Saint Catherine beats in the seventh, rallying at six to beat Bishop Foley | MIPrepZone
WIXOM – Games like Thursday’s are great learning times for young teams no matter which side you find yourself in.
A young Madison Heights team Bishop Foley learned how insurmountable you can never assume is that a lead you hold, and an equally young team at Wixom St. Catherine learned to never give up.
Foley built a 10-4 lead heading into the seventh inning of Thursday’s rainy opener, but was only able to put out one of nine hitters the Stars sent to plate, as St. Catherine punched around, scoring seven points to win in a dramatic improbable. fashion.
Sarah Johnston’s RBI overtook Abby Savage with the winning run, finishing the comeback.
“We knew we had our (#) 2, 3, 4 hitters coming up, and we had hit the ball really well. It wasn’t like she was mowing us down. We knew that some balls would drop eventually. That’s why I kept telling the kids, “We have this. We hit her. We will get it. … We’re just young, ”said St. Catherine coach Bob Green. “We have 12 freshmen and sophomores. We are in reconstruction. We’re really young, but great attitude. I love it. They are all gamers. There are a lot of kids traveling (ball) there, and they all want to win.
“We played them for them, we missed an eight point lead to lose. That’s what it is, man.
The second game of the planned double title – which had already been postponed in its entirety once – has not been played, due to deteriorating ground conditions, and will be caught whenever both teams can.
“We were like, ‘We have to get this one in. We have to put on as many games as possible today.’ We both agreed that we would play one, no matter what, because we don’t. just don’t want to keep inventing them, ”said Foley coach John Ploskonka. “They’re still a very good team, and I know that from playing against them before, but I actually thought today was going to be our day. We jumped on it early and did it all (well), but they just got the hits in the right place at the end. I thought we played well until this seventh round. We played solid.
The Ventures (8-7) built a 2-0 lead early in two innings, then pushed it to 6-0 with a fourth inning of four runs. St. Catherine (4-7) used a two-point brace from Franki Ventura in the fifth to bring him down to three, 6-3. After the two teams traded points in the sixth to keep a three-point affair, the Ventures nailed what appeared to be much-needed insurance runs at the top of the seventh. Olivia Pinili hit a sacrificial fly to get a point, then Rylie Hana brought in two more with a brace to take the score to 10-4.
It still wasn’t enough.
The Stars loaded the bases on a double and a pair of singles, prompting a visit to the circle by Ploskonka.
“When I went to the mound, bases loaded, no outs, I said ‘Guys, we’ve got six points. Just get out. Then we tried to take it home, when we could have gone first. And then the wheels fell off after that, ”said the coach. “We did the same to them at home, so I guess it’s just the same. A little stinky when you’re six, but what can you do?
The wheels started to wobble when the Ventures tried to get a home force on a comebacker, rather than going out early. Maggie Bacigal netted two more runs with just one, then – after a mistake, another run – the Ventures finally got a dead ground, leaving only one runner on base in third, and five points already in progress. , with Foley still in the lead, 10-9.
If they could have just shut it up there, or even after the next hitter, Ploskonka was confident he had the right bats for extra innings.
“If we were going to get into the eighth round, we had the bats going up. I was like ‘OK, we just can’t let that one go through.’ Then everything else is kind of snowballs, ”he said. “Was young. I have a senior. It’s one of those things that hopefully they’re learning, and we have to play tomorrow, maybe.
Savage, the Stars’ first-year No.9 hitter, dropped a cavity that was discarded, leading Libby Schlack to score the tying point. This set up Johnston’s heroism, which led to second-place Savage winning the match.
“She (Savage) got rid of her cavities. It wasn’t the way we drew it, but… it was a swaying decay. We had two cavities swaying in this round, ”said Green. “We didn’t have any falling balls, and eventually we had a few breaks there and took advantage of it.”
It was a difficult but valuable lesson for the Ventures.
You must be able to close it. You have to close it, when you have to. That’s the thing, as a young team… they have to learn to close things, ”said Ploskonka. “The more you participate in pressure games, the better you can handle it. To be honest, in our league there are teams like this, and teams that you just killed, and so far the pressure games haven’t really been there (yet), so they have not yet learned how to solve this. . I’m proud of them, always. They are good girls, and after I finished my nine years which was really strong last year, it makes things a little difficult, but I have a good group.