Eagles rally in double dip
Head Coach Bryan Dunrud has some pep in his pep talks. Two visits to the rubber to meet with the team sparked lively comebacks in a split with the Pillager Huskies.
NY Mills won the nightcap 10-7 after falling two runs short in the opener 9-7.
"You're a better team than this," Dunrud said.
The Eagles fell behind 6-1 in the top of the second inning of game one. After Dunrud's chat with his huddled infield the Eagles defense retired three of the next four Husky batters and held Pillager scoreless four consecutive innings.
It took until the fourth inning for the Eagles to get on the board. RaeAnna Salo knocked in EmaLeigh Roberts on a ground ball to third base. Salo reached safely and rounded the bags on past balls to score, cutting the Husky lead to 6-2.
NY Mills would tack on a run in the fifth. Amy Nebosis was hit by a pitch and scored on a single by Roberts and a throwing error.
Dunrud would return to the rubber in the sixth for another chat. The Huskies loaded the bases with one away.
His pep talk was enough to motivate Kendra McCall to fan two straight batters and get out of the jam.
McCall would end up pitching 12 of the 14 innings of play between the two games.
Pillager put up three runs in the top half of the last inning sending the Eagles to their last at-bats down 9-3.
Pinch hitter Brittany Lee led-off the inning with a line shot to right field that had extra bases written all over it, but was snow coned by rightfielder Jazmin Massie.
The Eagles did rally scoring four runs, lead off hitter to clean up, on a two RBI triple by Roberts and a single by Salo bringing home McCall and Micaela Lausten.
Husky starting pitcher Sam Harting roared back for the win and complete game by striking out the final two Eagle batters.
Eagles 10 Huskies 7
The Eagles put runs up in every odd inning of the second game plus three in the sixth.
Every batter reached base safely at least one time. The one-two punch of McCall and Salo at the top of the order led the way with two hits each. Both scored in the first inning to put NY Mills up early 2-0.
Pillager rallied in the fourth, looking for the sweep. The Huskies took their only lead of the game 6-5. The bottom four batters in the lineup all scored on a walk and three singles.
The Huskies' lead was short-lived. A single by Sam Welter followed by a double from Brittany Lee put the Eagles up for good.
Both would score on a throwing error, which allowed McCall to reach first and come around to third base. She would eventually score along with Nebosis and Lee in the final frame to put double digits up on the scoreboard.
Game notes: Game one lasted two hours and 40 minutes causing play to be hurried during the latter innings of the night game to finish before sunrise. The final out was made at 8:30 p.m. Sunset is approximately 8:31 p.m. this time of year.
Roberts had a tremendous at-bat spurring the late rally in game one. She fouled off seven pitches with two strikes before ripping a two-run triple.