Prep Softball

Running out of luck: Baserunning blunders thwarts Blue Devils' rally

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 22, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Apr. 23, 2019 8:10 am

QUINCY -- Quincy High School softball coach Darrell Henze is starting to believe there's bad luck following his team.

He may have a case after watching a seventh-inning rally crumble in a 5-3 loss to Quincy Notre Dame Monday night at the Backyard.

Taylor Frink led off with a single, but was hit in the foot when McKenzie Holtman hit a line drive. Lauren Kroeger followed with a two-run homer to left that cut QND's lead to 5-3.

Addy Penn roped a double into right, and Maggie Bauerly -- the Blue Devils' No. 9 hitter -- represented the tying run with one out.

"I told (Bauerly), I just need a groundball,'" Henze said, "I didn't need a strikeout."

Bauerly grounded out to second base, and QND first baseman Emma Borrowman threw the ball Kegan Wall at third base, who placed a tag on Penn. However, Penn was ruled out for overrunning the base and ended the game with the double play.

"If it's bad luck, it's been following me for about four or five games," Henze said. "We just can't buy anything right now. Not to take anything away from (QND), but surely after awhile something's got to go our way."

QND (14-2) perhaps made things go its way by working on those situations in practice earlier Monday.

"We were in the gym and worked on throwing behind the runner for cases exactly like that," Wall said. "You just never know what's going to happen. I don't know if she was off base or not, but I know I still had the tag on her."

The play came in timely fashion as the Blue Devils' lead-off hitter in Kiley Espinoza was on deck.

"That was huge," QND coach Eric Orne said. "The (momentum) had definitely swung their way."

QND held the momentum most of the game.

Shortstop Catherine Steinkamp lined an RBI single to center to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead in the first inning. In the second, Madison Gilligan dropped a two-run double down the line in left for a 3-0 lead.

QHS (10-8) got on the board on Ella Marks' RBI double in the third, but she was tagged out trying to advance to third after a throw to the plate.

QND pushed the lead to four runs in the fourth after scoring on a double steal, and an RBI single by Wall.

The Raiders won despite having to manufacture runs against the Blue Devils. They had just six hits, and only one was for extra bases. When QND beat QHS 15-3 April 10, the Raiders had 11 hits and four were for extra bases, including Eryn Cornwell's two-run homer.

The Blue Devils had seven hits off Cornwell, who struck out three across seven innings.

"We still had some big hits," Wall said. "But everyone played their part today. It's nice to see that."

It was the kind of game Orne expected.

"It was a typical rivalry game like it's always been," he said. "That game last time was just odd. We knew Quincy High was going to come out today and play."

QND 5, QHS 3

QHS 001 000 2--3 7 1

QND 120 200 x--5 6 2

Neally and Marks; Cornwell and Fischer. WP--Cornwell. LP--Neally. 2B--QHS 2 (Marks, Penn), QND (Gilligan). HR--QHS 1 (Kroeger).