base hit to lead off the inning, moving J. Sardilli '19 to 3rd. With no outs, sophomore Charlotte Whalen hit a hard ground ball to second, giving J. Sardilli '19 enough time to score and win the game. Although we gave up the lead in the 7th, Porter's fought hard all game long and bested NMH. On an unseasonally warm day in April, Porter's softball hosted Northfield Mount Herman for an exciting game. Porter's had 6 very strong innings both defensively and offensively. We scored 4 in the first 3 innings, led by sophomore Julianna Diamantis and junior Jess Sardilli. Freshman D'vine Straughter also had a great game at the plate, going 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored. Leading 4-1 in the top of the 7th, we needed 3 outs to seal the game, but unfortunately, 2 errors and 3 hits allowed NMH to take the lead for the first time in the game. We were down to our last out in the bottom of the 7th when Straughter had a great at-bat and was able to get on with a slap base hit. She was followed by another hit by Diamantis and then senior captain Gaelen Carroll drove in Straughter to tie the game. Due to International tie-breaking rules, each team started with a runner on 2nd for extra innings. Porter's defense held in the top of the 8th. Sardilli started at second in the bottom of the 8th and sophomore Lucinda De Laney had a base hit to lead off the inning, moving Sardilli to 3rd. With no outs, sophomore Charlotte Whalen hit a hard ground ball to second, giving Sardilli enough time to score and win the game. Although we gave up the lead in the 7th, Porter's fought hard all game long and bested NMH.
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