BERLIN - It was a sixth inning that was full of excitement.
Lindsay Walsh launched a solo home run and Alexa Lanteri hit an RBI triple as the Berlin softball team scored five runs in the bottom of the inning to cap off their 9-0 shutout over Platt 9-0 Monday afternoon.
Walsh finished the day going 3-for-4. Lanteri went 2-for-4.
“Overall, it was a very good game,” Berlin head coach Jason Pires said. “Platt had been pitching us consistently on the inside [of the plate] for a few innings and we were struggling with it. We called them out and the girls made the adjustments. We scored five runs, but more important than the runs, we hit the ball hard and had a couple of good bombs.”
Although the Redcoats were struggling to adjust to Panthers pitcher Caitlyn Hart at times, they were still up 4-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.
“This is the first time we’ve actually seen a different pitcher [playing against Platt],” Lanteri said. “It was interesting to see someone new to mix things up. She was hitting her spots really well and really painting the corners well. That’s something we haven’t really seen a lot this year, so it was a little bit of a struggle but I think we came back nicely in the sixth.”
Hart gave up nine hits over her six innings, but out of her nine runs, only four were earned.
Her counterpart, Stef Poulin, delivered another strong outing for the Redcoats, striking out eight batters over seven innings. She issued just two walks and only gave up one hit in the process.
Hart gave Berlin a free base at the start of the inning when she hit Kelsei Zliczewski with a pitch. Zliczewski then stole second and third base and was brought home on Jenna Zup’s sacrifice fly.
Following Walsh’s home run two batters later, Alexandria Gill’s error allowed Berlin’s Casey Urygra to reach second. Michelle Cohen singled to center field, but as Urygra was heading to third, Hart threw the ball out of play, allowing the Redcoats to advance to bring Urygra home.
Lanteri then hit her RBI triple to center field to bring home Cohen. She then stole home as Zliczewski was in between pitches.
“I think it was just getting down to the end and we wanted to finish it,” Lanteri said.
“We really wanted to just dig down deep and come back,” Cohen added.
Berlin scored its other four runs spread out over the other five innings - one in the first, two in the second and one in the fifth.
“We’re finally hitting like we’re capable of hitting,” Pires said. “Our pitching was there like it always is so I’m happy with that. We didn’t hit at the beginning of the game and at one point we had nine strikeouts through the first four innings.”
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