Lady Cavs upend Chase
There is an old saying in sports that good teams find a way to take advantage of their opponent’s mistakes. The East Rutherford softball team did just that Tuesday, scoring four unearned runs in a 6-2 win over Chase.
“It took a while for our bats to get going,” said Lady Cavalier coach Laura Hopper. “But once they did we got some big hits and then took advantage of some plays. The biggest thing is the dugout was loud and very supportive tonight and that was when we scored.”
“Whenever you have errors like that and give up four unearned runs to a team like East, it’s going to hurt you,” Chase coach Daniel Bailey said. “The good news is we played hard and still have our heads up. It was another typical Chase East game.”
Those six runs were more than enough for East pitcher Savannah Davis who did not allow an earned run, only giving up three hits while striking out 13 Trojans
“Savannah was great tonight,” Hopper said. “She always seemed to make the big pitch when she needed too and also got a big hit.”
After Chase (4-4, 3-4 SMAC) went quietly in the top of the first, East (9-2, 7-1 SMAC) threatened in the bottom half. Savannah Davis drew a one out walk and Emily Dotson sent a double to the centerfield fence. But Chase's Dakota Reid settled down with a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning.
Chase used its defense to escape a similar jam in the second. The Trojans Ashley Brown was on the front end of a 4-3 double play hit into by Ashlyn Vickers to keep the game scoreless.
Controversy erupted in the bottom of the third. After Christian Beheler walked, Raven Gray slapped an apparent base hit and advanced to second on the throw to third. However, Gray was called out for leaving the batter’s box too early. Beheler was allowed to stay at third in spite of protests by Bailey. That decision proved to be a big one as Beheler scored on a passed ball on the very next pitch to give East a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Cavs added three more runs in their next at bat. Davis came up with the big hit, a two run double and she came home after a Chase error. That outburst made the tally 4-0.
Erika Dover nearly put Chase on the board in the fifth with a deep drive to left field, but Leanna Briscoe made a leaping grab at the fence keep the shutout intact.
Chase finally got on the board in the sixth. After an error put runners on second and third with one out, Devyn Gowan collected an RBI on a fielder’s choice and Becca Hopkins hit a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 4-2.
East took advantage of another Chase miscue in the bottom half. After Briscoe and Beheler reached to start the inning, Gray grounded out, but a throwing error by the Trojans on the play allowed both runners to come home as the Caviler lead grew to 6-2.
Chase would not go quietly in their final at bat as Dover and Haley singled to start the inning. Davis settled down and struck out the next two batters, though and retired Ashley Brown on a popup to end the game.
Chase returns to action Thursday as they host Burns for the completion of a suspended game while East hosts Kings Mountain Friday. Both games are set to start at 4:30 p.m.
EAST RUTHERFORD 6, CHASE 2
Chase^000^002^0 — 2 3 2
E. Rutherford^001^302^X — 6 7 1
WP: S. Davis
LP: D. Reid