The Lady Night Hawks softball team retained the No. 4 seed in the Sun Conference standings with a win and loss against visiting St. Thomas on Saturday.
It was a grind of an afternoon, as both teams went hard for 16 innings in the warm confines of Armory Field, which saw temperatures rise into the low 80s for the bulk of the afternoon.
Both teams went scoreless through the first eight innings on Saturday, which extended Game 1 to extras.
St. Thomas batters Jessica Matias and Christina Horton hit back-to-back singles, and Denise Prieto focrced a fielder’s choice with a sacrifice bunt to account for the second out.
Just as Thomas looked to close the inning, Natalie Sacramento blasted a three-run home run over the left-center field wall to put the first runs on the board.
The Lady Hawks couldn’t stop the bleeding, and allowed Alexsa Valdez to reach base on the combination of a bunt and wild throw. Sacramento scored during the ensuing at-bat when Horton singled to left.
Other than Carmen Nadal’s two-out double, St. Thomas quickly retired Thomas in the ninth inning to secure the win.
St. Thomas kept the bats rolling in Game 2, and brought home a pair of runs in the first and third innings to take a 4-0 lead.
Then it was a Summer Rose show for the Lady Night Hawks.
She scored the team’s first run with a solo home run in the third inning, then brought home a pair with a bases-loaded, two-out double.
Thomas clung to momentum and gripped firmly.
After another walk to load the bases, Brittany Daniels – the nine-hole batter – blasted a grand slam straight over the center field wall to take the lead.
The Lady Hawks scored all six runs in the fourth inning with two outs, and both teams went scoreless the rest of the way.
Thomas (19-18, 5-3) returns to Armory Field on Monday for another Sun Conference doubleheader against Northwood, which currently sits seventh in the standings. The Lady Hawks have three, three-game conference series remaining this season.