The Redskins of Neshaminy put on a good show in their 15-4 victory over the Falcons of Pennsbury on Thursday afternoon. The Redskins played good softball in all aspects of the game.
It all started with the great pitching of the lefty, senior Sarah Dowalo. She started off the game striking out her first two batters, and it set the tone for the game. She ended the game the same way she started it: with a strikeout. Dowalo went the distance in this game, pitching all six innings, only giving up four runs, and striking out seven batters.
Dowalo had a 2-run lead to work with before she even took the mound, as the bats were alive early for the Redskins. The very first batter of the game, senior Amber Brugger, went yard. She made a statement with that first swing. Brugger was intentionally walked three times out of her next four at-bats.
Two batters later, senior Natalie Rios stepped up to the plate. She wanted to match her teammate, hitting a deep shot, making sure to touch them all on her way home. It was her only homer of the game, but her bat was alive all game. She finished 4-of-5, with a trio of singles on top of the homerun.
Although the Redskins never trailed, they did lose their lead in the fourth inning when Pennsbury tied it at four. However, the tie did not last long. During the next at-bats for the Redskins, they broke the draw. A single by Amanda Kurtz drove two runs in. A few batters later, Victoria Smith singled to bring in another, giving the Redskins a 7-4 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.
The Falcons did not score again, but the Redskins piled it on in the sixth. Payton Steckroat started the scoring off with a shot to the left field fence, driving in two. The game seemed to be over, but was still in range, but Paige Metz made sure to kill all hope for the Falcons. She followed Steckroat’s lead, and with bases loaded, smashed it to the left field fence, clearing all the bases. The Redskins finished with eight in the sixth inning to push the lead to 15-4, where it stayed to finish the game.
The Redskins will try to keep the momentum going as they face the Wilson Bulldogs this Saturday at 11 a.m. Pennsbury will look to bounce back when they square off against the Donovan Catholic Griffins on Saturday at 1 p.m.