Park takes softball thriller from East Ridge
WOODBURY — Senior Heather Degler drilled a two-out double in the seventh to lift Park to a 4-3 softball thriller over East Ridge Tuesday at the HealthEast Sports Center.
Park's Megan Morris led off the top of the seventh with her third base hit of the day. She advanced to second when Bryanna Olson grounded to short. Delaney Young walked and Madi Meduna bounced into a fielder's choice to advance both runners. With two outs and runners at second and third, Degler—who grew up playing with many of the East Ridge players—lined a double down the right-field line, just out of the reach of a diving Molly Seif to put the Wolfpack up 4-3.
Park pitcher Sam Fohrman came back in to record her first save of the year by getting the East Ridge hitters to go quietly in the bottom of the seventh.
"Wow, what a game," said Park head coach Bob Loshek. "Both teams were itching to get outside for the last couple of weeks and to be able to get this game in here at HealthEast Sports Center, was huge. Not as huge as Heather's hit at the end, but it was pretty special."
"That is exactly what we thrive on," added Loshek. "We have each other's backs. They know that if someone doesn't do the job the next hitter will. If there is a mistake on defense, the next play will be made by someone else. It's the way we have played for so many years now."
After being scoreless through the first three innings, Park got on the scoreboard first in the top of the fourth when Meduna led off with a base hit. Degler singled to center field. After a walk to Riley Perryman, Shelby Schabacker drilled a single to center to score Meduna and put the Wolfpack up 1-0.
It looked as if Park would have a big inning, but East Ridge pitcher Abbey Cook got Saren Croker to hit a line drive to Sidney Zavoral at short who then threw to first for the double play to end the rally.
Park added another run in the fifth when Morris led off with a line drive to left. Young followed with a single and Morris scored on Meduna's hit to right to put the Wolfpack up 2-0.
Park's starting pitcher Fohrman was cruising along through four innings, mowing down the Raptor batters in order while recording seven strikeouts. Fohrman ran into trouble in the bottom of the fifth when Grace Bennett led off with a double to deep center field. After Kaylee Peterson struck out, Avery Wakawitz doubled to right field to cut the Park lead in half. East Ridge kept the hits coming as Maddie Slavin walked, Seif and Morgan Anderson singled to give the Raptors a 3-2 lead.