By Bill Cross For The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin
---- — LAPEL — Ernie Banks may have wanted to “play two,” but Saturday the Lapel and Shenandoah softball teams seemed intent on playing three. In the end, Lapel swept a doubleheader with a 5-4 win in 13 innings and a 14-4 victory in six.
The twinbill originally was scheduled for 10 a.m., but wet weather pushed the start back to noon.
Game 1 turned into a classic.
Shenandoah scored first in the fourth inning when Jayden Barnard drove in Rachel Krathwohl. Lapel tied it in the bottom of the fifth on a single by Kirsten Rich. The seesaw affair went back to Shenandoah’s advantage in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Ashley Brown.
Lapel needed a run in the bottom of the seventh to keep the game going and had the top of the order coming up. Katelyn Willis slapped a lead-off single to right. With one out, Rich reached on an error and Willis moved to third. Daniele Burnell hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Willis and knot the game at 2-2. Rich was left stranded at third when Brooke Daniels hit a grounder to short and Mackenzie Land was forced at second.
The game was stalmated until the 10th when Shenandoah scored on a groundout by Taylor Goyette. Lapel tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Land drove in Burnell, who had led off with a double.
Shenandoah went back up in the 11th when Ellie Rider drove in Ali Cole for a 4-3 advantage. Lapel once again answered with a lead-off double by Willis and an RBI single by Rich.
Both teams left two runners on base in the 12th before Daniels sent the Raiders down in order in the top of the 13th. Willis was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the inning but was forced at second on a fielder’s choice by Hannah Harless. Rich struck out looking for the second out before Burnell drove a single to left-center. It brought up Land, who was 2-for-2 with three walks. Land laced a shot to right, eluding Morgan Tapscott’s glove and landing for the winning run.
“Kenzie Land has been struggling at the plate,” said Lapel coach Scott Rich. “She’s been thinking too much about it instead of getting up there and doing her job. Today she did her job, and it paid off for us.”
Krathwohl and Daniels both pitched the entire game. It was the second straight Saturday for Krathwohl to go extras after picking up a 17-inning win against Hagerstown.
“You can’t say ‘Shenandoah female athletics’ and not mention Rachel Krathwohl,” said Shenandoah coach Stacey Goyette. “I have a high level of respect and admiration for her because as a pitcher myself I know it is not just a physical endeavor, it is a long mental endeavor. It is an amazing task.”
The freshman Daniels won after giving up 13 hits in 13 innings with four walks and 10 strikeouts while Krathwohl surrendered 14 hits against four walks and eight strikeouts.
Game 2 nearly did not happen as several Lapel players had a choir concert and needed to be ready by 6 p.m. With Game 1 lasting for more than three hours, another game would push the Bulldogs to the brink of forfeiting. The decision was made to press on, and after a Tapscott two-run homer in the first for the Raiders, Lapel scored the next 12 runs to take command.
Tapscott’s home run was the only hit Shenandoah had against Lapel starter Makenzie McGuire until pinch-hitter Candy Chandler hit a liner up the middle in the fifth. Shenandoah scored twice in the fifth to keep the game going.
Lapel went after Shenandoah starter Sara Conner, scoring two runs in the second before a 10-run outburst in the third. Conner was lifted after Burnell hit a three-run homer and Land singled. Daniels hit an 0-1 pitch for a single off of reliever Tapscott before McGuire grounded out to end the inning.
The Bulldogs had 17 hits in Game 2 and left seven runners on base after leaving 14 on in Game 1. Lapel also hit three home runs, with Land and Rich hitting two-run shots to go along with Burnell’s three run homer.
Rich’s shot came in the sixth and was the game-ending hit.
Shenandoah finished with two hits in Game 2 and left a total of 15 runners on base. Goyette and Krathwohl had three hits apiece for the Raiders.
The two wins gave the Bulldogs a shot of confidence going into sectional play after dropping a 4-3 decision to Wapahani in eight innings. Wapahani will be Lapel’s first-round opponent in 10 days.
Both wins came from freshmen pitchers, and Scott Rich was happy with the way both pitched, especially Daniels.
“They want to be in the circle,” Rich said of Daniels and McGuire. “They’ve been good for us all year.”
Shenandoah (14-9) hosts Cowan on Monday while Lapel (15-10) will host Guerin Catholic on Tuesday in its final home regular-season game.