Lady Bulldogs burn Great Bridge
Published 9:37 pm Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Perennial softball state title contender Great Bridge High School has learned that coming to Suffolk can be hazardous for its win-loss record.
On Tuesday, King’s Fork High School dealt the visiting Lady Wildcats their second loss in as many days, scoring the game’s only run in the bottom of the seventh on an error in the outfield by Great Bridge.
Nansemond River High School had taken advantage of some Lady Wildcat errors on Monday to win 2-1 in another game that was decided on the final play.
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For the Lady Bulldogs, the victory over Great Bridge was their first in seven years.
“It kind of snuck up on me because I guess the gravity of it didn’t dawn on me,” King’s Fork coach Richard Froemel said.
His team was playing without one of its stars, senior Shaina Holland, due to injury, but nevertheless it was stellar on defense, finishing its second game in a row with no errors.
And the Lady Bulldogs’ Sydney Wash won the battle of the two senior Sydneys in the circle.
Froemel indicated on Wednesday that it was among her best performances.
“She was on point last night,” he said.
Wash threw nine strikeouts and allowed only one walk. Sydney Harless, who is fresh off leading Great Bridge to the 2014 Group 5A state championship, threw nine strikeouts and allowed two walks.
Both pitchers made the game quite fast-paced at certain points. Froemel noted that in the top of the third inning, Wash struck out the Lady Wildcats’ No. 7, 8 and 9 hitters. Then in the bottom of the third, Harless did the same to the Lady Bulldogs.
Froemel figured the game was going to come down to the team that made a mistake. The bottom of the seventh inning proved him right.
As King’s Fork had one out, his daughter, freshman Madison Froemel, hit a ground ball to the shortstop, who was not able to field it cleanly, allowing Froemel to reach first base on the error.
Senior Kirsten Wutcher hit a sacrifice bunt, moving Froemel to second base. Next, junior Susan Mounie was walked, giving the Lady Bulldogs runners on first and second.
Then, sophomore Mallory Moore came up to bat.
“You’ve got to give Mallory Moore credit; she hit the ball,” Coach Froemel said. “That centerfielder took two steps in and realized that ball was coming at her with some velocity.”
The Great Bridge outfielder failed to catch the ball, giving Madison Froemel all the time she would need to bring home the 1-0 win.
The Lady Bulldogs finished with one official hit, by junior Lindsay Carlesi, while the Lady Wildcats had two hits but also three errors.
King’s Fork (1-2) visits Indian River High School on Friday, weather permitting.